Your Next Steps
- Review the International Student Welcome Guide (provided to you by your admissions counselor).
- After receiving your electronic copy of your I-20, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. For more information on this fee, please click here.
- Schedule an appointment with an embassy or consulate to obtain a visa and receive additional information.
- Forms to complete:
- Look for arrival details and important dates for NEW international students from your admissions counselor. (Returning students arrive with other returning students.)
- Get ready for Goshen!
Admissions Decision and Next Steps
After these documents are received, the Admissions Office will make an admissions decision regarding your admission to Goshen College. You will be notified about this decision via email. This decision will include the academic scholarship that you are eligible to receive. Once you are admitted to Goshen College, you must submit the following:
- A copy of the first page of your passport
- A completed certificate of financial responsibility. This form should reflect the amount of funding that you and/or a sponsor(s) will contribute each year toward your time at Goshen College.
Financial Aid Notification
After the passport and the certificate of financial responsibility are received, the Financial Aid Office will put together a financial aid notification for you. This document will show how much scholarship and grant money you are eligible to receive from Goshen College, as well as how much you will owe to Goshen College for tuition, room and board costs per year.
- The Financial Aid Office puts these notifications together once a month from January through May. You MUST have the necessary materials submitted by the first week of a given month in order to receive your financial aid notification during that month.
Once you receive your financial aid notification, you must provide proof that you have the funding available to cover the cost of your tuition, room and board minus scholarships and grants, and also an additional $1,500 to pay for textbooks and health insurance. This proof should be submitted through certified bank statements.
- Bank statements must be certified, and can come from your personal bank account or the personal bank account of an immediate family member.
- If you have a sponsor(s), then the sponsor must submit a certified bank statement and sponsor letter as well. The sponsor letter must be sent directly from the sponsor to the Admissions Office, and must include the amount of funding the sponsor is planning to contribute per year, as well as how many years the sponsor is planning to contribute the given amount.
Final Steps to Receive an I-20 Document
Once you decide to commit to coming to Goshen College, you must submit a $200 nonrefundable deposit. This deposit will go towards what you owe for the first semester. This payment can be made to Goshen College through the service Flywire or through the Goshen College website.
- A student will receive their I-20 after a deposit has been made to Goshen College and proof of finances has been verified.
After you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you must complete the following:
- Sign up for a class registration time (done with the help of the Admissions Office).
- Fill out the “forms to complete” on the student portal.These forms include a housing form (Admissions will place a student in campus housing) and information about buying student health insurance. Health insurance must be bought and confirmation forwarded to the Admissions Office before the start of fall classes.
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and schedule a visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy.
- Review the International Student Welcome Guide (emailed by the Admissions Office).
- Confirm arrival date/time with the Admissions Office.
- Candidates planning to attend in August (Fall) need to submit their applications and all supporting materials by May 1. (First-years and international transfers who have studied at a foreign university)
- Transfers who have studied at a university in the U.S. need to have their applications and all supporting materials submitted by June 1.
- Candidates planning to attend in January (Spring) need to submit their applications and all supporting materials by October 1.
Disclaimer for admitted international students who have no direct expenses owed to Goshen College
International students who have no direct expenses owed to Goshen College must also abide by the International Student Enrollment Policy, which states that students who do not owe Goshen College directly for semester costs must make a deposit to their Goshen College account in the amount listed on their I-20 as “personal funds.” This deposit must be made by August 1 of their first semester at GC if enrolling in the fall (or December 1 if enrolling in the spring). If this deposit is not made by the specified deadline, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student and have their I-20 revoked.