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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I wish to be an F-1 student at Arizona Western College, how can I attend your institution? If you are abroad, you must contact the International Student Office and apply to AWC. You must meet the academic requirements for the college, be accepted, provide financial support documents, be issued an I-20, and apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country to be allowed to enter the United States.

2. What is an I-20? An I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility issued by a school, which states an international student has met the admissions requirements, financial criteria and has been accepted for a full course of study. It does not guarantee a student will receive a visa or gain entrance to the United States. An I-20 is not valid unless it is processed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

3. Does Arizona Western College have on-campus housing? The Campus Life Department oversees three residence halls on the AWC campus. Suite-style accommodations, which include a bathroom, shower, phone line and internet access, are available to accommodate both AWC and NAU-Yuma students.

4. I am a new student. How do I select my classes? You will register for classes after you have taken the placement test. This test will determine you English and Math eligibility. The International Student Office will advise you in selecting your classes.

5. When do I pay for my tuition? If you have not already wired your funds to Arizona Western College before your arrival, you must pay your tuition when you register for classes. Insurance and dormitories fees (if you want to live on campus) will also be due upon your arrival.

6. Does AWC offer financial assistance for international students? No, financial assistance is not available for first year students. Returning students may be eligible to apply for some scholarships after completion of their first year.

7. I am currently an F-1 student at Arizona Western College, and I have been living in Arizona for more than one year. Can I now pay Arizona State resident tuition? No. F-1 students are non-immigrant students. Non-immigrant students are temporarily present in the U.S. and are not eligible for in-state tuition.

8. As an F-1 student, am I allowed to work? The U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization allows international students to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session. During vacations, students can work up to 40 hours per week. There are limited jobs availaible at AWC, and the college does not guarantee students a job.

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