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F-1 Student Visa and Status Overview

Who is an F-1 Student?

An F-1 Nonimmigrant is a student in the United States with an F-1 status, pursuing a full-time course of study in an accredited educational program.

The primary purpose of an F-1 status is full-time study. This is required for the fall and spring semesters with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or a certified full-time language training program.

F-1 applicants are not eligible to apply for a certificate program due to course load requirements. Suffolk County Community College only admits F-1 students in the fall and spring semesters.

Applicants will need a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa, apply for a change of status or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring from a SEVIS school to another SEVIS school within the U.S. This document tells the U.S. government that the applicant has met our admission and financial requirements.

Annual Cost of Attendance for F-1 Students

Associate Degree Program

Tuition and Fees $12,140  
Living Expenses $7,988  
Books and Supplies $1,500  
Total Annual Cost* $21,628 USD

Intensive English Program - Language Training

Tuition and Fees $4,910  
Living Expenses $7,988  
Books and Supplies $1,500  
Total Annual Cost* $14,398 USD

*Additional funds may be required if you do not have a U.S. Housing Sponsor offering you free room and board and/or if F-2 dependents are accompanying you to the U.S.

Suffolk County Community College has a tuition payment plan (TPP) that allows students to pay their tuition and fees in three installments. Visit: Tuition Payment Plan.

F-1 visa applicants who meet all the application requirements will receive their acceptance packet to Suffolk County Community College and a SEVIS Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Status) from the International Student Office, after the process is complete. View Application Requirements.


Student housing is not provided by Suffolk County Community College. Students are required to make their own living arrangements prior to arrival. If possible, it is advisable to arrange housing with the help of a friend, sponsor or relative. Applicants with a housing sponsor must complete and submit a notarized Housing Sponsorship Form with proof of residence. Applicants, who will arrange their own housing, must complete a Housing Sponsorship Form with proof of residence within ten days of their arrival. Failure to comply with the housing requirement will prevent the student from being registered in SEVIS. As a result, it will lead to the termination of the F-1 student’s status. Please be aware that a rental may range from $750 to $1,750 per month depending on the number of rooms.


On Long Island there are four seasons, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Snow is expected in the winter months, rain may occur frequently. During the winter months, warm clothing is essential.


Most students fly into John F. Kennedy International Airport; this is the closest international airport to Suffolk County Community College. Taxi and car services are available from the airport at the Transportation Desk. Since this is expensive, it is advisable to have your sponsor, a friend, or relative make arrangements to pick you up upon your arrival. Suffolk County Community College does not offer a transportation service. See Directions.

Select Your F-1 Status:

New F-1 Student

Transfer-In F-1 Student

Change to F-1 Status