Policy on Financial Certification of International Students


The I-20 is issued to international students by the U.S. government to permit them to enter the country. The I-20 process requires that the student list sources of financial support sufficient to cover the projected costs of being a student in this country. To avoid a contingent financial liability, the RBC has historically not permitted any assistantships awarded to the student at time of admission to count toward meeting the I-20 financial requirement.


International students may utilize departmentally-awarded graduate assistantships (GRA or GTA) to help meet the financial requirements of the I-20, provided that the inclusion of these assistantships is clearly designated as conditional upon continued satisfactory performance in the program.

The precise wording above, “conditional upon continued satisfactory performance in the program” must be contained in the student’s acceptance letter which must accompany the I-20 form to the Office of International Students and which also must be attached to the I-20 as it is presented to the immigration service official at the U.S. embassy of the student’s home country.

The academic unit admitting the student is financially responsible under all circumstances for the inclusion of the assistantships on the I-20. Meeting this financial responsibility under conditions of financial exigency or budget reduction could require using departmental soft money to support the commitment to the international student or reducing the number of state-funded graduate research assistantships (GRA’s) awarded to domestic students.

(Approved by the Executive Committee 10/97 and Faculty Affairs Committee 11/97)