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A valid U.S. government form (Form I-20 or DS-2019) is required for you to:
Educational institutions in the United States are required by a U.S. federal regulation to have documentary proof of adequate financial support before an international student may:
Documents meeting the requirements in the categories below will be accepted at the discretion of the admissions or international student adviser. All financial support documents must be:
Can another F-1 or J-1 student be my sponsor on the affidavit of support?
No, a fellow F-1 or J-1 student cannot act as a sponsor for the financial documentation.
Can I make changes to the financial documentation after it has been completed?
No changes or alterations may be made to the document. It must not contain any correction marks upon submission.
Are stocks, bonds or life insurance policies acceptable financial support?
All financial support must be readily accessible. Stocks, bonds and life insurance policies are generally not acceptable.
Are income tax statements, proof of property ownership or employment letters acceptable financial support?
No. You must be able to access the funds within 24 hours. Exception: MU graduate assistantship letters are acceptable.
Do I need to complete an affidavit of support if I am self-funded?
No. If you are providing your own bank statement as your only proof of funding, you do not need to complete an affidavit of support.
Can the letter from the bank state verify "sufficient financial resources" instead of stating the exact account balance?
No. The letter must provide a specific amount of funds.
Can I submit an account statement printed from the Internet?
A statement printed from an online bank account must be stamped by the bank in order for it to be accepted.
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