International Admissions Process
Applying for admission to FCC and getting your travel documents are two separate processes. Acceptance to the college is determined internally here at FCC and the other is determined by the U.S. Federal Government. Both require certain documents to determine eligibility to legally enter the U.S. and study at a U.S. college or university.
The following is a step-by-step process for admission to the college for students wanting to come to the U.S. from their home country and needing an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) form.
- Submit a completed paper admissions application with local (Maryland) sponsor’s address and student’s address from their home country. (Download from website – www.frederick.edu)
- Submit an official high school (secondary school) transcript evaluation in English. Accepted evaluators include World Education Services (www.wes.org ) and American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org). Ask for the document by document evaluation.
- Submit the I-134 Affidavit of Support - a statement of financial resources including the amount and source of support for the prospective student (see attached forms). The College is unable to provide scholarship assistance to international student applicants. The estimated minimum cost of tuition, fees, books, health and living expenses per year is $23,000. Students attending the college on the F Visa will be classified as out-of-state residents for tuition purposes while at FCC.
- Submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores directly to the Admissions Office. Minimum acceptable score is 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test or 61 on the internet-based test.
Submit all application materials and required documents by June 1 for the subsequent fall semester and October 15 for the subsequent spring semester.
The I-20 is issued at the time the student is formally accepted and admitted to the college once the above listed documents have been received and evaluated for minimum requirements. Once accepted, you will be required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and ensures that they maintain their status while in the U.S. Each student issued an initial I-20 is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP. The fee must be paid in advance of your visa appointment and proof of purchase must be brought with you to your appointment. For more information on the fee and how to pay you can visit: www.fmjfee.com
Students are expected to arrive no later than August 10 for fall and January 10 for spring. Once the student has been approved for the F-1 Visa and arrives on campus, he/she must complete the College placement tests as appropriate. Referral to take the test will be given to the student at the time he/she arrives on campus.