International Students and Scholars Office

Request I-20

What is an I-20? 

An I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a U.S. government-approved educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the United States. The I-20 is officially titled the “Certificate of Eligibility” because it allows an individual to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

Who Should Request It? 

  • Non-U.S. citizens who have never studied in the United States
  • Non-U.S. citizens who are transferring from a secondary school, college or university in the United States
  • Non-U.S. citizens who are switching their current visa status to the F-1 visa
  • Non-U.S. citizens who are returning from a leave of absence from the United States that is greater than 5 months.


Fall I-20s will be issued starting March 1

  • Financial documents must be current (no older than 3 months before submitting the I-20 e-Request).

 Spring I-20s will be issued starting October 1

  • Financial documents must be current (no older than 3 months before submitting the I-20 e-Request).

How to Request I-20?

Documents Needed

Important: English translations must accompany any documents issued in a language other than English.
  • Sufficient financial documentation 
    • Bank statements, letters from a bank or government sponsor, or financial guarantee
    • Letters from a private sponsor must be accompanied with a bank statement from the sponsor. 
      • Financial documentation cannot be more than 3 months old at the time of I-20 e-Request submission. 
      • The statement is evidence of adequate funding to meet the estimated tuition and living expenses for the first year of study (see the Appoximate Costs Chart below). 
  • Passport
  • Valid I-20 from the current institution (if applicable)

Approximate Costs

  • The estimation includes costs of campus fees, books, supplies, room and board, personal expenses, transportation costs, and tuition for one academic year.
  • For more information about tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounting & Cashiering Services website.
A spouse requires an additional $5000 and a child an additional $3000 of support.
  Undergraduate Graduate
Living Expenses $20,732 $20,732
Tuition & Fees $17,818 $16,084
Total $38,550 $36,816

Please save all documents as PDF or JPG and use Firefox or Chrome web browsers to complete I-20 e-request. Safari is not supported.
  1. Login to I-20 e-Request using CPP username and password
  2. Follow the instructions and fill out the request form 
  3. Upload following:
    1. Sufficient financial documentation 
    2. Passport
    3. Valid I-20 from the current institution (if applicable)
  4. Click "Save/Submit"
  5. Allow 10 business days for ISSO processing 

  • After successfully submitting the I-20 e-Request form, you will receive an email confirmation.
  • If your application needs additional documents, you will receive an email from the ISSO. 

After Submitting I-20 e-Request

1. Review Onboarding Checklist

Follow the Onboarding Checklist and complete all required steps

2. Prepare for Arrival at CPP

Review Arriving at CPP and prepare for your arrival in CPP.
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