Required Financial Documentation for International Students

Adequate Proof of Funding

To receive an I-20 you must have been admitted to UAA, and provided the Office of International Student Services (ISS) with adequate proof of funding. The documentation that must be submitted includes a bank statement showing the amount specified on the cost to attend page,  along with a copy of the Affidavit of Financial Support, found on the forms page, signed by the owner of the bank statement.

Do not choose the Sister City Affidavit of Financial Support unless you have been notified your request for sister city status has been approved.

You must show that you have the ability to fund yourself for a minimum of one year while attending UAA. This includes tuition and fees, lodging and meals, and everyday expenses including health insurance.

International Students are not eligible for Financial Aid, and must personally secure their own funding. Students should not apply for federal aid using the FAFSA form.

Alaska Resident Tuition Eligibility

As an F-1 international student, you will be applying for a nonimmigrant visa. This visa status prohibits you from declaring residency in any US state. Therefore, the 12-month Alaska physical presence option allowing for resident tuition is not available for F-1 students and other non-immigrant status students. Only eligible non-citizens may apply for residency based on physical presence.

Eligible Non-citizen

You are considered an eligible non-citizen if you meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You’re a U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island) or lawful permanent resident with a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card), also known as a "green card.”
  • You’re a conditional permanent resident.
  • You have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing a status of “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Parolee,” “Conditional Entrant,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant.”
  • You hold a T nonimmigrant status ("T-visa") (for victims of human trafficking) or your parent holds a T-1 nonimmigrant status.
  • You are a “battered immigrant-qualified alien” who is a victim of abuse by your citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parents, or you are the child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • A citizen of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia

I-20 Process

Once you have been admitted to UAA and you have provided proof of your financial support, an I-20 will be created for you.

Your I-20 will be sent to you electronically via DocuSign to your admission email.

ISS will send your acceptance information to you which will include your I-20 and information on paying your SEVIS fee and arranging a visa interview.