Under U.S. immigration regulations, Virginia Commonwealth
University must determine financial eligibility for foreign
national applicants. Applicants requiring F- or J-visas who
are coming to the United States for full-time study or transferring
from one academic institution to another for the purpose of
study must have sufficient funds immediately available to
meet all anticipated needs for the first year of study and
reasonable expectations that funds will be available, when
needed, for study beyond the first year.
It is the student’s responsibility to present documented
evidence of adequate financial support before immigration
forms can be issued. Documented proof of financial support
must be presented to the U.S. Consulate in your home country
when you apply for the entry visa; the immigration officials
at the U.S. port of entry also may request it.
You are required to certify that funds are available for
the first year of study at VCU. In addition, you are expected
to provide evidence that all money necessary for your travel,
educational expenses and personal needs will be provided for
the entire period of enrollment at VCU. Because of the rising
cost of living in the United States and variations in individual
spending habits, the university cannot predict individual expenses
exactly. Approximate annual expenses are listed below.
The amount that must be certified on your financial statement
for 2007-08 is shown for a nine-month program of
study as a single student.
complete the financial statement (part of the International
Application for Admission) in order to provide the university
written proof of adequate funds before you will be issued
an immigration document to apply for a visa. You also must
submit an original bank statement stamped and certified by
the bank indicating the actual funds required are currently
available as shown. All financial documentation must be
current (not older than six months).
2010-11 estimated expenses for financial support
and bank statement [PDF]
For complete and official information about university costs, contact VCU Student Accounting.
Dependents: For each dependent that may be coming to VCU with the admitted
student we require an additional $5,000 per dependent on the
Information on dependents must be clearly indicated on the
completed financial statement.