Applying for an F-1 Visa

In order to be considered for admission, you must meet academic requirements, as well as requirements for receiving the Form I-20, the document required to apply for the F-1 visa.  Once you are granted the I-20, you must first pay the SEVIS I-901 fee then apply for the F-1 student visa through the U.S. consulate in your country. If approved for a visa, international students are required to enroll as full-time students with a minimum of 12 credits per semester during the spring and fall semesters. You will be billed the out-of-state tuition rate.

To understand the admissions requirements and application process, download the 2014-2015 International Student (F1) Admissions Application Packet. Read the packet carefully and completely. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all forms and supporting documents together by the following deadlines*:

  • Fall admission: June 1
  • Spring admission: November 1
  • Summer admission: March 1

*If you are interested in playing sports in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), please contact the respective coach. You may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Admissions Requirements for Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility

  • International Student Application and Application for Enrollment. International students may not apply online. 
  • Visa/Immigration Documents. Students outside of the U.S. need to submit a color copy of their passport ID page.
  • Proof of English Proficiency. If English is not your first language, you must provide proof of your proficiency in English. For students outside of the U.S.: We accept official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 61 on the internet-based test to be considered for admission. For students in the U.S: You will be required to take the HCC Academic Skills Assessment.
  • Sponsor's Affidavit of Cash Support. You or your sponsor(s) must have the financial resources to fund your education and all costs associated with attending college. You must submit signed and notarized Affidavits along with current bank statement(s) for each sponsor supporting your education. The balance of the bank statements must equal to at least $17,000* (*cost is subject to change). 
  • Sponsor's Affidavit of Room and Board. Since there are no residence halls or dormitories on campus, you must demonstrate the availability of housing with a local sponsor, family member, or friend, provide your own housing.  Submit a signed and notarized Sponsor's Affidavit of Free Room and Board along with a copy of your housing sponsor’s deed or lease. Students without local addresses at the time of application will not be considered for admission.

Recommended Documents

  • Official High School/Secondary School Transcripts. Although high school transcripts are not required for admission, your transfer school of choice after Harford Community College may require a copy.
  • Health insurance. Health care coverage is highly recommended but is not required for admission. Note: Health insurance is required for student athletes. Athletes must submit documentation of their health insurance.

Please Note: In order to qualify for admission, you must satisfy the requirements of both Harford Community College and the U.S. Department of State. Harford Community College has the right to approve or deny admission to students based on review of the required documents. Once all materials are received and approved, HCC will prepare the I-20 form and send it to the student (or local sponsor). Be advised that permission to attend Harford Community College is provisional, based on the final decision of the USCIS to allow you to enter the United States.