Ocean County College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. In addition to the general requirements for admission, an international student seeking admission to Ocean County College is required to submit additional documentation. The following material must be submitted prior to acceptance an Ocean County College issuing an I-20 Student Visa form:
- Submission of a completed Application for Admissions. The address on the application should indicate where the student will be living while attending Ocean County College.
- All minors, under 18 years of age, must show proof of a high school diploma or US equivalent and are required to have a sponsor. International transcripts must be translated by either the World Education Services (WES) or International Education Research Foundation (IERF). For more information about transcript translation please visit the following links www.wes.org or www.ierf.org. If you intend to use the International Education Research Foundation to translate your transcripts please remember to enter Ocean County College's school code (00000244) on the www.ierf.org website.
- A notarized affidavit from a United States citizen or an authorized agency attesting to the assumption of responsibility for the international student during the period the individual intends to remain in the United States is also required. The affidavit of support must be a completed I-134 found at www.uscis.gov.
Satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required as evidence of proficiency in English for all international students.
Students who are not currently in the United States must have one of the following TOEFL scores.
iBT – 61 (or higher) Computer-based – 173 (or higher) Paper-based – 500 (or higher)
Students who currently reside in the United States under some type of visa can submit the following TOEFL scores. An additional test of language skills will be required and students will have to take additional English courses depending on their scores.
iBT – 43 (or higher) Computer-based – 127 (or higher) Paper-based – 443 (or higher)
For information concerning the TOEFL exam and the location of the nearest testing center, contact them online at www.toefl.org. If you don't have access to the web you can write or call the Educational Testing Service, P.O.Box 6151, Princeton NJ 08541, telephone number: 1.609.771.7714.
- The cost of tuition for an international student will be the same as that of an out of country student regardless of residency. Documented funds for educational and living expenses must be shown in a bank account or other readily convertible assets excluding real estate and other fixed assets. All funds must be translated to US Dollars by a bank or reputable source. See budget below.
- An international address from the student's county of origin, with a photocopy of their current Visa and Passport, is required for identification purposes. Student must also note what type of current Visa they have if they are already in the United States.
- Since Ocean County College is a non-residential institution, the student must make arrangements for room, board and transportation. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this prior to the start of classes.
- When applying for the Spring Semester, we must receive all completed paperwork by November 15. When applying for the Fall Semester, we must receive it by July 15.
- Students who are transferring their F-1 visa into Ocean County College must also complete the Notice of Intention to Transfer (DOC) form and submit a copy of all I-20s they have received from their current and previous schools.
- Student who will be receiving their first I-20 must pay the SEVIS fee at www.fmjfee.com.
- Students currently in the US who are changing their non-immigrant status to a F-1 visa must also submit an I-539 form.
Students must submit all documents at one time. When all the completed forms have been received by the Office of Admissions & Records, they will be reviewed. When admission has been granted, the student will be sent an official letter of acceptance and a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), indicating admission as a full-time degree student.
Immigration/Naturalization regulations require I-20 forms be issued no earlier than 90 days or later than 30 days before the start of classes. International students must maintain full-time enrollment in order to be in compliance with INS regulations.
Documents can be mailed to:
Office of Records and Registration
Ocean County College
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
Attn: International Student Application
Ocean County College abides by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regulations regarding the reporting of international students. While attending Ocean County College, all international students must be full time students. International students are required to register and complete a minimum of 12 credits each semester.