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Frequently Asked Questions

Application/Admissions Process

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Pre-Arrival Arrangements

Enrolling in Courses

Employment

Financial Matters

Miscellaneous

Application/Admissions Process


Where can I find the application to apply to Chadron State College?
The online application can be found at Apply Now. Once you complete and submit the online application, you will be contacted by email and provided with detailed instructions on the rest of the documents needed for admission to CSC.

What is the cost to attend Chadron State College?
Chadron State College is very affordable and provides a high quality university-level education. Cost of Attendance

Is there an application fee for CSC?
No. Chadron State College does not charge an application fee.

What is the deadline to apply for admission to Chadron State College?
We take applications on an ongoing basis. Applications will be processed as soon as possible once required documents are received. The priority deadline is July 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. However, we do continue to accept and review applications after this deadline.

Can I apply as a Non-Degree student?
Students on an F-1 visa may NOT apply as non-degree seeking students. They must maintain their F-1 status by enrolling into degree seeking programs.

How is the decision about my application made?
If you meet eligibility requirements (includes minimum required GPA for respective grade level on a 4.0 scale, proof of English proficiency, and proof of adequate financial resources) and provide all materials required for admission, you will be admitted.

I have submitted my online application. What other documents will I need to provide for admission to Chadron State College?
You will need to provide the following documents:

  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores or successful completion of a CSC approved English program
  • Financial Information (financial declaration form and official bank letter)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Health/Immunization Forms

Visit the On-Campus Graduate Degree-Seeking Student page for detailed instructions on the above application items. Graduate students may be required to provide additional documents.

What kind of bank letter should I send?
The bank letter must include the following: confirmation that the account holder has a specific dollar amount of funds immediately available on deposit; name and address of the bank; date of the letter; and name, signature and title of the bank official certifying the funds. Vague statements such as "six-figure funds available" or "sufficient funds available" are not considered specific or sufficient.

The bank letter must be ORIGINAL, in English, and not more than 30 days old at the time of application. The bank letter must have the official bank seal, stamp, or notarization in a color other than black.

English is my native language. Do I still need to submit English Language Proficiency Test Scores?
No. Please check with the Admissions Office to find out if your country falls under the category of English as an Official Language: English Proficiency Exempt Countries.

I graduated from a high school or college in the United States. Do I still need to provide English Language Proficiency Test Scores?
No. If you graduated from a high school or regionally accredited college or university in the United States, you will have demonstrated English language proficiency.

What are the minimum English Language Proficiency Test Scores required for admission to Chadron State College?
Proof of English language proficiency must be submitted by applicants at the time of application. Applicants can submit evidence of English language proficiency by one of the following:

Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The minimum required score is:

  • 550 with no section score less than 56 (paper based)
  • 79/80 (Internet based)
  • 213 with no score less than 22 (computer based)

Arrangements to take the TOEFL can be found on the TOEFL page.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)
The minimum required score is 6.5

Arrangements to take the IELTS can be found on the TOEFL page.

ACT
The minimum required scores are as follows: English 19, Reading 19
Arrangements to take the ACT exam can be found on the ACT page.

SAT
The minimum SAT scores for tests taken after May 2007 are as follows: Reading 440, English/Writing 440
Arrangements to take the SAT exam can be found on the SAT page.

*TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, and SAT scores are considered valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

I have official transcripts from my school in my country. Is this sufficient for consideration?
Transcript requirements will differ depending on whether you have applied as a freshman international, transfer international, or graduate international student. Please select the appropriate link below to learn more about the transcripts and other documentation required for your respective grade level:

On-Campus Bachelor's Degree-Seeking: First Time University Student

On-Campus Bachelor's Degree-Seeking: University Transfer Student

On-Campus Graduate Degree-Seeking Student

Online (distance learning) Student

Students who have graduated from a high school outside the United States and applying as entering freshman must provide an official transcript that has been translated into English, professionally evaluated for credit and grade equivalency to the U.S. education system, and clearly indicating completion of a diploma.

Students who wish to transfer credit from another U.S.-based college or university need only to have the institution send a sealed official copy of the complete transcript. Students who have attended more than one U.S. institution must submit transcripts for all institutions attended.

