Financial Tips

Follow the suggestions below to reduce admissions delays. All international students must pay the U.S. government required Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee of $100 before entering the United States. Note: students with Canadian citizenship must submit the certificate of finances and official bank statements as do all international students.

Certificate of Finances

  • Read the instructions on the form carefully.
  • Make sure your funds total at least the minimum amount listed on the budget.
  • If you leave the form blank, you will be asked to submit a new one.
  • If you have sponsorship, the sponsor’s signature is required.
  • Indicate a UGA assistantship only if you have already been awarded the assistantship.

Bank Statement

  • Must be original with a bank’s stamp/seal and official signature
  • Photocopies, notarized copies or faxed documents are not accepted.
  • Must be in English or original language with English translations
  • Date on statement cannot be more than six months old
  • Must indicate “deposit balance,” not statements such as “ability to pay,” “sufficient resources,” or “general averages.”
  • Name of the bank
  • Bank’s letterhead stationery with name of the bank
  • Date letter was prepared
  • Student’s name or sponsor’s name in English
  • Deposit balance of US$
  • Official’s signature
  • Stamp from the bank