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International Student Services
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
A financial affidavit is required to verify funding before the University of Pikeville can issue an I-20. Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students” is a paper record of the student’s information in a U.S. government database called SEVIS. The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government-approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and the student has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S.
The I-20 is the key document to obtain a visa, and the purpose of this form is that the student verified with the school the financial ability to pay for school costs plus living expenses (the amount shown on the Form I-20). Visit: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/start-here
Please be advised that the F-1 Visa student is required to show enough funds separately for books, health insurance, living expenses, travel, entertainment and miscellaneous costs for one year. It is an estimate of what most students spend in one academic year. Of course, this amount and could be higher or lower depending on the student’s spending habits. The typical estimated amount for living costs for a student for one year for this region is $5,000. The student must be prepared to show this information to the U.S. Embassy in their home country.
Foreign nationals who are non-U.S. permanent resident applicants (green card holders) are not eligible for federal financial aid due to foreign status.
Health Insurance is required for the students per government rules. The student is responsible for the cost of health insurance and other miscellaneous expenses. Estimated health insurance is $400-$500 per year.
*Additional costs for which the student should be prepared to pay include health insurance and books.