Students who wish to transfer credit from colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit an English-language translation of their official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. In addition to being translated into English, transcripts must be professionally evaluated on a course-by-course basis showing equivalency to the U.S system of education. All translated and evaluated credentials must be sent directly to CSC by the evaluation service or submitted in a sealed envelope.

Chadron State College recognizes three evaluation services for evaluating transcripts. Typically, these services will require that transcripts be sent from the foreign educational institution directly to them. They may require certified English translations of documents. A fee from the student is required for evaluating of credentials. Fee payment and all contact regarding this process is the applicant’s responsibility.

What degree programs and majors are offered at Chadron State College?
Over 70 degree programs are available. Click to see full listing of programs: Academics page.
 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
 

Can I apply for financial aid?
An international student is not eligible for U.S. Government assisted financial aid. Graduate students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantship or tuition waivers. Please indicate your interest in an assistantship when submitting your application. You may include a copy of your resume.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. CSC offers a limited number of competitive International Student Tuition Waivers for campus-based undergraduate students as well as the Eagle Rate Tuition Award.  We also automatically grant the Non-Resident Scholars Scholarship to graduate students who meet the qualifying criteria.  To view more information regarding these three financial incentives in addition to other international scholarship opportunities, visit the International Students Scholarships page.
 

Pre-arrival Arrangements
 

What is the deadline to apply for on campus housing?
The Housing Office encourages students who want to live on campus to apply as early as possible to be placed in their residence hall of choice.  The online housing application form should be completed no later than 35 days prior to the start of the semester. To apply for housing on campus, please visit the room reservation page.

When will I receive my Form I-20?
Once you are notified of your acceptance and you make your first semester deposit payment (if applicable), the Office of International Education will issue you an I-20 and mail it to your foreign address.

What is the procedure for getting a visa?
Please check the information provided on the Visa page.

What airport do I need to fly into?
You will need to fly into the Denver International Airport. You will then fly from Denver to the Chadron Airport. You can make your flight reservations from Denver to Chadron via Boutique Air.  Visit the Boutique Air website.

Once I arrive at the Chadron Airport, will someone from the Office of International Education pick me up?
Absolutely! There is no public transportation so we will pick you up and take you to campus. Once you make your flight arrangements, please let the Office of International Education know your flight itinerary well in advance so we can accommodate you and pick you up at the airport.

When should I arrive to CSC?
If you plan to start during the Fall semester, you will be required to attend the Fall orientation which begins the Thursday before classes begin.  Plan to arrive no later than the Wednesday evening before Fall classes begin.  If you plan to start during the Spring semester, you will be required to attend the Spring orientation which begins the Friday before classes begin.  Plan to arrive no later than the Thursday evening before Spring classes begin.
 

Enrolling in Courses
 

How many credits must I register for each semester?
If you are an undergraduate student, you must enroll in at least 12 credits (4 courses) during fall and spring semesters. If you are a graduate student, you must enroll in at least 9 credits (3 courses) during the Fall and Spring semesters.

I would like to register for classes before I arrive to Chadron. Can I do this and if so, how?
Yes. We STRONGLY encourage you to register for courses before arriving on campus. See the appropriate instructions below.

Incoming freshmen: When you complete the New Student Orientation (NSO) registration form, you will be required to select a First Year Inquiry (FYI) course as part of our new Essential Studies program. Once you complete the NSO Registration form and submit it, the START Office will review your FYI course selection and then they will build the rest of your course schedule. Once the START Office has built your course schedule, you will receive an email from the START Office notifying you that your course schedule is set for the semester. You can then review your course schedule (per the instructions in the email from the START office). If you have any modifications you want to make to your schedule, you can contact them directly.

Incoming transfer students: Once you complete the NSO Registration form and submit it, the START Office will review your transcripts that are on file. The START Office will then build the rest of your course schedule. Once the START Office has built your course schedule, you will receive an email from the START Office notifying you that your course schedule is set for the semester. You can then review your course schedule (per the instructions in the email from the START office). If you have any modifications you want to make to your schedule, you can contact them directly.

Incoming graduate students: On your MyCSC, you will find a Ready to Register form once you have completed all the necessary admissions requirements.

Can I enroll for less than full time status?
Very few circumstances allow this and require extensive documentation. The reasons are as follows: Academic, Medical or Last Semester. You will need to visit OIE to discuss this issue.

