A Form I-20 is a government document on which the College of Saint Elizabeth certifies to the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 student status.
You need a Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa, to gain F-1 status, or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring or changing schools within the United States.
How to Get a Form I-20
- Use the "Cost Estimator" worksheet to figure out the annual cost to attend the College of Saint Elizabeth.
- You should budget at least 10% more than the annual cost. You should also expect an annual 5% increase in tuition and cost of living.
- U.S. law requires that you prove that you can support your estimated annual costs for EVERY YEAR of your program of study. (A bachelor's degree requires 4 years of full-time study and a master's degree requires from 2 to 3 years of study.) In order to do this you must show that you have:
- Cash to cover your first year in the United States
- Sufficient and dependable financial resources to cover every additional year.
- Below are the ways in which you may financially support your education. Your financial support can come from ANY COMBINATION of the sources explained below.
- Personal Funds – these funds come ONLY from your own income and resources. These are NOT funds given to you by another person.
- Funds from the College of Saint Elizabeth – such as scholarships, or (for members of Religious Communities) tuition reduction.
- Funds from Sponsors – sponsors can be anyone, such as your parents, other relatives, friends, or an organization. You may have as many sponsors as you need. It is highly recommended that at least part of your financial support come from your home country. Otherwise, obtaining a visa may prove difficult. A sponsor should promise ONLY as much money as he or she is able to give you. A sponsor may provide you with support in the form of cash and/or free room and board. Free room and board is when you live with someone and don't have to pay or work for your housing or food.
- You must provide us with documentation to prove that you have enough financial support.
All documents MUST be current and in English. Please send us original documents only, not faxes or photocopies. Keep a set of originals for yourself, too; you will need them when you apply for your visa. The following is a list of the appropriate documents to send. Send some or all of these, whatever is appropriate.
- Personal Funds
A. Bank Statements
These must be in your name only, and must state the date that the account was opened, the current balance in U.S. dollars, average deposits and average balances.
B. Employment Letter certifying your salary
This applies only if you will be in the U.S. on authorized employment or will continue to be paid by your home country employer while you are a student.
C. Statement of liquid investments
- Funds from the College of Saint Elizabeth
If you have been informed that you are eligible for a scholarship or tuition discount from the College of Saint Elizabeth, enter the amount for which you are eligible.
We must have a copy of this award letter on file.
Provide us with a copy of your scholarship award letter.
Provide us with a statement of your membership in a Religious Community.
- Funds from Sponsors
Each sponsor providing cash support must give us ALL the following documents to prove financial responsibility.
A. Affidavit of Annual Financial Support
This form may be photocopied for each sponsor. All questions must be answered. Affidavits must be signed by the sponsor in the presence of a notary publiC. A notary is an official licensed by the national or regional government to take sworn statements for courts of law, or to witness contracts and property deeds.
B. Proof of Income
This must be on the employer's letterhead, on income tax returns or receipts, or estimated by a bank or private accountant for a sponsor who is a self-employed businessperson. You must provide an official statement of the salary paid to the owner/sponsor.
C. Bank Statements
These must be in the sponsor's name only, and must state the date the account was opened, the current balance in U.S. dollars, the average deposits and the average balances.
- Free Room and Board from a sponsor
A sponsor who is providing you with free room and board must provide ALL of the following evidence of financial ability.
A. Affidavit of free room and board
This must be fully completed and signed in the presence of a notary publiC.
B. Photocopy of lease, deed, or rent receipts in sponsor's name.
C. Proof of income
This must be on an employer's letterhead; on income tax returns or receipts; or estimated by a bank or private accountant if the sponsor is a self-employed businessperson. Examples include: income tax returns or receipts, copies of at least 3 recent paystubs or an estimate by a bank or private accountant if the sponsor is a self-employed businessperson.
Application Forms, Cost Estimators & Affidavits
You can print the PDF versions of the forms, cost estimators and affidavits below:
Transfering Your I-20 to CSE
If you wish to transfer from your current American school to CSE, please print and fill out the form below.
Give it to the International Student Office at your current American school, and ask them to mail or fax it directly to us. Please also do this if you entered the USA on another school's I-20 for their summer intensive English program.