Phoenix College is one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges in the Phoenix area. PC offers only freshman- and sophomore-level college classes, and students wishing to attend on an F-1 (student ) visa must apply for an I-20.
To apply for an I-20, please complete the following steps:
- Complete the International Student Information Form.
- Have your most recent TOEFL score report mailed directly to Phoenix College (4606). A TOEFL score of 500 (or 61 on the internet-based test) is required for admission to Phoenix College. The TOEFL must have been taken within the last two years. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Band Score of 5.5 or better or a minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 in each module.
- Submit an official high school transcript in English. Graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required. Official records and transcripts, translated into English, must accompany your application.
- Enclose a Financial Certification statement showing that you have a minimum of $20,230. per year. A bank statement on your financial institution’s letterhead is also required and must be translated into English. All reported funds must be verified in U.S. dollars.
The director of the International Student Center will evaluate your I-20 application. If your application is approved, you will receive an I-20 via mail from Phoenix College. It is your responsibility to take the completed I-20 to the American Consulate in your country.
Health insurance is required for all international students. The medical benefits plan for international students offered by Phoenix College is CCN, which is provided by the Personal Insurance Administrators, Inc. Read more here.
To attend Phoenix College on an F-1 visa, you must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours every fall and spring semester. You will be classified as a non-resident and must be prepared to pay at least $3,924.00 in non-resident tuition, a $15 nonrefundable registration fee, and associated course fees each semester. You must also pay for mandatory health insurance provided by Phoenix College. The Maricopa Community Colleges’ Governing Board reserves the right to change tuition and fee charges, and these may occur without notice.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requires financial verification for international students requiring or currently holding a student visa in order for a U.S. university to issue the immigration document, I-20. An I-20 is used for the purpose of visa issuance outside the United States or for the immigration process "notification transfer" for students already in the United States.
In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, international applicants needing a student F-1 visa must demonstrate their ability to meet the financial obligations of tuition, fees, and living expenses before an I-20 and an acceptance letter will be issued. Current (less than one year old) letters of financial support must accompany the financial affidavit.
Having sufficient funds for the cost of living and educational expenses is required by U.S. Immigration regulations and is also necessary because currently there are no scholarships or financial aid available at Phoenix College for international students. International students on non-immigrant visas are not eligible for state or federally funded loans or scholarships in the United States
Cost of Attendance
The following represents a breakdown of the cost of attendance for an international student on an annual basis. These numbers are important as they are reflective of the financial documentation needed for verification of financial support.
2010-2011 Estimated Program Costs for Intensive English Programs and Undergraduate Admissions:
Tuition and fees: $7,890
Living expenses: $10,140
Other (textbooks and health insurance): $2,200
*Students on a student visa (F1) are not eligible for in-state tuition.
You must be prepared to pay a semester's tuition and fees in full at registration. The figures above represent the minimal costs of living in Phoenix. All of the figures are subject to change without notice.
High school and college-level courses completed outside the United States and recorded on official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer of credit, provided that the institution where the courses were taken is accredited by the ministry of education in that country. It is the student's responsibility to submit all foreign and international transcripts (high school and college) to an international transcript evaluator to be translated into English, evaluated on a course-by-course basis, and sent directly to the receiving college.
Phoenix College does not evaluate any foreign transcript. It is not required to have your foreign transcript evaluated before or when it is submitted to PC. However, you may choose to have it evaluated if you wish to do the following:
- Prove that you have already taken prerequisite courses.
- Use your credits from a foreign institution toward your degree from PC.
Please have your transcript evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
- Click on “Application Form.”
- For specific country information, choose the country.
- Choose “Course-by-Course” ($135).
- Please choose “Individual request form.”
- Choose “Course-by-Course” ($190).
After transcripts have been evaluated, please have the evaluation sent directly to:
1202 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013