Instructions for the International Student Certification of Finances Form
The International Student Certification of Finances form helps Wheaton College evaluate the financial resources available to you for your education. Strict United States immigration laws require us to verify the ability of international students to pay all tuition and living expenses for the time they are studying in the US. Financial verification must be made prior to institutional issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019).
Please download or print a PDF copy of these instructions and the International Student Certification of Finances form.
Financial Support and Documentation
Please ensure that you read the following financial requirements thoroughly:
- The Certification of Finances form must be completed in order to certify the availability of financial resources to pay your billed and personal/miscellaneous expenses while you are in the United States. We will not give an admission decision unless the completed form and its supporting documents have been received.
- The form must be sent to the Financial Aid Office, Attn: Jan Hnilica, with additional documentation attached, such as a bank statement and/or sponsor letter. This documentation must be written or translated into English. It must also be signed by the appropriate individual (a bank employee or the sponsor) and, if indicated in the form's instructions, notarized by an official notary public. (A notary is a person with the power of law to witness the signing of written statements to make them official.) All amounts must be quoted in U.S. dollars.
- On the Certification form you must be able to demonstrate sufficient financial support to cover the total projected costs of your education for your entire time of enrollment-including both billed and personal costs for yourself and, if applicable, for any dependents. Financial aid is not available through the Financial Aid Office to assist students with the cost. Do not enter your expected job earnings after you arrive in the U.S. as part of your sponsorship.
- Please note: On a case by case basis, if more information is needed regarding your financial resources, you will be contacted by Jan Hnilica in the Financial Aid office and required to submit the CSS profile. There is a $25 fee to fill out this profile.
- International students who are offered admission will be sent an itemized list of the estimated costs for their first year. If you choose to enroll at Wheaton, you must send an advance deposit covering the billed costs for the first semester's tuition, room, board, insurance, and $200 Sevis fee to the Wheaton College Financial Aid Office by June 1, in order for a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to be issued. The Financial Aid Office will send all accepted students an estimated budget listing the amount of this deposit. After the deposit has been received Wheaton will issue a Certificate of Eligibility, which must be presented to the U.S. consul to obtain the necessary visa.
- The College sends all students an official bill in July itemizing actual, final costs for the first semester on campus. Any additional charges on the invoice not covered by the advance deposit (such as course fees) must be paid by the due date on the invoice. For subsequent semesters, payment for tuition, room, board, and insurance must be paid by December 15 for spring term and July 28 for fall term. It is the student's responsibility to be sure that all funds are sent in a timely manner so that bills are paid by the required due date; failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the student's enrollment at Wheaton.
- Customs officials at your port of entry to the United States will expect you to have sufficient financial resources with you to cover personal expenses (including the cost of textbooks) for one semester.
Freshman admission decisions are made at two times during the year. Early Action candidates receive an early, non-binding admission decision by December 31st. Early Action students must complete their application file by November 1st. Regular Action candidates must complete their application file by January 10th and will receive their admission decision by April 1st. Transfer applicants, see chart below for deadlines.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
Please use the total amount below, plus your expected transportation costs, as the estimate of your 2013-2014 expenses when documenting the sources of your annual support.
|2012-2013 Academic Year
|Medical insurance (estimate)
|Additional medical expenses (estimate)
*The billed costs at Wheaton have increased approximately 5-6% annually. Information detailing the exact costs for next year will be sent in late March or early April.
**Transportation to and from Wheaton College is not included in the estimated costs.
The Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions Office awards one international student scholarship each year. No separate application is required. Every freshman international student applying for admission will automatically be considered for this scholarship; financial need will be a leading factor in the awarding of the scholarship. International transfer applicants are unable to be considered for the international scholarship.
Aside from this one scholarship, financial assistance for international students is not directly available through Wheaton College. Therefore, each student is responsible for funding their Wheaton education or finding an alternate source of funds. Students' admissibility will be linked to their ability to finance their education.