Proof of Financial Support
International students who wish to gain an F-1 or J-1 visa must be able to provide evidence of financial support for the first year of study. This is only necessary after you are successfully recommended for admission and if you’re providing some or all of the funding amount.
This process is needed because SEVIS only allows UNMC to create your I-20 form after we receive evidence showing you will be sufficiently covered financially. You then need the I-20 for your visa interview itself.
If receiving a Graduate Assistantship that covers the cost of the first year, you aren't required to submit additional evidence.
Costs and Sources
The estimated cost for the first year of graduate studies currently stands at $32,300. This covers the following:
- Non-resident tuition
- Living expenses
- Estimated at $14,000
- Mandatory fees
- Mandatory student insurance
- Miscellaneous costs, such as books and supplies
Funding typically comes from graduate assistantships, scholarships from the student's home country, family, or the student.
Providing proof involves documentation, such as an official letter from the scholarship's institution that indicates the amount being offered in US dollars. It should also state if the support will cover health insurance provided by the home country or if it will cover UNMC's student health insurance. Personal and family sources can provide bank statements or affidavits of support indicating how much is being provided for the student.