International students should allow at least six months to complete their application process. PCC is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The regular application form should be completed and returned with the Application Fee and Reservation Deposit to the Director of Admissions. All payments must be in U.S. currency, and the application cannot be processed until these fees are received. International students’ accounts will be charged any handling fees assessed by a foreign bank (e.g., transfer funds, etc.).
It is required by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations that international students submit all application forms, academic records, test scores, and proof of financial responsibility before the Form I-20 can be sent. In addition, the College requires international students to submit one semester’s tuition, room and board, fees, and a one-way transportation deposit from the College to the student’s home country before the Form 1-20 will be sent.
Non-English-speaking students are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have your TOEFL scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Director of Admissions as soon as possible. You can automatically send them to the Director of Admissions by specifying our college TOEFL number 5970 when you register for this test. Prospective students should also take either the ACT, CLT, or the SAT.
Each semester must be paid in advance. Pensacola Christian College does not provide financial assistance for most international students, but Canadian citizens and U.S. permanent residents may qualify for some financial assistance. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service does not usually permit international students to be employed in the United States to meet their financial obligations. Because of these conditions, international students should not depend on obtaining part-time employment to meet their educational expenses. Instead, they should carefully assess their financial resources before finalizing their college plans.
If the international student is not granted admission, his prepaid tuition, room and board, fees, and transportation payments are refundable. United States immigration regulations mandate that no international student should travel to the U.S. without receiving his official letter of acceptance and Form I-20.