International Students

Make SCTCC your college of choice!

Students from all over the world have made St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) their college of choice.

If you would like to join them, apply today!

Please review the important information below. If you have questions, reach us at

Students are encouraged to apply six months prior to their anticipated start date to ensure sufficient time for SCTCC to receive, authenticate, and process paperwork.

Students wishing to start*:

Complete materials due by:

Fall Semester
First Friday in May

Spring Semester
Last Friday in October

*SCTCC does not process international student admissions for summer starts.

International Student Admissions

Complete information about applying for admission to SCTCC is available in printable PDF version of the International Student Admissions Packet.

Other required materials for International Admission

  1. A completed international student application
  2. An English translation of all official high school transcripts indicating completion of high school.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency from one of the following:
    1. TOEFL: 61 minimum is required (with not less than 15 on reading, writing and listening sub scores) using the on-line version of the test
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System): score of 5.5 minimum
    3. Duolingo English: score 90 or higher
  4. A completed Confidential Financial Information Form.
  5. Current bank statements showing sufficient funds to cover educational, living and transportation funds.
  6. An affidavit of financial support from sponsor.

I-20 Visa requirements

An I-20 Visa is required for Admission.
If you are citizen of a country other than the United States, you are required to get a student visa to study in the U.S. (Note: Canadian Citizens do not need a visa, but they do need a passport and I-20 or DS-2019 to enter the U.S. as a student.) Degree seeking students will be issued an I-20 document and will need to obtain an F-1 visa. 

Step One: Schedule a VISA appointment

Upon receipt of your I-20 document, schedule a visa appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate that issues visas.  An interview will be required.  Find the location nearest you at:  You may apply for your visa up to 120 days before the start date on your I-20.

Step Two: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

Anyone applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa is required to pay the SEVIS fee.  Plan to pay the fee at least 3 days prior to your visa interview.  For more detailed information about the SEVIS fee, including options for payment, refer to:

If you have paid the fee previously, it is good for one year.  If it has been over one year since you have paid the fee, be sure to make payment again prior to your visa appointment

Note: the SEVIS fee is a separate fee from the visa application fee.

Step Three: Book your travel to the United States

Upon receipt of the F-1 visa, you may enter the U.S. not more than 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20 or DS 2019.

Receipt of an I-20 from SCTCC or any other school in no way guarantees that you will be issued a visa. In addition, receipt of an F-1 visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S. Customs and Border Control officers will inspect your immigration documents at the port of entry to determine your admissibility into the U.S.

For additional information about non-immigrant visas and rules for visiting the U.S., refer to:

Students who are unable to secure a visa after two attempts will not be processed for a third I-20 and will be advised to apply to another college.

Cost and Minimum Credit Load

International students are required to:

  • Be enrolled full time taking at least 12 credits each semester.
  • Pay required health insurance prior to registering for classes. Cost of health insurance is $2,119.00 per year.
  • Pay the tuition rate and fees of $202.51 per credit.

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

Attending and paying for college while in the United States can be very expensive. You need to be prepared to pay for your tuition, books, insurance and living expenses. Be sure your sponsor knows of this and is prepared to assist you as you begin your education at SCTCC. The following totals are estimates and will differ for each individual. They are used as a guide to give a general idea of costs per year.

Resident Tuition & Fees 

$2430.12 (12 credits Fall Semester)    
$2430.12 (12 credits Spring Semester)
Summer session is optional for International students
The per credit charge is $202.51 so if you take more than 12 credits, you can figure out the additional expense for tuition by multiplying the number of credits taken by $202.51.


$500 per semester (approximately)

Room and Board                                           

SCTCC does not have housing on campus.  Students can live in the dorms at St. Cloud State University and the annual cost for living there is $10,750.00 (approximately) for the fall and spring semesters.  This includes your room and food expenses for the academic year.  Summer would be an additional fee as the dorms have very limited options during the summer months.

There are several apartments near campus that students can rent. Expenses associated with renting an apartment include paying first and last month’s rent, damage deposits and internet hook up. 

Personal Expenses                                          

$3,500.00 (approximately)


SCTCC is on the major bus routes for the city of St. Cloud and can be easily accessed by students.  All students taking 6 or more credits may ride the bus free using their Cyclone Student ID.  Students choosing to purchase a car and insurance, would have this additional expense.                                                                              

Health Insurance        

$2119.00 each year                               

Total Estimated Expenses per Year *

$22,300.00 (approximately)                           
*These fees are calculated on a two semester (fall and spring) basis. If a student intends to stay in the St. Cloud Area and/or take classes during the summer session they must plan their finances accordingly.

Acceptable Documentation:

SCTCC is required by the United States government to examine the financial documentation of F-1 students to insure the financial support is sufficient to issue an I-20. An international student at SCTCC will need to show official proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, health insurance (required by state law), and personal expenses. Official proof of funding cannot be more than 3 months old at time of application.

The funding can be from personal funds, funds from the student's family/sponsor, scholarships, fellowships or sponsoring agencies or governments.

Funding needs to be in liquid assets only. Property is not an acceptable source of funding.

Affidavit of Financial Support:

The funds need to be on original bank letterhead stationery with a signature of the bank official in ink or a photocopy of the bank statement will need to be stamped by the issuing bank in original stamp ink and have a signature of a bank official in ink. Faxes, scanned copies, notarized copies and photocopies (without the original stamp/signature) are not acceptable documentation. Bank statements can not be dated more than three months prior to the date of application.

An English translation by an official translating agency and with the stamp and signature of the translating official, and contact information of translating agency is required for all statements not in English.

Paying for College


SCTCC funding is limited to a few awards each year, based on merit and need. A scholarship generally covers only a portion of the tuition. Therefore, it is imperative that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses.

Financial Aid

International students ARE NOT eligible for Financial Aid.


Jobs are also very limited on campus and most students attend college for at least a year before being able to secure employment.  Therefore, it is imperative that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses.


Contact Admissions.