The two-year community offers more individualized attention, smaller classes led by highly qualified instructors, and you can complete the general studies requirements before transferring to a university. Also, the cost of community college tuition is usually considerably less than university tuition.
No. You will pay Phoenix College for tuition, fees, and student health insurance. You will also purchase your books and supplies at the college. Therefore, you will need to have sufficient funds to pay for these costs when you arrive. If you will be living in an apartment, you will also need enough money to move into your apartment (rent, electric bill, telephone, etc.).
Unfortunately, Non-immigrant students (F-1) are not eligible for state and federal programs, but may qualify for some institutional scholarships. Scholarships are limited, very competitive and/or specific to certain departments. Selection criteria may include academic performance, student leadership, and athletic ability. In addition to institutional scholarships, Immigrant students (refugees, asylees, permanent residents) and citizens may qualify for federal and state programs. To apply for these programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available through the Office of Financial Aid, 602 285-7410. Students should begin the financial aid application process as soon as possible.
You must first apply for a document called an I-20 which is the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. This is done by applying to the college.
Phoenix College is a two-year community college. USCIS allows the I-20 to be issued for the length of study for the program as well as a grace period not to exceed one year. Therefore, it is possible that the I-20 may be issued for a maximum of three years, depending on the program being sought by the student.
Although employment is not recommended in your first semester of study, you are eligible for employment only on-campus. You may not engage in off-campus employment without proper authorization from Immigration and Naturalization Services. You must be aware that there are limited employment positions available for F-1 students at Phoenix College.
F-1 students must be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours each fall and spring semester. Summer is an optional enrollment period at Phoenix College.
During your entire enrollment period on F-1 status you will be considered a nonresident for tuition purposes. F-1 status indicates a temporary status in the United States, which makes you ineligible to establish Arizona residency. Arizona residency is determined by establishment of 1 year of permanent residence in the state of Arizona. Non-immigrant students (F-1) will not qualify as Arizona residents regardless of the length of stay in Arizona because they are not considered to be permanently living in the United States. Immigrant students (refugees, asylees, permanent residents) and United States citizens may qualify for in-state fee rates. Eligibility is determined by many factors, including information found on the I-94 and Green cards.
Yes, since this is a requirement for admission for those students who are from countries where English is not the primary language. The TOEFL code for Phoenix College is 4606.