INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
           
 
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Application for Admission
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Reinstatement  
 
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Documents to be Submitted to SCCC
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Scholarships  
 
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English Proficiency
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Student Health Records  
 
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Employment of International Students
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Student Housing  
 
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Estimate of Student Expenses
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Time Lines  
 
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Exit Information
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Transcript  
 
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In-Status Classification
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Transfer  
 
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Payment of Student Account
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Vaccination Recommendations  
 
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Proof of Financial Support
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  General Information:
  New Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations require colleges to utilize the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as of February 15, 2003. Student information will be entered into this online system, and all I-20 forms will be issued to students through SEVIS.
Time Lines:
 

The time needed to complete the immigration process varies from country to country due to different embassy policies and the time needed to obtain and mail documents, money orders, etc.

 

The time needed for SCCC/ATS to complete the admissions process depends upon the applicant providing all of the required documentation in a timely manner. Therefore, the following time line is recommended as a guide for applicants to have all required documents on file at SCCC/ATS. For attendance at SCCC/ATS for the specified semester, required documentation should be on file by:

 
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July 1 for the Fall Semester (August)

 
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November 1 for the Spring Semester (January)

 
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April 1 for the Summer Semester (June)

  Applications and documentation received after the specified date will be processed as time allows.
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Documents to be Submitted to SCCC/ATS:
  International Students interested in attending Seward County Community College/Area Technical School(SCCC/ATS) must meet all admission requirements as stated in the SCCC/ATS College Catalog and on the web-site. The following documents must be submitted in order to be accepted for admission and for a Certificate of Eligibility (INS Form I-20) to be issued:
       
Application for Admission & Fee
Scholarship Application
       
Official Transcripts
Student Living Center Contract & Deposit
       
Proof of Financial Support
Proof of Health Insurance
       
Financial Resource Statement
Vaccination Records
     
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Application for Admission
   
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Plus a $100 International Student Application Fee (non-refundable).
     
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The $100 application fee is used to offset some of the costs of International Student processing and completing forms required for admission. The payment should be made by money order in U.S. Dollars, payable to Seward County Community College.
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Official Transcripts - High School & College - certified copy, translated into English.
     
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SCCC requires proof of graduation from an accredited high school or secondary level institution, or a certificate of equivalency from a recognized agency. This documentation should be an official, certified copy in English.
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Proof of financial support from family/financial institution/sponsor. Must be in English and show U.S. Dollars.
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Financial Resource Statement
 
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Three letters of recommendation addressing the student's character, scholastic ability, and ability to benefit from an education at SCCC/ATS.

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SCCC Scholarship Application (If interested in applying for a scholarship)
     
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International students may be eligible for various scholarships through SCCC/ATS; a limited number are available for those who qualify. A scholarship application should be returned by the priority date listed on the scholarship application.
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SCCC Student Living Center Contract (Scholarship recipients are required to reside in student housing)
   
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Plus a $100 room deposit.
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Proof of health insurance coverage with a U.S. company.
   

Proof of health insurance coverage with a United States insurance company is strongly recommended in the process of receiving an I-20 to attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School (SCCC/ATS).

   

While SCCC/ATS does NOT endorse any particular health insurance company/association, SCCC/ATS does belong to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  AACC is just one of the associations /companies that endorse health insurance plans for international students. 

    If you choose to review the health plan endorsed by the American Association of Community Colleges, go to www.studentinsuranceusa.com or call 800-367-5830.
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Personal health records that include immunization/vaccination records.
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Recommended Vaccinations - The Immunization Program of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends that all college students be immunized against:
   
 
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Tetanus
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Diphtheria
       
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Hepatitis B
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Varicella (Chicken Pox)
         
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Influenza
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Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
 
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It is also recommended that students in the health professions have additional protection against:
   
 
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Polio
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Tuberculosis
 
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The American Health Association states “college students (living in residence halls) should consider vaccination against Meningococcal Disease.”
 
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An exclusion policy is recommended for deficient students, with only medical or religious exemptions.
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Proof of Financial Support:
  USCIS Regulations require students to provide sufficient proof of financial support to pay for the educational costs listed by the college. This documentation must be received by SCCC/ATS before an I-20 can be issued to the student. Specific information should be supplied on the  Financial Resource Statement. Supporting documents from financial institutions are recommended.
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Estimate of Student Expenses:
 
Fall/Spring Semesters
Tuition and Fees $3,744
Room and Board $4,580
Books and Supplies $800

Health Insurance

$500
Misc.expenses (personal items, transportation, etc.) $2,339
TOTAL $11,963
Summer Session

Tuition and Fees

$784

Room and Board

$1,127

Books and Supplies

$200

Misc. expenses (personal items, transportation, etc.)

$814
TOTAL $2,925
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Payment of Student Account:
  Students are expected to pay for tuition, fees, books, and student housing costs that are incurred at the beginning of each semester. Students with a delinquent account are subject to cancellation of their enrollment and termination as a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
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English Proficiency:
  Academic or language deficiency may hinder students from immediate placement into a degree program. Therefore, if available, students should provide proof of English Proficiency in the form of:
  - A certificate of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of:
 
- 500 on paper-based test
 
- OR - 173 on computer-based test
 
- OR - 61 on Internet-based test
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  - A record of successful completion of English Courses on a transcript will suffice.
  Students will be required to take the COMPASS placement test to determine skill level for placement into college level classes. If COMPASS scores indicate the need, students may be asked to take the CASAS test and to enroll in the appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
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In-Status Classification:
 
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The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require International Students with an F-1 Visa attending college in the United States to maintain full-time student status each semester.
 
