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FAQ: Admissions/Prospective Students

Q: I have questions about the application to TWU/transcripts/TOEFL, etc.
A: Please contact the Office of Admissions Processing at for all admissions questions.

Q: What are the deadlines for admission?
A: International students have 2 deadlines: the Admissions deadline and the Immigration deadline.
Fall semester - Preferred deadline: March 1; FINAL deadline: May 1
Spring Semester - Preferred deadline: July 1; FINAL deadline: October 1
Summer Semester* - Preferred deadline: February 1; FINAL deadline: March 1 *only applies to academic programs that are eligible to begin in the Summer

IMMIGRATION DEADLINE Accepted students must submit all required immigration documents by the following dates
Fall Semester - August 1
Spring Semester - December 1
Summer Semester* - May 1  *only applies to academic programs that are eligible to begin in the Summer

NOTE: Applications for admission to TWU are processed as they are received, without regard to semester deadlines. If the Immigration deadline has passed, students who are out-of-the-country may be accepted to TWU but will need to defer admission to the next available semester. 

Q: How do I send you my documents for my I-20?
A: Please log in to the International Portal with your TWU user name and password. From your home page, open the Request for Transfer I-20 (if you are transferring from another U.S. institution) or Request for Initial I-20 (if you are coming from your home country for the first time). You will be able to upload your documents there.

Q: I am a prospective student and I have some questions.
A: Email 

Q: How do I know what my tuition will be?
A: You can estimate your tuition using the Tuition Estimator on TWU's website.

Q: Can F-1 visa holders receive federal financial aid or scholarships?
A: F-1 students are not eligible for federal financial aid but are eligible for merit-based scholarships. F-1 visa holders are required by DHS to prove they have funding available for their education before they arrive in the U.S. They are not eligible for need-based funding. Students may apply for merit-based scholarships as soon as they have been accepted to the university. Additionally, by receiving a scholarship or Graduate Assistantship position, an F-1 student may subtract those funds from the amount they must show to obtain an I-20.To apply for a TWU scholarship, visit SCHOLARSHIPS.

Q: How much money does an F-1 student have to show they have to obtain an I-20?
A: DHS requires the university to obtain proof from the student that they have liquid funds available to them (person, sponsor, government, scholarships, etc.) to finance their education so they will not be a burden to the U.S. Each year, International Student & Scholar Services calculates an estimate using information from the Bursar (tuition), Financial Aid (books, supplies, room and board, personal expenses, transportation), Student Health Services (insurance), and the Department of Health and Human Services (dependent cost). As of April 2022, that amount is $32,717 for a gradate student and $35,892 for an undergraduate student.

Q: How does an international student get in-state tuition?
A: A scholarship of at least $1000 usually qualifies a student for in-state tuition. Employment by the university in a Graduate Assistant position (GA, GTA, GRA) that grants an in-state waiver. Showing proof of Texas residency through the Core Residency Questionnaire (available on the Registrar's website).

Q: I have holds on my account and cannot register. 
A: Holds that are related to you being an international student are:
1.   International Orientation
2.   Original academic credentials on file (if applicable, contact the Office of Admissions Processing)
3.   Tuberculosis test (contact Health Services)
4.   Meningitis vaccination (if under 22) (contact Health Services)
5.   Transfer of SEVIS Record (transfer students)
If you have completed the International Orientation AND submitted all your documents for an I-20, email Valerie. If you have not completed these items, you will not be able to register. 

Q: How do I know what courses to register for?
A: Contact your academic advisor. Find the advisor from the main TWU website/A-Z Index/your department.

Q: What are enrollment requirements each semester for F-1 students?
A: F-1 students are required to be enrolled in full-time credits each Fall and Spring semesters. Full time is considered 9 hours/semester for graduates and 12 hours/semester for undergraduates. F-1 students may enroll part-time, full-time, or not at all in summer. There are circumstances in which a student can be considered full-time with PRIOR permission.