International Students

Requirements for all Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Visa Holders, and Undocumented Non-Residents

As a permanent resident, refugee, Visa holder, or asylee, your application will be processed after you provide the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration with the appropriate documentation. Permanent residents must provide a copy of their “green card,” while refugees, certain Visa type holders, and asylees are required to provide a copy of their I-94 card, along with their Visa, containing the departure number and stamp indicating approval for entry as a refugee or asylee. Your application for admission, and perhaps financial aid, may be delayed without prompt receipt of the above.

Requirements for International Students Needing a Form I-20

Prior to the issuance of an I-20 and admission to Hagerstown Community College, applicants who are nonresidents of the U.S. must submit the following documents:

  1. An HCC application with a local sponsor’s address and the student’s address from his/her home country.
     
  2. A certified copy of high school and college transcripts in an English translation. A course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or ACCRAO, International Education Services (IES) is required. You may contact WES by calling 212-966-6311 and IES at 202-296-3359 or online using the links above.
     
  3. A statement of financial resources including the amount and source of funds to cover the student’s college expenses (Form I-134 Affidavit of Support). The approximate cost of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses is $16,000 per year. All F-1 students are classified as out-of-state residents for tuition purposes while an HCC student. Students must have a local sponsor who will agree to provide housing, meals, and transportation. HCC does not have on-campus housing, therefore, students must secure housing with a local sponsor. The local sponsor should be a close relative or other responsible individual. 
     
  4. Students must obtain health insurance through a company of their choice. Student Secure and Compass are two options to meet the needs of international students.
     
  5. An official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students must attain a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 65 on the internet test.
     
  6. The college’s placement assessments are required once the student has been approved for an F-1 visa and arrives on campus.

Application Deadlines

The application and all supporting documents must be completed and submitted by May 15 for the fall semester, October 15 for the spring semester, and February 15 for the summer sessions. Students transferring to HCC from another college/university must have all supporting documents submitted one month prior to the start of classes.

Tax Information for F-1 Students

  • All  F-1 students present in the United States last year must file form 8843. Spouses and dependents also file this form.     
  • Students who worked and earned  U.S. income last year must complete the 1040NR-EZ.
  • All forms must be completed before April 15, 2014.

Additional Information