Banking and Transfer of Funds
Each prospective student should become thoroughly familiar with government regulations for exchanging and forwarding money to the United States, since each country has specific guidelines. You should make arrangements to have the necessary funds available at the beginning of each semester. Some governments put a limit on the amount of funds allowed to be taken out of the country, and others may hold or restrict funds until Hofstra's letter of admittance and immigration documents are presented.
You generally get a better exchange rate if you change your money to United States dollars before leaving your country.
How much money should you bring?
It is not necessary to carry more than $300 in cash into the United States. The rest of the money that you need for immediate expenses can be in the form of travelers checks, a debit card or credit card. Your home bank should be able to give you a credit/debit card that can be used at ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) within the United States in order to withdraw cash. However, there are daily limits on cash withdrawals which normally range from $300 to $400 per day. Remember that tuition, housing, meals, books and supplies must be paid in full at the beginning of each semester.
Transfer of Funds
If you wish to wire funds to Hofstra University to make a payment for your account, please contact the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs and the wire transfer payment instructions will be made available to you.
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