Students on F-1 Visas

Students coming on F-1 (student) visas will also need to submit the following to receive their immigration documents:

  1. Bank statement proving you have funds to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and living expense for one year

    The estimated total expenses for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the fall 2018 - spring 2019 academic year is as follows:

    Computer Science Major: $34,850
    Engineering Majors: $35,100
    All Other Majors: $34,000

    Your official bank statement cannot be six months older than the date you intend to start school. This statement cannot be a photocopy, fax or printed from the Internet. It must either be an official copy or a photocopy that has been signed and attested by a bank manager. Bank statements created more than six months before the start of school will not be accepted.
    • Students applying for fall (August) semester will need a bank statement created during or after March of the same year.
    • Students applying for spring (January) semester will need a bank statement created during or after August of the previous year.
  2. Letter of support from sponsor

    If the financial statement is not in your name, you must also submit a letter of support from the person who owns the account. This is a simple letter indicating the sponsor knows you and is willing to support you. It must also be signed and dated by the sponsor. If you are not sure how to write this letter, you may also use our standard Letter of Support.
  3. Photocopy of passport

    This can be mailed, emailed or faxed to our office.
  4. Document Submission

    You will have to upload all the above documents to the Financial Certificate for International Students form.

Contact Us

All supporting documents necessary to process your application must be sent to:

International Admissions
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1346


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