Financial Requirements for F-1 International Students

In compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Federal Codes and Regulations, and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS); Houston Community College (HCC) requires proof of adequate financial support from each student applicant who requests a SEVIS Form I-20. The financial information of a student must be complete and on file with the Office of International Student Services (OISS) prior to release of the SEVIS Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility).

Any student wishing to be considered for admissions by HCC is required to submit original financial documents to OISS (these documents will not be returned; therefore you must be prepared to submit another set of originals at the time of your visa interview). The financial documents must validate the minimum amount required by HCC.

Approved supporting financial documents based on TYPE OF SPONSOR

Types of Sponsorship

You are Self-Sponsoring

Bank Letter. (original) The bank letter must validate at least $22, 980 USD (plus $4,400 USD for each F-2 dependent). In addition, the bank letter must be on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official that certifies the sponsor’s name, date the account was opened, average balance, and affirmation that deposits have been made over the last year.

Your financial sponsor is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, lawfully residing in the US

  • A completed Affidavit of Support (I-134). (original) This is for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and individuals lawfully residing in the US only. It should be completely filled out and signed by the person who will financially sponsor the F-1 student.
  • Bank Statements. (original) The bank statement must validate an average balance of $5,000 ((plus $4,400 USD for each F-2 dependent). The bank statements must be from a current account and should include the financial sponsors’ full name, account number and beginning and ending balance. Submit last three months of statements.

And one of the following:

  • Employment Letter. (original) A statement from an employer on company letterhead and signed by a supervisor that certifies the financial sponsor’s name, date of hire, job title, and salary. The Employment Letter cannot be older than six months from the date the student submits the HCC SEVIS I-20 Application and all additional supporting documents for F-1 sponsorship to OISS.
  • If self-employed provide a copy of the most recent U.S. Income Tax Return Statement along with a bank statement that meets the above bank statement requirements.

Your financial sponsor is a Non U.S. citizen (Not Residing in the US)

A completed (original) Affidavit of Financial Support (International)

And one of the following:

  • Bank Letter (original). The bank letter must validate at least $22, 980 USD (plus $4,400 USD for each F-2 dependent). The bank letter must be on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official that certifies the financial sponsor’s name, date the account was opened, average balance, and affirmation that deposits have been made over the last three months.
  • Bank Statements (original). The bank statements must validate at least $22,980 USD (plus $4,400 USD for each F-2 dependent). The bank statements must be from a current account and should include the financial sponsors’ full name, account number, beginning and ending balances. The financial sponsor needs to provide three months of statements from the date the student submits the HCC SEVIS I-20 Application Form and all additional supporting documents for F-1 sponsorship to OISS.

Government agency or company sponsor

An official sponsorship letter (original) designated for attendance at Houston Community College.