To obtain a Form I-20 from Georgia State, you must show access to funds in liquid form (available for immediate withdrawal at any time) available to cover estimated tuition and fees (subject to annual increases) and estimated costs of living in Atlanta. Personal expenses may vary greatly.
Tuition & Fees
Be prepared to pay your 1st semester’s tuition and fees in full at course registration, including your housing if you plan to live in Georgia State Student Housing. Graduate students with assistantships must pay the mandatory and health insurance fees plus housing if they are living in Georgia State Student Housing. If you are expecting a third party to pay your tuition and other fees, you need to make special arrangements with Student Financial Services to bill your sponsor. Additional details regarding the sponsored billing process are available on the Student Financial Services website. Tuition and fees are paid via your PAWS account, which is the online student portal maintained by the Office of Student Accounts. Forms of acceptable payment include: cash, check, credit card or international wire transfer.
- The amounts below are estimates for immigration purposes for tuition, fees and living expenses. For the latest tuition costs by semester, see the Student Financial Services website. Students requesting an I-20 for the 2022-2023 academic year:
- Please be aware: the financial section on the immigration document you will receive (I-20 or DS-2019) is only an estimate for immigration purposes, not a tuition bill.
Bank Certification Letter. This letter is required of all students who use personal or sponsor funds. It must meet these standards:
- Original letter on bank letterhead with bank’s contact information including telephone number and address
- Full name on the account, account number and the date account was opened
- Current and/or average amount of the account
- Currency, type (savings, checking, etc.) and terms of the account
- Bank official’s printed name and original signature
- All funding should be in a liquid form such as a checking or savings account. If the funding is in the form of investments, the bank/financial institution official must state the terms of the investment and whether or not the money is accessible for your education
- Any documents which are unreadable, unclear or appear questionable for any reason will cause delays
- All documents must be in English or accompanied by an English translation
Sponsor(s) Letter of Commitment (an affidavit) or Sponsor Commitment Form. This letter/form is required of all students who have a sponsor. The sponsor’s bank documentation is required with this letter/form. The sponsor must include the following information in their letter of support:
- Student’s full name
- The relationship between the student and the sponsor
- The amount and duration of the support
- The sponsor’s original signature, full name, telephone number and address
Organization(s) Sponsorship Letter. This letter is required of all students who are receiving funding from any organization, including Georgia State. It must include these requirements:
- Official original letterhead with organization’s contact information including telephone number and address
- Student’s full name
- The amount and duration of the support (if University award, the semester support will start)
- Original signature and title of the responsible official.
ISSS is committed to maintaining support and services to you during this time and will continue to operate under normal operating procedures for the remainder of the semester, just from a remote and online platform. This means you can call us directly or email us to request information and/or telephone/web appointments for advisement during our regular advisement hours.