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International Students

What is the Admission application deadline?
How do I sign up for health insurance?
Will I be eligible to receive financial aid?
How can I transfer credits from a university outside the United States?
Do you offer ESL classes?
When will I receive my I-20 form?
Where can I live while I attend Cincinnati State
What activities can I get involved in at Cincinnati State?
How can I obtain a Social Security card?

What are the rules for immigration?
What if I don’t complete my program before my visa expires?
What if I decide to transfer?
Are there any other fees associated with attending Cincinnati State?

What is the Admission application deadline?
The application deadline is two months prior to the beginning date of the term chosen to enroll to insure time to obtain a student visa. See Important Dates for term dates.

How do I sign up for health insurance?
The International Student Office has a health insurance brochure outlining insurance companies that offer health insurance to international students.

Will I be eligible to receive financial aid?
International students with an F1 visa are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. An I-20 form cannot be issued to students who cannot finance their education at Cincinnati State.

How can I transfer credits from a university outside the United States?
International college or university transcripts must be sent to a credential evaluator. Once the evaluation by a credential evaluating service is complete, the transcripts should be submitted to Cincinnati State’s Office of Admission. A listing of credential evaluators is available from the International Student Office.

Do you offer ESL classes?
Yes, Cincinnati State does offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The ESL program is designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their English proficiency through integrated skills courses including speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and grammar.

Cincinnati State offers support services for ESL students including placement testing and individualized help. Once students have successfully completed ESL programs, they may pursue a degree program.

Please be advised, however, that an I-20 form will not be issued to an international student to come to the United States to study only ESL.

For more information about the ESL program, email the international student advisor or phone (513) 569-1543.

When will I receive my I-20 form?
An I-20 form will be mailed after the following items have been submitted:

  1. Online application for admission. (The letter of admission will be received by mail following completion of the online application.)
  2. TOEFL scores
  3. High school transcript (college transcript, if applicable)
  4. Declaration & certification of finances with bank certification
  5. Advance tuition deposit fee

Where can I live while I attend Cincinnati State?
No on-campus housing is available at Cincinnati State; however, the campus is located in an area where a large number of apartments and houses are available to rent. The International Student Housing Brochure is available in the International Student Office, Room 168.

What activities can I get involved in at Cincinnati State?
The College’s Office of Student Activities provides numerous opportunities for students to participate in a variety of activities throughout the year. Events on and off campus, club and organization endeavors, and social and educational events abound for students wishing to get involved.

In addition, the International Student Association is a great way to meet other international students at Cincinnati State. The association holds meetings every other Wednesday, and accepts new members throughout the year.

How can I obtain a Social Security card?
To apply for a Social Security Card you must complete a Social Security application form. F-1 students seeking a Social Security number for on-campus work are required to provide an F-1 on-campus employment letter declaring they have or have been offered an on-campus job and verification of that employment.

Once those materials are available, you may obtain a Social Security application from the International Student Office. You must work with the International Student Office before you visit the local Social Security office.

What are the rules for immigration?
The following criteria must be met to maintain your F-1 student status:

  • Attend school full-time (at least 12 credit hours) every term
  • Keep your passport valid at all times. You must contact your home country embassy or consulate six months before your passport expires to begin the renewal process. A listing of embassies and consulates is available in the International student office. Or go to http://www.embassy.org/ to get a listing.
  • Have an un-expired I-20 form.
  • Take annual vacation only in the summer, so long as you have maintained student status during the school year
  • Bring your I-20 form to the International Student Advisor for endorsement if you plan to leave the United States during vacation period or for other short periods of time. You will not be permitted to re-enter the United States without this endorsement.
  • Work no more than 20 hours on-campus per week while maintaining student status
  • Contact the International Student Advisor if you change programs, transfer schools, or need a program extension

Note: under the Cincinnati State cooperative education program, international students with F-1 visa status are permitted to co-op (experiential employment related to your field of study) without a change in status or permission from Immigration. However, a co-op is not guaranteed by the College for every student. The USCIS regulations require that you must be lawfully enrolled full-time for one full academic year before you can participate in the co-op program.

What is the I-94 card?
The I-94 card is your arrival/departure record. It should be kept in your passport the entire time you are in the United States.

What if I don’t complete my program before my visa expires?
F-1 visa holders who are not able to complete their degree program by the date indicated on their I-20 form will need to request a program extension. In order to be eligible for a program extension you must maintain student status and make normal progress toward your associate’s degree. Requests for program extensions must be made to the International Student Advisor 30 days prior to the completion date on your I-20 form.

What if I decide to transfer?
A transfer authorization form is required if you are transferring to Cincinnati State from another U.S. Institution. The form is available in the International Student Office.

Are there any other fees associated with attending Cincinnati State?
The U.S Department of Homeland Security requires F, M, and J visa applicants to pay a one time fee of $100 prior to applying for your student visa. This fee supplements the administration and maintenance costs of the Student Exchange Information System (SEVIS).

The SEVIS fee can be paid to the Department of Homeland Security by mail, online, or via Western Union. It can be paid by you or a third party, inside or outside the United States. The fee must accompany form I-901. It is important you pay the fee as soon as you receive your I-20 form.

The procedure for filing form I-901 and further detailed information can be found here.

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Location & Hours

Office of Admission
Main Building
Room 181
(513) 861-7700 phone
Email

Hours
8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F


In addition, the Answer Center provides Office of Admission services from 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Location & Hours

Office of Financial Aid
Main Building
Room 155
(513) 569-1530 phone
(513) 569-1469 fax
Email

Hours
8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
8 am – 5 pm F

Apply Early

You should begin the admission process six to eight weeks in advance of the term you plan to attend Cincinnati State. This allows time to facilitate transcript requests, process financial aid, and advise you on your academic pursuits. Note that admission to the College is based on the policy “first-come, first-qualified, first-served.” Applicants are notified of acceptance by mail and via Cincinnati State email.

 
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