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Graduate Admissions FAQ
Who has to pay the tuition deposit?
As of October 1, 2022, all international graduate students seeking an F1 visa must pay a tuition deposit before an I-20 will be generated.
How much is the tuition deposit?
The tuition deposit amount is $550.00 USD. This deposit will be credited to the student’s account as a tuition payment and will reduce the amount owed for the semester.
How do I pay the tuition deposit?
Tuition deposit payments are accepted through Flywire and Touchnet. Click HERE to access CBU’s Flywire landing page, or click HERE to access Touchnet. Step-by-step instructions can be found HERE through the Business Office. You will need your student ID number from your acceptance letter to submit payment. IMPORTANT: Payments made through Flywire will take 5-7 business days to post.
Is the tuition deposit refundable?
The tuition deposit is non-refundable except in cases when the visa is denied. The visa denial must be confirmed through the U.S. Department of State before a refund is granted. Once the visa denial is confirmed, $500.00 USD will be credited through Flywire or Touchnet.
If I paid the tuition deposit and need to defer my admission to a future term, am I required to pay another tuition deposit?
In the event that your admission is deferred to a later term, you will not be required to make a new tuition deposit payment if you enroll within one year. Your tuition deposit credit will remain on your student account for one year from the semester of your intended enrollment. After the one-year period, you will forfeit your tuition deposit.
If I received an I-20 for a prior term, am I required to pay a tuition deposit to receive a new I-20?
Yes. You must pay the tuition deposit in order to receive a new I-20. The only exception is if you paid a tuition deposit for a prior term. Your tuition deposit credit will remain on your student account for one year from the semester of your intended enrollment. After the one-year period, you will forfeit your tuition deposit.
If I opt to transfer my SEVIS record to another university, will my tuition deposit be refunded?
No. If you obtain a visa using a CBU I-20 and opt not to attend CBU, the tuition deposit will not be refunded. The deposit is only refundable if your visa is denied, and that denial can be confirmed through the U.S. Department of State. See the above question about refunds.
If I already have a visa from another U.S. college/university, am I required to pay a tuition deposit?
Yes. Upon acceptance to CBU, the DSO at your current university must complete the SEVIS transfer form. Once our DSO confirms receipt of your SEVIS transfer, you will need to pay the $550 tuition deposit to receive a CBU I-20 and enroll.