Do I have to enroll in classes during the summer?
No, you are not required to take classes during the summer months.

I changed my major. Do I need to let the Office of International Education know?
Yes. We will need to update your record in SEVIS.
 

Employment
 

Can I work on campus?
Yes, there are employment opportunities at CSC. You are limited to 20 hours per week during the academic semester. You can work full time during vacations. For more information visit the Human Resources page.

I received a job on campus and now need a social security card. How do I get one?
The nearest Social Security Administration is located in Scottsbluff Nebraska, about 90 minutes from CSC. The Office of International Education can take you to SSA. You will need to notify us and provide us with ample notice. You will need to bring your valid passport with your form I-94, Form I-20, and a letter of employment offer from the CSC Human Resource Office.

Can I work off campus?
Generally, no. However, if you are experiencing extreme financial difficulties which were unforeseen, you can apply for off-campus work permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With DHS permission, it is possible to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and full-time during the summer and vacation periods. Please contact the Office of International Education for full details. Visit the International Education page.
 

Financial Matters
 

How much money should I bring?
In addition to having access to your cost of attendance amount, we recommend that you have access to at least $1,500 to cover your travel and both expected and unexpected expenses for the first few days. You may prefer to use a bank card to avoid having to carry large sums of money in cash.

When should I pay my bill?
Payment is due no later than the end of the second week of classes ever semester. We highly discourage students to carry their tuition fee with them as they travel to the U.S. If you have not been required to pay your first semester cost of attendance in advance, we strongly recommend that you carry your first semester’s cost of attendance with you when you come to the U.S.

Does CSC offer an extended payment plan?
Sorry, no. Student cost of attendance must be paid in full no later than the end of the second week of classes every semester. No extensions are granted.

How do I pay the university?
You can wire your funds from your bank in your country to First National Bank of Chadron through Midwest Independent Bank (intermediary bank that will accept funds for First National Bank). You can also pay online via credit or check card or mail a check to CSC.
 

Miscellaneous
 

Does CSC offer an ESL program?
CSC offers an Intensive English Program through BridgePathways. Please visit the Intensive Academic English Program for more information.

When I was accepted to CSC, I was awarded the International Student Tuition Waiver. I did not maintain eligibility and have lost my waiver. Can I get it back?
Once you reach eligibility again, you can reapply. However, your application will be evaluated along with other applicants and is subject to waiver availability.

Is health insurance required for international students?
Yes. All F-1 students are required to have medical health insurance coverage each semester they are registered. The Office of International Education will enroll you automatically in our approved plan and the cost will be added to you cost of attendance bill.

I am going to transfer to another college/university. What do I need to do?
Once you receive your acceptance letter from the new school you will be attending, please bring this to the Office of International Education. Your new school should also provide you with a Transfer Release form. Bring this with you as well. Once OIE reviews the documents and verifies acceptance to the new school, we will transfer your SEVIS record.

I am going to graduate this semester and would like to apply for OPT. What do I need to do?
You can apply for OPT no sooner than 90 days before your Program End Date on your form I-20. This is the earliest the federal government allows. Apply as soon as you are allowed as it can take months for the Service Center to process. Detailed Instructions

I would like to apply for a CPT. How does this work?
An internship must be part of your degree requirements. You will be required to demonstrate this to OIE. You will also need to provide an internship offer letter from a company to OIE. If you meet requirements, OIE will post the CPT in your SEVIS record….which is a requirement by the federal government.

I am graduating from CSC and would like to apply for graduate school at CSC. What do I need to do?
You will need to apply as a graduate student. The online application can be found on the Applying for Admission page. You also will need to provide new financial information to demonstrate you have sufficient funds to cover your education for the next two years. Once you apply online and provide the financial documents, OIE will notify the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will then take over the admissions process and work closely with you for the rest of your admissions process.

I was supposed to graduate this semester but now I will not be able to. What do I do?
You will need to visit OIE to discuss this. You will need to provide documentation and a compelling explanation for not graduating as expected. Once you provide all needed documentation and demonstrate a valid reason, OIE will extend your Program End Date on SEVIS. This is very important. If your Program End Date is not extended and you remain past this date you are out of status…a very serious issue!

Can I be paid at my CPT?
Yes you can. If you have an unpaid CPT, you are still required to provide the documentation listed above. For more information visit the Employment page.

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