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  • GENERAL ADMISSIONS FAQ
    • What degree programs does A-State offer?
      • Arkansas State University offers more than 150 degrees and concentrations/emphases. You can view all available here. You will find the details of each program by clicking on the program listed on this page.

     

    • Where can I find a list of the required admission documents?
      • You can find a link to our document tool here. Once you choose the correct information on the drop-down menus, it will show you a list of the required documents.  

     

    • Do I have to submit a financial statement before admission?
      • Yes, since the financial statement is a required item by the U.S. Government to create immigration documents, A-State collects the financial statement during the admissions process. You will not be fully admitted to the university or issued any immigration documents until we receive a financial statement that meets the required guidelines.

     

    • How long does it take until I receive an admission decision?
      • For ESL and Undergraduate applicants: You will receive an admission decision in 1 – 2 days after we receive all proper documents.
      • For Graduate applicants: Academic departments are responsible for admission decisions for their degree programs. Once we receive all proper documents and your application is processed, it is sent to the department for an admission decision. As each department is different, it is difficult to predict how long it will take for each department to evaluate an application and make a decision. For example, some departments make admission decisions in a committee or some departments must assign advisors before admission decisions are made. However, once the International Admissions office receives the department decision, we can process the decision usually between 24-48 hours.

     

    • Can I get my application fee waived?
      • The application fee cannot be waived and needs to be paid in order to complete your application.

     

    • How to send the test score: GRE/GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL?
      • A-State’s institutional code to receive electronic tests is 6011. You can enter this code when requesting your test score to be sent. You can also submit the scanned copies of your test score by uploading to the document uploader for admission purpose only. However, the official GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores will need to be submitted after you are admitted.

     

    • What is the financial statement and how much does it need to show?
      • It is also called a bank letter. This should be submitted in English and issued by the bank or financial institution. The document must be less than one-year-old and show liquid assets (such as a checking or savings account) with an ending balance of at least $23,000 U.S. dollars. If multiple accounts are needed to total the $23,000, this is permitted but we must receive statements for all of the accounts. If you are being sponsored by someone, please also submit a sponsorship letter, also called an affidavit of support. There is no specific form; this is just a letter from your sponsor agreeing to pay your costs. If you are sponsored by your government, you can submit a financial guarantee in place of the financial statement.

     

    • Where do I find the sponsorship letter?
      • There is no specific form; this is just a letter from your sponsor agreeing to pay your costs. The letter should be formal and simply be a statement of your sponsor’s pledge to provide support. Include all relevant details, including date, student’s name, sponsor’s name, and financial amounts and sign the letter to make it legally binding. The letter should accompany a bank statement.

    Samples:

    General Letter of Financial Support for University Sample

     Dear Sir/Madam,

     

    I, (Name of the Sponsor), will be providing (Name of the student) with full financial support during his/her course of studies at Arkansas State University. I understand the cost of attending the (Name of the program) program at Arkansas State University is 23,000 per year. I have adequate funds to support (Name of the student) in his/her post-secondary education. I have enclosed relevant financial documents to verify my financial standing.

     

    Sincerely,

    (Name of the sponsor)

    (Date)

     

     

    Letter of Financial Support from Parents Sample

    To whom It May Concern,

     

    I, (Name(s) of the parent(s)) do provide this letter of financial support and accompanying bank statement, to confirm funding for my son/daughter, (Name of the student), during his/her study at Arkansas State University.

     

    I hereby confirm that I am able to provide sufficient funds to responsibly cover his/her expenses during the entire educational program, including any unexpected midterm costs and any emergency funding for personal upkeep that would otherwise hinder studying.

     

    Signed

    (Name of parent)

    Father/Mother

     

    • Do I need to submit the WES/ECE evaluation?
      • No, the International Programs does in-house evaluations, so you will not need to order and submit WES/ECE evaluation.

     

    • What is Graduate Assistantship and how can I apply? Can I apply before I am admitted to A-State?
      • Graduate assistantships are part-time jobs granted to graduate students to help provide supervised paid work experience while completing an academic degree program. These are positions that support various departments on campus. All GA positions are not the same. A-State has three different types of graduate assistantships: teaching, research, and administrative support. The responsibilities and duties of the GA position will be decided by the department.  
      • Some of the additional benefits include:
        •           Bi-monthly pay (stipend)
        •          In-state tuition rate for Master’s Degree candidates, provided they are
                   appointed on or before the 11th day of class
        •          Full tuition waiver for Doctoral candidates
      • A-State has over 200 available GA positions every year. But these positions are limited and competitive as there are not enough positions for every graduate student.  Many academic departments have GA positions available and will grant assistantships as they evaluate applications. Each academic department is different – some may have 1-2 GA positions, some may have 7-8 positions. However, graduate assistantships are granted at the sole discretion of the department and are not guaranteed with admission. The best thing to do is contact the department you are applying to and introduce yourself after you have applied. You can let them know why you applied to that department and that you are hoping to be considered for a graduate assistantship position.
  • ONLINE ADMISSIONS

    FAQ for Online:

    • Can I study online?
      • If you are outside of the US: You can study online. There is no restriction on international students studying online as long as there are living outside of the US.
      • If you are currently in the US: Your ability to study online depends on your visa type. Please see below for which visa types allow online study:

    Visa Types and Online Classes

    A1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study
    A2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    B1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    B2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    C1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    C2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    D1 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    D2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    E1 Visa This visa type allows only part time online study.
    E2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    F1 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    F2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    F2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    G1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    G2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    H1 Visa This visa type allows fully online program.
    H4 Visa This visa type allows fully online program.
    I1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    I2 Visa This visa type is not allowed by the U.S. government to engage in study.
    J1 Visa (student category This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    J2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    K1 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    K2 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    L1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    L2 Visa This visa type allows full time online study.
    M1 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    M2 Visa This visa type doesn’t allow online study program.
    N1 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    N2 Visa This visa type allows online study.
    01 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.
    02/3 Visa This visa type allows online study
    P1 Visa This visa type allows part time online study
    P2 Visa This visa type allows part time online study.

     

     

    • Does Arkansas State University provide online students with an I-20?
      • No, studying at a U.S. university in a fully online program does not provide a student with an I-20. International online students must either be in their home country or (if they are in the US) already hold a visa which allows for online study.

     

     

    • What is the cost?
      • For all programs except the online MBA, the tuition for international students is 10% above the tuition advertised online. For the online MBA, the tuition for international students is the same as the tuition advertised online. Click on the program at https://degree.astate.edu/tuition.aspx to find out the tuition for the program.

     

    • What are the application requirements?
      • For all programs:
        • A completed online application. International students should start here.
        • The application fee
        • A signed Official Documents Signature Page*

    -      Transcripts and diplomas from post-secondary schools you have attended

    -      A copy of your passport (and visa, if you are currently in the US)

    -      Proof of English proficiency; requirements can be found at the link above

    *You can be admitted with non-official documents; however the Official Documents Signature Page will state that you agree to submit official documents from your high school or previous universities after admission.

    Some programs have additional requirements:

     Please check your program’s page for additional requirements.

     

    • Do I need to submit a WES Evaluation or other evaluation for my academic transcripts?
      • No, the International Programs does the in-house evaluation, so you will not need to order and submit WES/ECE evaluation.
  • For questions about the arrival and orientation process, click here.

     

    For post-arrival student concerns, please see that FAQ here.