Hosting an au pair is a cost-effective way for your family to have full-time, live-in childcare. The cost of the program is about $375 a week and is the same regardless of the number of children a family has, making it a cost-effective option for families with multiple children. (Especially compared to nannies and daycare.) As a non-profit organization, InterExchange strives to keep our program fees low and straightforward.
Here’s an explanation of program costs you can expect when hosting an au pair.
InterExchange Program Fees
- There is no application fee to apply to the program. You pay nothing until you match with the right au pair.
- The total program fees are $8690. You pay a $2500 downpayment upon matching and the balance of $6190 when your au pair arrives to the U.S.
- We offer a payment plan option allowing you to pay the $6190 over a six month period. There’s a fee of $290 for this option.
- A $35 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) visa processing fee for out of country au pairs.
What Program Fees Cover
Program fees cover a variety of costs associated with hosting an au pair and include year-round support from our team to make your hosting experience a success.
- Support from one of our Program Specialists during the matching process
- Placement of a carefully screened, qualified au pair with your family
- International flight for your au pair to New York and return travel to his/her home country at the successful completion of the program
- Accident and sickness insurance for your au pair
- Online and 4-Day NYC Orientation and Training Program for your au pair
- In-home interview and arrival orientation with a Local Coordinator
- Local Coordinator monthly check-ins and planned activities for your au pair
- Support from our New York office when you need it, including 24/7 emergency support.
Weekly Stipend Paid to Your Au Pair Directly
The other main cost is the weekly stipend paid to your au pair, which is a minimum of $195.75. This is paid every week, and can either be in the form of a check, direct deposit, or cash (don’t forget the receipt!).
Other Costs of Hosting an Au Pair
There are a few other miscellaneous costs in addition to those paid to InterExchange and your au pair.
$500 Education Stipend
It’s a U.S. Department of State requirement that au pairs take academic courses as a part of their au pair year. These courses allow au pairs to further their education, as well as learn more about U.S. culture and meet Americans. You’ll be required to contribute $500 towards these classes.
You will be responsible for arranging your au pair’s travel from our Orientation and Training program in New York City to your community. This is a cost effective option for families since you can shop for the best airfares and can even use your airline miles. Many other agencies charge a flat fee which can often be more expensive than purchasing the flight yourself.
Room and board
Since the program is live-in, you’ll need to budget for having an additional person living in your home. Families are expected to provide three meals a day for the au pair.
If your au pair is expected or permitted to use the family car, you’ll need to add him/her to your automobile insurance policy.
Depending upon the state in which you live, you may be required to have Workers’ Compensation insurance for your au pair. Usually, your homeowners insurance agent can provide you with information on what is required in your state.
Facilitating travel to classes and monthly cluster meetings.
InterExchange events are an important part of the au pair program and we ask that families support au pairs in attending these events by providing the au pair with access to transportation.
An international travel and cultural exchange enthusiast, Heidi has 20 years of management experience in the au pair and cultural exchange industry. Drawing from her time living in Paris and as a working mom with a large family, she is passionate about the au pair program and its benefits to au pair, family and community.