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International Students

Ocean County College is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant 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 documents outlined on this form must be submitted prior to issuance of a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Non immigrant Student Status.”

1. If you are not in the U.S. – do not make travel arrangements until your F-1 visa has been approved
2. Wait-times for change of visa status are no longer being published by the government and students on a B-1 or B-2 visa cannot attend classes until change of visa status is approved
3. We only offer I-20s to full-time, degree seeking students. We do not offer I-20’s to prospective students looking to take ESL courses
4. Regulations require I-20s be issued no more than 90 days in advance or 30 days after the start of classes.

Any further questions can be directed to or 732-255-0400 x 2960. Appointments are available upon request, please make these requests via email.

Steps to secure an I-20 ‘Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status’ through Ocean County College to apply for an F-1 Visa to study in the U.S:

  1. Student applies to Ocean County College (OCC)  (If transferring: Submit transfer form to current school for SEVIS record transfer
  2. Student submits required documents to Admissions Department
  3. Institution creates ‘Certificate of Eligibility’ (I-20) and provides to student
  4. Student pays SEVIS I-901 fee
  5. Student then applies to one of the following:
    • The local U.S. consulate or embassy for a visa
    • If the prospective student is in the United States in another nonimmigrant status, contact USCIS for a change of status to F-1 or M-1.
    • If the student is a citizen of a visa exempt country (Canada, Bermuda, etc.), contact the U.S. POE directly



The documents outlined on below must be submitted prior to issuance of the “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status” form, the I20.

Requirements are subject to change. All documents are subject to approval. 

  • All International Student requirements and forms can be found in the International Student Packet
  • Final review of documents will be done by the international Designated School Official (DSO) by appointment
  • When the Admissions Office has received all the completed forms, the review will begin
  • If approved, the institution will mail the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) or make available for pick up on campus – indicating admission as a full-time degree student

1. Submission of a completed Application for Admissions

2. Proof of Intended Local Address:

  •  Since Ocean County College is a non-residential institution, which means we do not offer housing to students, the student must arrange for room, board, and transportation. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this prior to the start of classes
  • Please share US address intended for studies with school official. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • State issued identification card
    • Utility bill in student’s name
    • Copy of rental lease agreement
    • Letter from sponsor of room & board that the student lives with at a local address
      • Sponsor driver’s license required for confirmation of address

3. Photocopy of Passport

  •       Pages including picture, signature, name and date of birth

4. Photocopy of Current Visa (if applicable)

5. Proof of International Address (from the student’s native country)

  •   Passport, or statement of address or document from outside source showing home address (State issued identification card, school transcripts, utility bill, etc.)

6. Proof of Intended Local Address

  • State issued identification card, utility bill in student’s name, letter from sponsor confirming address
  • Proof of Cost of Attendance – $30, 860 (2018 rate – subject to change)
    • Documented funds for educational and living expenses must be shown in a bank account or among 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.
    • If funds are not student’s, a notarized affidavit of financial support must be submitted
      • This statement documents the assumption of financial responsibility for the international student during the period the individual intends to remain in the United States.
Out-of Country Budget
(Full time, Full year based on 15 credits per semester)
$7,695tuition and fees ($256.50 per credit)
$2,025books and supplies
$16,340housing/living expenses
$30,860total cost of attendance
 * The cost of tuition for an international student will be the
same as that of an out of country student regardless of residency

7. Proof of English Proficiency

  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An additional test of language skills will be required, this is the college’s Accuplacer.
  • Acceptable documentation includes:
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL, SAT/ACT scores, etc.
      • TOEFL scores:
        • iBT – 61 (or higher)
        • Computer-based – 173 (or higher)
        • Paper-based – 500 (or higher)
    2. Two or more years of instruction at a high school or college where English is the primary language
    3. Full-time status within the last five years in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or other English medium universities in Canada or South Africa.
    4. Previous completion of for-credit English coursework in the U.S for a year or more

For more information concerning the TOEFL exam and the location of the nearest testing center, contact them online at 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.

Prospective Student Forms:
Current Student Forms:
Prior to Enrolling:

The same steps apply to students who are traveling to the US, already in the country or transferring in from other schools

  1. Take the Accuplacer to be placed into the appropriate math & English courses (unless the student has qualifying exemption scores)
  2. Meet with an advisor to review their degree program and register for courses
  3. Check in with International Designated School Official (DSO) on campus upon arrival
Maintaining Your Immigration Status

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, you are responsible for maintaining your immigration status.

To maintain your status you must:

  • Maintain enrollment in a full course of study (12 Credits)
  • Consult with your DSO before dropping below a full course of study for any reason
  • Report name or address changes to DSO within 10 days of the change
  • Notify DSO prior to traveling outside the United States
  • Report any change in sources of financial support to DSO
  • Seek the approval of the DSO before engaging in employment or practical training
  • Report any changes in program of study to DSO
  • Report any change in academic status to DSO
  • Notify DSO upon applying for change of nonimmigrant status
  • Notify DSO upon approval of an adjustment of status to an immigrant
  • Consult with DSO to extend program far in advance of I-20 expiration
  • Notify DSO if intending to transfer
  • Keep your passport valid
  • Notify DSO about changes in dependent status
  • You plan to work off campus
  • You want to enroll in an online course or part-time at another institution

If you wish to pursue I-20 Student Visa form at Ocean County College and have questions about the international student admission process please contact the Admissions Office at  or 732.255.0400, ext. 2960.

F1 Visa Info

If you’d like general information about studying in the United States under a F1 visa, please feel free to visit the US Department of Homeland Security Website, Study In the States.

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