Financial Aid & Scholarships:
International students will find a warm welcome at York College. We value the contributions of our international students, and view them as an asset to our college! Your cultural perspective brings a fresh and unique view to class discussions and social activities on campus.
Some international students find the transition to American culture and society to be a difficult experience. However, at York College, we provide a safe, small-town atmosphere and small class sizes to help you feel comfortable and confident as you pursue your college degree in the United States. Many international students assume leadership roles on campus, serving their fellow students in a variety of challenging positions.
International students seeking admission to York College should begin the process early. United States laws require us to register international students with a federal agency, and this takes additional time for processing documents. Once you have been accepted for admission and have received your I-20, you must make an appointment with your local American Embassy to obtain a visa for entry into the United States. The Embassy may schedule your appointment several days or even weeks after you receive your I-20.
Students wishing to be admitted in a fall semester should submit all documentation before July 1. Applications submitted after July 1 will be considered for spring semester admission, as it will not be possible to issue the I-20, get it delivered to you, and you have your Embassy appointment completed in time for the start of fall classes.
To be considered for admission, international students should submit the following:
* Each student must send a $1,500 emergency fund deposit, not to be used for regular school expenses. These funds are held in reserve for the student to use in emergencies such as sudden illness or if the need arises to travel home unexpectedly. If the money is not used, or the student does not enroll, it will be refunded less any amount still owed on the student’s account with York College.
** Each student must also send a $20,000 enrollment deposit, which will be used to cover the student's institutional costs for the first year. This is the average annual expense for two semesters at York College; it includes the cost of tuition, fees, a room in the dorm, meals in the dining hall, books, supplies, and miscellaneous expenses (not including health insurance). This amount ($20,000) is reported to the United States Government when we process the I-20. International students need be able to document that the combined total of their personal funds and any scholarships earned will equal to at least $20,000.
Upon receipt of these deposits and the other admissions items, the student's credentials will be evaluated by the Acceptance Committee. If the student is accepted, an I-20 Form will be issued, which will enable the student to obtain a student visa. An I-20 will be sent only after all of the items listed above have been received, and the student has been accepted for admission to York College.
Most international students are accepted on a conditional basis, requiring a lighter course load (13 hours) for the first semester and a cumulative GPA of 1.60 or higher by the end of the first semester. (If the student is not accepted, all of the deposits will be returned with the exception of the $100 non-refundable application fee.)
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid from the U.S. government or student loans from York College. However, there are a few sources of financial aid for international students at York College.
1. Athletic scholarships. We offer baseball (M), basketball (M/W), soccer (M/W), softball (W), volleyball (W), and wrestling (M). Prospective students should contact the coach directly about scholarship opportunities. Since it is usually not possible for the coach to see you perform in person, it is helpful if you have a videotape of yourself competing in your sport to send to the coach for review. Applying for a spot on a sports team does not guarantee you a place on the team.
This scholarship is awarded on a recommendation basis. Please present letters as proof of your participation in or completion of the following:
You may also have the following references write a letter of recommendation on your behalf (only one reference per category below):
All letters must be postmarked no later than July 31.
Each letter produced will equal an award of $250 per year, up to $1,000 (or 4 letters).
Paying for College
As part of the application process, you will be required to submit documentation to prove that you or your family can pay for your education while you are in the United States. You cannot receive an I-20 unless you prove that you can support yourself while in college.
NOTE: If you submit documents that say you can pay for college, then arrive and tell us you cannot pay for college, but need to get a job off-campus, you can be deported for submitting false documents. Do not come to college and plan on getting a job (off-campus) once you are here! When you receive your I-20, which is an official U.S. government document, the following warnings are printed on the form:
International students must pay the balance of the first semester’s expenses on or before the date of registration. Each semester's expenses must be paid before the first day of classes.
The U.S. government’s current position regarding international students is: “Come here legally, pay for college, enroll in college, stay in college, graduate on time, then return to your home country and serve your nation with what you have learned.” Any student actions that fall outside of that sequence of events will create difficulties for the student.
Many U.S. embassy officials are asking international students to demonstrate that they have a plan to return to their home country after receiving a college degree. Several students have been denied visas because they were unable to convince an embassy official that they would return home after college. Make sure you have a plan for returning home, or even a job to return to, and be able to present your plan or evidence of future employment convincingly.
Additional Resources: International Admissions Checklist
Please direct all questions regarding admissions to York College via e-mail to David Odom, Director of Admissions.