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
.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.
4. How do I apply for scholarships?
The scholarship application is incorporated into the undergraduate admission application. All you need to do is simply check the box next to the scholarship for which you would like to be considered.
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.
◾If you enter Truman State University as a beginning freshman with no transfer credits, you are eligible for eight (8) semesters of scholarship.
◾If you enter Truman State University as a transfer student with 30-59 transfer credits, you are eligible for six (6) semesters of scholarship.
◾If you enter Truman State University as a transfer student with 60-89 transfer credits, you are eligible for four (4) semesters of scholarship.
◾If you enter Truman State University as a transfer student with 90 plus transfer credits, you are eligible for two (2) semesters of scholarship.
◾You must maintain a Truman grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and earn at least 24 credit hours each year (two semesters) to renew your scholarship at 100%.
◾Your academic progress will be checked at the end of every two semesters and renewed on the following scale:
◾.25 and above: Full renewal
◾3.20-3.24: 90% of original scholarship(s)
◾3.10-3.19: 80% of original scholarship(s)
◾3.00-3.09: 70% of original scholarship(s)
◾Beginning the third semester, a student must work 60 hours per semester of service to the university. These service hours are called scholarship hours and allow for full renewal of the academic scholarship.
◾If a student chooses not to work scholarship hours, he/she may renew only 50% of the academic scholarship.
◾Scholarships of $1500 or below do not require service hours.
9. Can I have all my scholarship applied to my first semester's fees?
No, Truman State University awards the scholarship for one academic year. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Therefore one half of your scholarship is applied each semester.
10. What if I lose my scholarship?
In the event that a student loses his/her scholarship, the student along with the parent(s) and/or sponsor(s) is responsible for payment of all educational and living costs.
11. Can I increase my President's Honorary Scholarship after I arrive?
No, the 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. The Truman State University Foundation provides more then 400 Foundation Scholarships. The criterion for eligibility varies for each scholarship. The scholarships are funded by gifts to the University.
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.
18. I was in an English school, do I need to take the TOEFL?
No, while all Truman students are required to take a Proficiency Exam such as TOEFL, they may choose to take the same proficiency exams as the Americans (ACT or SAT) or the TOEFL.
19. If I completed an intensive English Program through ELS or KAPLAN, 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?
International students have to prove that they can support themselves while in the United States, so you should have sufficient funds to cover at least the amount of tuition for each year you plan to attend Truman. Your bank statement should show at least $26,000.
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. While we will accept original transcripts and other admissions documents we strongly suggest that you keep any originals for future use and only send the certified copies to our office.
32. When will I receive an answer about my admission?
After you submit all required documents you will receive a complete file email. Then, your file will be submitted to the Admissions Committee in order to be reviewed. This process may take up to four weeks. Once the Committee makes a decision on your case, you will receive an answer on your admission by email.
33. When will I get my I-20?
Once you are admitted to Truman State University, you will receive an admissions email and instructions about your admission package. Your package will be sent up to two weeks after your admission decision. Your package will include an Acceptance Letter, your I-20, and the Registration Guide and Forms required for your enrollment at Truman.
35. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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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