International Admitted Student Checklist
Once you’ve been accepted for admission, complete these remaining steps to enroll at Trinity:
Step 1: Confirm your Enrollment
Step 2: Financial Aid
Submit all necessary documents like the Financial aid Form for Non-United States Citizens and complete Trinity’s Financial Resource Statement. Trinity will provide an estimate of your final cost after all available financial aid.
Step 3: Access your Student Portal
A student portal is created for every accepted student at Trinity. You can access your Student Portal to view your financial aid, housing assignment, class schedule, required books, and other important information. Your Student ID and temporary password are emailed to you after you are accepted Trinity.
Step 4: Housing Details
Complete your Housing Information Card in your student portal. Over 90% of all incoming freshmen students live in Trinity’s residence halls.
Step 5: Register for Classes
Your admissions counselor will contact you to arrange a time to register for classes via email or Skype. You will be connected to a faculty advisor who will outline the classes you can take and recommend which classes you should register for.
Step 6: Final Enrollment Paperwork
Submit your final transcripts to the admissions office to show that you graduated from high school. You must also submit Trinity’s immunization form before classes begin
Step 7: I-20
After your Financial Aid package has been given and you are able to show an ability to cover the remaining expenses at Trinity, you will be issued an I-20.
Step 8: Visa Process and Information
Now that you have your I-20 from Trinity Christian College, there are several more steps in the process of obtaining your visa to enter the United States on an F-1 visa for your program of study.
- Visit the Study in the States website of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Website is http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/start-here
Follow the links on the left side of the page, or under “Next Step” at the bottom of the page, and it will walk you through the process.
- You must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee of $180 USD and print out a receipt. Make sure you keep that receipt in your folder of important documents with your I-20 and other documents. You must take it with you in hard copy form to the visa interview, and they will not proceed unless you have that receipt.
- Complete your online DS-160 visa application, which includes uploading a digital photograph, and print out the confirmation page.
- Schedule your visa interview at your country’s US Embassy or Consulate and let Jeremy Klyn at Trinity (Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org) know the date that it is scheduled.
- Gather documents and prepare for your interview.
- Notify Jeremy immediately of the outcome of your interview after it is finished (either way – if your visa is granted, or if there is a problem/the US Embassy requests more information, etc.).
Documents to Gather:
- Your passport
- Receipt for the I-901 SEVIS fee
- Trinity letter of acceptance
- Trinity Cost of Attendance letter, which will include any financial aid awards you received
- Original bank statements / letters demonstrating that funds are available to cover the cost of attendance and personal or out-of-pocket expenses
- Any other documents that you might need to establish your permanent place of residence and identity
About the Interview:
Visa interviews are generally quite short – maybe even just a minute or two – and assuming you’ve brought the correct documentation, there is rarely a problem. But here is some background information that may be helpful.
In the visa interview, the US Embassy official is generally trying to establish 4 things.
- Your identity. They are evaluating that you are who you say you are. Your passport and any other documents you have to establish your identity and residence are helpful here.
- Your program of study. They are evaluating whether you have been accepted into a program of study in the United States and that your English level is sufficient to allow you to succeed in your studies in that program. Students may not list “undeclared” as a major. You will need to indicate a specific subject you plan to study. Your Trinity acceptance documents are helpful here, as they prove that you have met our admissions and English requirements.
- Your finances. They are evaluating that you have the financial ability to cover your costs related to studying in the United States. Your Cost of Attendance letter shows Trinity’s costs. Your bank statements help establish that funds are available for personal or out-of-pocket expenses.
- Your return. They are looking for evidence that you plan to return to your home county after your program of study ends. Be prepared to talk about your plans for the future, and how your education at Trinity relates to those plans.
Tips for the Interview:
- It is natural to be nervous, but just relax and be yourself! You have worked hard in school, and your English ability is strong!
- Remember that the F-1 visa is for STUDIES only. It is a NON-IMMIGRANT and a NON-WORK visa. Even if you have dreams to live permanently in the United States someday, do not say so. Also, do not say that you plan to work in the United States.
- In the unlikely case that the officer denies the visa, do not leave the interview without understanding 2 things: the reason for the denial, and whether any additional documentation is being requested. The officer should hand you a sheet of paper explaining those 2 things; but in the event that you don’t receive it, it is OK to ask the officer for the reason.
Step 9: Complete Portal Forms
In your Student Portal (see step 3), you must complete the following forms:
- Registration your Vehicle - All students are welcome to park their vehicle on campus. Each vehicle must first be registered with Campus Safety and Security. A parking permit will be issued and the $100 charge added to the student tuition account. Students can register a vehicle online. If you will not have a vehicle on campus you do not need to complete this form.
- Complete Student Life Forms in the “My Student Life” section. These forms ask for emergency contacts and explain the expectations of being a Trinity student. Forms are available after June 1.
- Accept the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement. This agreement must be signed before classes begin and indicates that you will pay your tuition.
Your Student Portal username and password will also allow you to access your Trinity email and the Trollweb, Trinity’s internal website for students, faculty and staff.
Step 10: Develop your Plan for Payment
What is the net amount you’ll owe Trinity, after your scholarships and grants? What is the best way to pay for that? The Plan for Payment Worksheet found here will help you answer these questions. When you receive your first billing statement in mid-July, you will be prepared with a plan. During orientation, students will be able to set up a local bank account to more easily wire money from home or make tuition payments.
Step 11: Pack your Bags and Move In
The Admissions and Student Life Office will send information regarding orientation and move-in details in the summer. Typically, students will need to arrive to campus in mid-August.