How much is the SEVIS I-901 Fee?
For students (F-1, F-3, M-1 or M-3) : $200.00
For spouses and dependent children (F-2, M-2 or J-2) : Free
For exchange visitors (J-1) : $180.00
Additional SEVIS fee information is available here
How do I apply to become a student (F or M)?
You must apply to a SEVP approved school. If the school accepts you, you will receive a Form I-20 from the school. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before applying for a visa, status at a POE (point of entry), or filing for a change of status.
When do Prospective Students or Exchange Visitors Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee?
Pay the fee before you go to your visa interview at the United States embassy or consulate. The SEVIS I-901 fee payment does not have to be completed until you appear for the interview. You can schedule an interview before you make the SEVIS I-901 fee payment. Allow time for the payment to be received and verified.
What happens if I do not pay the fee?
If you are required to pay the fee and do not, you will be denied a visa and or entry to the United States. If you are already in the United States and are required to pay the fee before submitting a benefit application, not paying the fee is grounds for denying your application.
If you did not pay the SEVIS I-901 fee when required, pay it as soon as you discover the error so that you will not be denied benefits you might otherwise be granted. Failure to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee is not a basis for removal. However, if you do not pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, you may jeopardize your status. Not maintaining your status is a basis for removal.
Additional information regarding studying with a student visa in the U.S.