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The USCIS defines "In-Status" classification as completion of 12 credit hours each semester (Fall and Spring). An F-1 student must be "In-Status" to be eligible for any benefits such as work permit for practical training, program extension, school transfer, and adjustment of status.
 
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If a student wishes to take any classes online, the student MUST be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours on campus and a minimum of 3 credit hours online through EduKan.
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Student Housing:
 

International Students who receive institutional scholarships are required to live in college housing.

 

 

Cost for the academic year is $4,580 for a double occupancy room and 19 meals per week or $5,580 for a single occupancy room (based upon availability) and 19 meals per week.

 

 

The Student Living Center is conveniently located on campus and close to the Cafeteria, the Student Union, classrooms and the library. Campus Security patrols the Student Living Center along with the entire campus.

 

  All student housing facilities are relatively new construction furnished with beds, desks, chests, bookcases, etc. Students must provide their own sheets, blankets, towels, etc. A signed Student Housing Contract and a $100 room deposit is required; payment for one semester is expected before a student moves in. The following amenities are provided within the contract price:
     
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spacious rooms with individual climate control
     
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elevator
     
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lighted parking lot
     
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local phone service
     
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internet and cable TV access in room
     
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security cameras

     
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computer lab
     
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student lounges
     
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student study room
     
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game room with TV
     
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outdoor basketball court
     
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ice machine & vending machines
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Employment of International Students:
  International students interested in working on-campus must obtain a Social Security card before they can work. In order to obtain a social security card, students must:
 
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Check Financial Aid's website to see what positions are open on-campus - AVAILABLE POSITIONS.
 
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Ask the supervisor for the position you want if you can work for him/her.
 
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Go to the Financial Aid office and fill out the International Student Work-Study Interest Form.
 
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Go to the Registrar's Office and tell the Assistant Registrar that you will need to get a social security card. She will provide you with letters to take to the Social Security office in Dodge City, KS.
 
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Go to the Social Security Office. Take the letters from the Assistant Registrar, your I-20, I-94, Visa, and Passport.
 
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Students may only work 10 hours/week while school is in session.
 
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Students may work 20 hours/week when school in NOT in session (winter break, spring break, etc.).
  International Students interested in working off-campus:
 
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Must first seek on-campus employment.
 
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Must have attended college in the United States for one full academic year.
 
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Apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Employment Authorization. If approved, the work permit is good for a maximum of one year. In order to apply, you must:
 
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Show severe economic hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.
   
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Be in good academic standing.
   
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Be enrolled in a full course of study (at least 12 credit hours).
   
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Ask the Assistant Registrar to print a new I-20 so you may apply for Employment Authorization.
   
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Complete an I-765. Information on this can be found here.
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New I-20 for Employment Authorization, printed by Assistant Registrar.
     
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A letter stating why you need to work off-campus. The letter must state the nature of the academic hardship you are facing that is beyond your control and was not an issue when you first became a student with an F-1 Visa. The letter must also state how working will not adversely impact your ability to attend school full-time and maintain good academic standing.
     
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A letter from your sponsor explaining the loss of support, illness in the family, political or natural catastrophe.
     
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Bank statements - 3 months worth, in English, with U.S. Dollars.
     
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Budget - 3 months worth, showing income & expenses
     
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Copy of Passport
     
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Copy of Visa & I-94
     
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Transcript
     
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$380 check or money order, made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
      *The I-765 & payment can be submitted online; all other documents must be mailed to the USCIS.
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Transfer Information:
    TRANSFERRING TO SCCC/ATS:
   
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International Students with a valid Form I-20 seeking to transfer to SCCC/ATS from another college must follow the standard admissions procedures outlined above. Students must also request their current college/university transfer their I-20 to SCCC/ATS once the standard admissions procedures have been completed.

   
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Transcripts from all institutions attended must be received by SCCC/ATS before you will be allowed to enroll.
   
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Intent to Transfer form must be completed by the student & current school, then sent to SCCC/ATS.
    TRANSFERRING FROM SCCC/ATS TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION:
   
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International Students at SCCC/ATS seeking a transfer to another college must meet the admission requirements of that college which will include the USCIS "In-Status" classification at SCCC/ATS.
   
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Request that your official SCCC/ATS transcript be sent to the college/university where you have applied.
   
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Transcript Request Form
   
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Once accepted to another school, request that your I-20 be sent to that school.
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Reinstatement:
 
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An International Student who fails to maintain a full course of study each semester will be reported to the USCIS District Office in Wichita, Kansas as "out of status"; this classification requires the International Student to apply to USCIS for reinstatement. The reinstatement process involves sending the USCIS District Office a completed USCIS Form I-539 and requires numerous documents to be enclosed, including evidence of financial support, an official transcript verifying continued full-time enrollment, the original current I-94 card, original I-20, passport and visa, new I-20, a letter from the student explaining the circumstances, a personal check or money order for $290 made payable to USCIS, and any additional supporting evidence.
 
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The USCIS will make a decision and notify the International Student as well as the college. If the student is reinstated, the I-20 and I-94 will be marked "Reinstatement Approved" and dated and returned to the student. If the student is not reinstated, a date of voluntary departure will be issued by which time the student must leave the United States and return to their home; this action of deportation is usually within 30 days of notification and may not be appealed.
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Exit Information:
 
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Upon completion of your program of study, you will have 60 days to return to your home country.
 
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In order to return to the U.S. and study, you will need to apply for admission and obtain a new SEVIS I-20/ DS-2019.
 
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Upon completion, you must complete an Exit Form and submit it to the Assistant Registrar.
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