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International Students

Ocean County College is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant alien students. In addition to the general requirements for admission, an international student seeking admission to Ocean County College is required to submit additional documentation. The documents outlined on this form must be submitted prior to issuance of a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Non immigrant Student Status.”

Steps to secure an I-20 ‘Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status’ through Ocean County College to apply for an F-1 Visa to study in the U.S:

  1. Student applies to Ocean County College (OCC)
  2. Student submits required documents to Admissions Department
  3. Institution creates ‘Certificate of Eligibility’ (I-20) and provides to student
  4. Student pays SEVIS I-901 fee
    • Pay at
  5. Student then applies to one of the following:
    • The local U.S. consulate or embassy for a visa
      • See the DOSWeb site at for more information
    • If the prospective student is in the United States in another nonimmigrant status, contact USCIS for a change of status to F-1 or M-1.
    • If the student is a citizen of a visa exempt country (Canada, Bermuda, etc.), contact the U.S. POE directly

Once in U.S., take the Accuplacer, attend new student orientation, register for classes & check in on campus upon arrival



*All documents are subject to approval. Final review of documents will be done by school advisor by appointment.

  • Submission of a completed Application for Admissions
  • Copy of Acceptance Letter
    • The address used on the application will be where all related admissions materials are sent. Mailings are NOT international – please use US address or request PDF (electronic) versions.
  • Photocopy of Passport
    • Pages including picture, signature, name and date of birth
  • Photocopy of Current Visa (if applicable)
  • Proof of International Address (from the student’s native country)
    • Passport, or statement of address or document from outside source showing home address (State issued identification card, school transcripts, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of Intended Local Address
    • State issued identification card, utility bill in student’s name, letter from sponsor confirming address
  • Proof of Cost of Attendance – $30, 860 (2017 rate – subject to change)
    • The cost of tuition for an international student will be the same as that of an out of country student regardless of residency. Documented funds for educational and living expenses must be shown in a bank account or among other readily convertible assets excluding real estate and other fixed assets. All funds must be translated to US Dollars by a bank or reputable source.
    • If funds are not student’s, a notarized affidavit of financial support must be submitted
      • This statement documents the assumption of financial responsibility for the international student during the period the individual intends to remain in the United States.
Out-of Country Budget
(Full time, Full year based on 15 credits per semester)
$7,695 tuition and fees ($256.50 per credit)
$2,025 books and supplies
$1,500 miscellaneous
$3,300 transportation
$16,340 housing/living expenses
$30,860 total cost of attendance
  • Since Ocean County College is a non-residential institution, the student must arrange for room, board and transportation. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this prior to the start of classes.
    • Please share US address intended for studies with school official
  • Proof of English Proficiency
    Satisfactory TOEFL, IELTS, SAT/ACT scores, etc.

    • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English via test score or previous credit work in the U.S. . An additional test of language skills will be required Accuplacer.
      • TOEFL scores:
        iBT – 61 (or higher)    Computer-based – 173 (or higher)      Paper-based – 500 (or higher)
      • IELTS requirements:
        5 or higher in all sections
      • Two or more years of instruction at a high school or college where English is the primary language.
        • full-time status within the last five years in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or other English medium universities in Canada or South Africa.
      • For more information concerning the TOEFL exam and the location of the nearest testing center, contact them online at If you don’t have access to the web you can write or call the Educational Testing Service, P.O.Box 6151, Princeton NJ 08541, telephone number: 1.609.771.7714.

Optional Requirements:

  • Students transferring their F-1 visa to Ocean County College must complete the Notice of Intention to Transfer (DOC) form and submit a copy of all I-20s they have received from current and previous schools.
  • Students currently in the US on another visa (J-1, B-1) must complete an I-539 form to change their non-immigrant status to a F-1.
  • Affidavit of Cash Support
  • All minors, under 18 years of age, must show proof of a high school diploma or US equivalent
    • International transcripts must be translated by either the World Education Services (WES) or International Education Research Foundation (IERF). For more information about transcript translation please visit or  If you intend to use the International Education Research Foundation to translate your transcripts please enter Ocean County College’s school code (00000244) on the website.

When the Admissions Office has received all the completed forms, the review will begin. Once admission has been granted, the student will be sent an official letter of acceptance and given a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), indicating admission as a full-time degree student.

Immigration/Naturalization regulations require I-20 forms be issued no earlier than 90 days or later than 30 days before/after the start of classes.

Documents should be mailed to:

Ocean County College
ATTN: Admissions Office
1 College Drive
PO Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001
Attn: International Student Application

Ocean County College abides by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regulations regarding the reporting of international students. While attending Ocean County College, you are responsible for maintaining your immigration status. To maintain your status you must:

  • Maintain enrollment in a full course of study (12 Credits)
  • Consult with your DSO before dropping below a full course of study for any reason
  • Report name or address changes to DSO within 10 days of the change
  • Notify DSO prior to traveling outside the United States
  • Report any change in sources of financial support to DSO
  • Seek the approval of the DSO before engaging in employment or practical training
  • Report any changes in program of study to DSO
  • Report any change in academic status to DSO
  • Notify DSO upon applying for change of nonimmigrant status
  • Notify DSO upon approval of an adjustment of status to an immigrant
  • Consult with DSO to extend program far in advance of I-20 expiration
  • Notify DSO if intending to transfer
  • Keep your passport valid
  • Notify DSO about changes in dependent status
  • You plan to work off campus
  • You want to enroll in an online course or part-time at another institution.

If you wish to pursue I-20 Student Visa form at Ocean County College and have questions about the international student admission process please contact the Admissions Office  at  or 732.255.0400, ext. 2960.

F1 Visa Info

If you’d like general information about studying in the United States under a F1 visa, please feel free to visit the US Department of Homeland Security Website, Study In the States.

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