International Students FAQ
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International Students: Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t see your question listed below? Email the friendly staff in Truman State University’s Center for International Students (CIS) with any questions about your admissions process.
English Proficiency Exam
Certificate of Financial Support
Getting a Visa
- Spring Admissions — November 1
- Fall Admissions — June 1
- Nursing program — January 31
2. How do I apply to Truman?
Fill out an online application or apply through the Common Application.
3. Does Truman offer any kind of Financial Aid?
Truman State University offers financial aid to international students in the form of academic scholarships. Approximately 85% of all new international students each year will be awarded a President’s Honorary Scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.
5. How much scholarship is available?
Our most common scholarship is the International President’s Honorary Scholarship, which ranges from $1,000-$6,000. You can find more information on our scholarships page.
6. If I get a scholarship, will I need to have proof of financial support from my family or sponsor?
Yes, Truman State University is pleased to offer partial scholarships to international students, but we seldom offer full scholarships that cover tuition and all other fees. You must prove one year of financial support and project financial support for the rest of your education. U.S. law requires that the University has this proof of financial support before we can issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility with which you apply for the student visa. You must also prove financial support to the U.S. Consulate when applying for the student visa.
7. Is the scholarship for one year or for my entire education?
The number of transfer credits you receive determines the length your scholarship is awarded. Scholarships are awarded for up to eight semesters depending on the number of transfer credits received.
8. What are the conditions for keeping my scholarship?
In order to renew your scholarship at 100%, you must receive a Truman grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The amount of scholarship renewed decreases as Truman GPA decreases, and that scale can be found here. Students must also work 60 hours per semester of service to the university through scholarship hours beginning their third semester.
9. Can I have all my scholarship applied to my first semester’s fees?
No, Truman State University awards scholarships for one academic year. The academic year is divided into two semesters, with one half of your scholarship applied each semester.
11. Can I increase my Truman scholarships after I arrive?
No, the International President’s Honorary Scholarship is awarded at the time of admission and cannot be increased after your enrollment. However, Truman State University makes other types of scholarships available to students during their studies, such as the Foundation Scholarships.
13. I want to work to pay for my education. Is this allowed?
No, it is not legally possible for a student to work enough to pay for their education. See the rules of employment for F-1 students below.
Also, given the challenging nature of the Truman State University curriculum and the energy required for cultural adjustment, students should not plan to work on campus over 10 hours per week or they will not be able to maintain their grades at the required level.
14. What are the rules of employment for F-1 student visa holders?
Students who hold an F-1 visa may work on campus from the first day of the semester. Each student is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session or 39 hours per week during breaks and holidays. The student is responsible for obtaining his/her own on-campus job if he/she so wishes. Truman State University does not provide job placement.
The holder of an F-1 visa may not work off-campus without permission of the USCIS. The student may apply to the USCIS for off-campus work permission after the completion of one academic year (nine months). The applicant must submit documents proving severe unforeseen ‘financial need.’ Since the application process takes approximately 90 days, students should not plan on working off-campus for at least 12 months from arrival. The application cost is $340.
16. Do I need to take a different English test if I took the West African Exam Council (WAEC) exam?
Yes, you will need to take ONE of the English proficiency tests listed on our Admissions Requirements page.
19. If I completed an intensive English Program through ELS , do I need to take the TOEFL?
No, if you complete the 12 levels of the ELS program (or 9 levels of TLC) you are not required to take an English Proficiency Exam.
21. How much money do I need to have currently?
International students must show enough funds to cover tuition for the first year. Your bank statement should show at least $27,577 for undergraduate students or $28,603 for graduate students.
24. In which subject should I write my essay?
You can find the topics for the essay on our Admission Requirements page.
26. Will I be able to receive the original copies of my transcripts back?
No, we are not able to return original copies of any admissions documents. We will accept original copies, but we strongly suggest sending certified copies rather than originals.
29. Which transcripts do I need to submit?
You must submit transcripts from all educational pursuits, including high school and any college or university attended, and examination scores. These may include GCE O-Levels and A-Levels, as well as WAEC scores if from Africa.
32. When will I receive an answer about my admission?
After all required documents have been received, you will be sent an email informing you that your file is complete and has been sent to the Admissions Committee. Please allow up to four weeks for an admission decision to be made. You will be notified of your admission decision via email.
33. When will I get my I-20?
Once you are fully admitted to Truman State University, your I-20 will be sent up to two weeks after admission. Your package will include your I-20, along with other acceptance materials. Depending on the location and mail services in your area, please allow up to two weeks for your acceptance package to arrive.
34. What are the documents required for the consulate?
You are required to take your I-20, Acceptance Letter, SEVIS receipt, and Passport. For further information, you may visit the American Consulate website of your country. Scheduling an appointment with the American Consulate is required in order for you to get a visa. There is usually a fee to schedule an appointment with the Consulate.
36. What is the SEVIS fee?
SEVIS, or Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, is administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The SEVIS fee of $200 for potential F-1 visa holders and $180 for potential J-1 visa holders must be paid to the Department of Homeland Security in order for the student to complete his/her visa application.
37. Who is required to pay the SEVIS fee?
All international students must pay the SEVIS fee in order to be registered on SEVIS. You may visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website at www.fmjfee.com in order to make a payment.
38. How long does it take to get a visa interview?
It depends on the country. We recommend that you get information on the visa process as soon as possible. Visit the American Consulate website for your home country to do so.
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