Admissions Procedures for International Students
Requirements for issuance of I-20 include:
Step 1: Complete and submit the admissions application downloadable
from the international admissions website.
Step 2: Evidence of graduation from an accredited secondary school or
the equivalent in the form of an official transcript. Foreign transcripts
must include certified English translations.
Step 3: Proof of sufficient funds to cover all expenses the student
may incur while attending this college. Expenses may include tuition,
fees, books, room and board, travel, health insurance and miscellaneous
personal expenses. Applicants must submit our Affidavit of Sponsorship
notarized by a bank official complete with raised seal of verification
from the sponsor's bank. The sponsor whose signature appears on the affidavit
agrees by his/her signature to provide adequate funds to pay the student's
account in full if the student fails to uphold their financial obligation.
If the sponsor fails to provide promised funds; the student will be unable
to enroll, their I-20 revoked, and they will be reported to U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services.
Step 4: Evidence of proficiency in the English language in one of the
a minimum satisfactory score on the TOEFL test. Internet based (iBT)
= 61, Paper-based (PBT) = 500, Computer Based (CBT) = 173. Cowley’s
TOEFL code is 6008.
a TSE (Test of Spoken English) score of 4 or higher.
an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.0
of the senior year from an accredited high school within the United
States. The student must have earned a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point
average for all coursework.
Step 5: Completion of a reading, writing, and math assessment
prior to finalizing enrollment unless ACT scores exempt the student.
An additional computer assessment will also be required. This test will
be administered once the student arrives on campus.
international students are required to obtain and carry a Cowley College
health insurance policy while studying in the United States..
requires a one-time non-refundable $100 processing fee for international students. The
fee does not apply to guest international students. The fee will be added
to the student’s first semester charges. Note: This fee
is in addition to the I-901 fee charged by SEVIS.
The I-20 will be issued to students upon acceptance to Cowley and proof
of adequate financial resources as listed above. The student must pay
the $200 I-901 fee to SEVIS at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 and take
the I-20 to the American Embassy in his or her country to apply for a
When an international student (new or transfer) enrolls at Cowley College,
the student must present the following to the Cowley international student
of tuition and fees
If the student does not enroll within six months from the time the I-20
was issued, the student's financial information must be re-submitted
before another I-20 will be issued.
International Transfer Student
International students transferring from another college within the
U.S. are required to complete Steps #1-4 as listed above. International
transfer students may provide evidence of English proficiency by providing
documentation of one of the following:
- Completion of College English Composition I with a grade of "C" or
- Successful completion of Intensive English training at the former
Any international transfer student who has not completed College English
Composition I with a grade of "C" or better will be required
to take a reading and writing course placement test prior to finalizing
enrollment in courses. The Cowley International Student Advisor also
must receive a completed "Request for Information on an F-1 Transfer
Student" form from the International Student Advisor at the student's
International Guest Student
Cowley College also welcomes students who are currently on an I-20 from
other schools. Requirements for attendance at Cowley include:
- Application for admission.
- Permission letter from current institution authorizing attendance
at Cowley. Letter must include the semester the student plans to attend
Cowley. A permission letter must be obtained each semester the student
wants to attend Cowley.
- An official copy of the student's class schedule at the current
home institution showing enrollment of at least 12 credit hours.
Resident aliens are international students who have been granted permanent
resident status by the USCIS. To qualify for in-state tuition, a student
must present their resident alien card at the time of application for
admission. Students who cannot provide this documentation will be classified
as non-residents and will be required to pay out-ofstate tuition until
the resident alien card is presented. Resident aliens may enroll part-time
or full- time and are not governed by the regulations for F-1 international
- An international student will be changed from the international
rate for tuition and fees to the out-of-state rate upon presentation
of proper documentation, including the Permanent Resident Card and
Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To obtain the EAD, applicants
must submit USCIS form I-765. Eligible non-citizens include the following:
- A U. S. permanent resident who has been issued and can present
an Alien Registration Card (I-551)
- A conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
- Other eligible non-citizen whose Arrival - Departure Record
(I-94) from the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service designates
any of the following:
--- Asylum granted (application only is not sufficient)
--- Indefinite parole
--- Humanitarian parole
--- Cuban-Haitian entrant
- An international student will be changed to the in-state rate
for tuition and fees upon satisfaction of the following requirements:
- The student has applied for and received an Alien Registration
Number and Permanent Resident Card.
- The student has lived in Kansas for a minimum of six months
prior to the beginning of the term and demonstrated intent to
live in Kansas on a permanent or indefinite basis.
- The student has completed the Kansas Board of Regents "Affidavit
of Residency" form and submitted required documentation.
- A student may appeal residency status by submitting a letter
of appeal to the Residency Status Appeals Committee in care of the
college Registrar. A student appealing residency status must first
pay all tuition and fees that have been assessed. If the appeal is
approved, the difference in tuition and fees will be refunded to the
Residency status for a semester will be determined the first day of
classes for that semester.