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. All documents must be translated in English for review.
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 an Enrollment deposit, which will be used to cover the student's institutional costs. Expenses for two semesters at York College currently average around $24,000(USD); 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 ($24,000) 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 $24,000.
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.
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.
5. Other Award Opportunities. York College offers its students a variety of miscellaneous scholarship opportunities such as the following:
Paying for 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:
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 email to David Odom (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Admissions.