International Non-US Citizen Admissions


 I-20 (F-1 VISA) Requirements for Admission

International students play an important role in enhancing the cross cultural experiences of the student body. There are specific entrance requirements and procedures for international student applicants that may differ from an applicant who is a U.S. Citizen. The strength of the high-school equivalent or college/university program, the record of academic aptitude demonstrated by SAT or ACT results, the TOEFL results and questions on the application are important in determining admission. Jessup applicants who submit academic records for coursework taken outside the United States must submit those records to any credential evaluator approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). To view a list of approved service providers, visit Credential Evaluator Services on the web.  The student is responsible for associated fees.

 Carefully consider the following:

Ø  The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam is required of all international students and must be taken before acceptance to the university is granted. NOTE: You can be exempt from taking the TOEFL if you have completed at least 4 years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary level in which English was the language of instruction, and can provide a letter from the institution stating English is the primary language of instruction.  If this is the case, then either you must submit the SAT or ACT instead, unless you are a college transfer with greater than 24 academic solid semester units completed.  The TOEFL may still be required if SAT or ACT English language results prove insufficient.

Ø  On the TOEFL exam the minimum score requirement is a 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or a 90 on the internet based test (iBT).  Contact the TOEFL Service directly for testing information:

TOEFL Service
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA

Ø  No U.S. government aid is available to foreign students, including student loans. However, we do offer a $3,500 International Student Grant and you may qualify for Jessup academic and athletic scholarships. We do not offer full scholarships. These scholarships are only partial awards and will not cover the entire cost of an education at Jessup.  You will be responsible for any remaining tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. Please contact the Admissions Office for details about the applicable scholarships. 

Ø  You must provide official evidence of complete financial support for your annual cost of attendance (COA) at Jessup.  The annual COA is listed in I-20 (F-1 VISA) Requirements for Admission '15-'16.  The official evidence that the funds are available must be shown by monthly bank statements for one year with the total amount in U.S. dollars and can be from more than one source.

Ø  The U.S. "Affidavit of Support" (form I-134) is the most common form used for official evidence.  The Affidavit of Support instructions may prove helpful .  On the Affidavit of Support, the sponsor must state the exact duration and amount of money or provisions the sponsor intends to provide.  If you have more than one sponsor, you must provide an Affidavit of Support form for each.

Ø  If the student's personal funds are going to be used to pay for all or a portion of their educational costs at Jessup, then official evidence that the funds are available must be submitted to Jessup, shown through monthly bank statements, for one year, with the total amount in U.S. dollars equaling one of the budgeted amounts listed in the I-20 (F-1 VISA Requirements for Admission '15-'16, depending on living situation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Once the admissions requirements are completed and official documentation of complete and sufficient financial support for an I-20 are provided, the admission application will be submitted for consideration. If accepted, the student must pay a $5,000 (US Dollars) enrollment deposit in order to reserve a spot and be eligible to register for classes.  If the student cancels before the first day of classes, Jessup will fully refund the $5,000.  Upon receipt of the enrollment deposit, an I-20 will be issued to the student.  Each semester balance owed must be paid before starting classes or else be reported to INS.
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