Program Fees & Costs


If you have found a job as a teacher in the USA and need a visa, you can use our SELF-PLACEMENT PROGRAM. The fees can be paid either by the participant or by the host school. You can apply for the GEC Teach USA program 100% FREE and wait for a job offer from a school in the GEC Partner School Network. Placement is not guaranteed. Schools make the final hiring decisions.
Application fee $450 FREE / Sponsored by GEC ( values $450)
Placement Fee n/a FREE / Sponsored by GEC ( values $4,550)
1-year program fee $2500 FREE / Sponsored by GEC ( values $2,500)
Program fee / each additional year $1500 / year *** Due date: July 1 $1500 / year *** Due date: July 1

The program fee includes the following;

  • Review and processing of an application for sponsorship
  • J-1 Visa sponsorship (DS-2019 form)
  • SEVIS fee ($220)
  • Program pre-departure orientation and materials
  • Monitoring of the program in the U.S.
  • 24/7 in-country support from GEC

Other Application and Pre-departure Expenses;

  • J-1 Visa Application Processing Fee: $185
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation: $200 – $ 350
  • Exchange Visitor Insurance (Required for each and J2 visa holder)
  • Airfare to and from the U.S.

Additional Expenses GEC may charge (Optional Services);

  • Change of host school ( different school/district): $750
  • Change of host school ( within the same school district): $0
  • J2 visa sponsorship: $ 550 / year for each J2 visa holder  + Insurance
  • Travel validation: $30
  • Program extension application: $750  ( Non-refundable)

Expenses after You Arrive in the U.S

You are responsible for and required to have or bring ‘’minimum’’ $7,500 for yourself and ‘’minimum’’ $1,500 for each of your dependents (if applicable) to cover expenses such as housing and transportation arrangements, food, utilities, health services, teaching license etc. until you get your first paycheck in the U.S, which might take 6 – 10 weeks after your date of arrival.


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation of the program for any reason (including visa refusal) after application review and acceptance by the GEC will incur the following cancellation fees:

  • If GEC is advised of the cancellation at least 28 days before DS- 2019 start date: $500
  • If GEC is advised of the cancellation 27 days to 1 day before the DS 2019 start date: $ 1000
  • If GEC is not advised until on or after the DS 2019 start date: The entire program fee
  • A $500 cancelation fee applies if a ”GEC Placement” program participant abandons the program before the end of the first school year.
  • Cancellation/visa denial for J2 dependent visa: $300