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International Students

Toccoa Falls College values diversity and encourages international students to seek admission. This college is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. (Code of Federal Regulations 8CFR 214.3(k) and Section 101(a)(15)(F).) Federal law requires international students admitted to the United States on an F-1 Student Visa to enroll as full-time students, carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester and pursue a “full course of study” towards a specific educational or professional objective.

Deadlines

Toccoa Falls College admits qualified international students, who have submitted all application materials by the following deadlines:

Fall Semester Deadline – July 15
Spring Semester Deadline – December 1

Once an admission decision is made, an official letter will be sent directly to the student informing them of the decision. Toccoa Falls College encourages the pursuit of current legal status prior to applying. Those who are in the United States on another form of Visa should contact a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Center about how to proceed before enrollment at Toccoa Falls College. USCIS offices can be located at this link or they may be contacted at 1-800-375-5283.

Students wishing to attend Toccoa Falls College should proceed as follows. All documents should be sent to the following address:

Toccoa Falls College
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 800-899
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598

#1: Application for Admission

The college encourages applications from students interested in the evangelical Christian perspective and curriculum at Toccoa Falls College and who demonstrate a commitment to its philosophy of education. Toccoa Falls College seeks evidence of Christian commitment and character, as well as the capacity and desire to learn, in selecting students for admission. The Office of Admissions will consider applicants for admission after the applicant file is complete. A completed admissions file includes the following:

The college reserves the right to further examine an applicant by personal interview.

Toccoa Falls College does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Admission to the college does not constitute automatic continuation in future semesters. The college reserves the right to refuse admission or continuation to any student. Any student who intentionally withholds pertinent information or falsifies such information may be required to withdraw from the college.

#2: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Toccoa Falls College does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at this time. Therefore, all international students must submit certified, translated, official copies of all academic records as part of the application process. Since all instruction, reading, and research is in English, it is essential that all international students be able to understand and speak English fluently immediately upon arrival on campus. International applicants whose primary language of instruction was not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Toccoa Falls College school code is 5799. Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. A minimum score of 550 on the paper based, 213 on the computer based, or 79 on the internet based is required for admission.

Students can obtain information regarding the TOEFL by contacting:
TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Services
Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151
www.toefl.org

#3: Transcripts

High School Students

If the applicant will enter Toccoa Falls College before earning 24 semester hours from any college or university, original or certified copies of the applicant’s academic records must be sent directly from the high school or secondary school to the Office of Admissions. These records should include details of courses taken and grades earned.
Students are required to obtain and provide certified English translations by an official translation service of any records that are not in English. (See recommended translation services below.)

University Students

If the applicant attended a college or university following secondary school, an official transcript from each institution that shows courses taken and grades earned must be submitted.

The transcripts submitted must be either original documents or certified copies of the originals and must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of Admissions.
Certified English translations by an official translation service must accompany any records that are not in English.

Transcript Translations

Records not in English must be accompanied by a literal English translation. Translation services may be obtained through the following:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
United States of America
Phone 305-273-1616
Fax 305-273-1338
E-mail. Info@jsilny.com
www.jsilney.com

Transcript Evaluations

AACRAO Foreign Education Credential Services must evaluate all high school, college or university level work completed outside the United States.

The evaluation process can take two to six weeks and the Office of Admissions must receive the evaluation of your international credits by the application deadline for your anticipated term of enrollment. Transcripts must be evaluated by the following organization:
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
International Education Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
Email: oies@aacrao.org
Phone: (202)296-3359
FAX: (202)822-3940
http://www.aacrao.org/

#4: Admissions Decision

Upon receipt of all items listed under #1: Application for Admission, an admissions decision will be made. An official letter will be sent directly to the student informing them of the decision. Even though a student may be accepted to Toccoa Falls College, an F-1 Visa will not be issued until financial verification documents have been approved.

#5: Financial Aid

All international student applicants must demonstrate the ability to finance their education at Toccoa Falls College. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service requires Toccoa Falls College to have documents, certified by bank officials, confirming financial resources in the amount of the full cost of attendance for the enrollment year, as determined annually by the office of Financial Aid. The international student applicant must complete and submit, via postal mail, the International Student Financial Certification and Financial Sponsorship forms, certifying the required funding. These documents must be received BEFORE Toccoa Falls College can issue the Form I-20, which permits the student to apply for the F-1 Visa.

#6: Deposit

The college requires a non-transferable $200 deposit after students receive their notification of acceptance. TFC makes room assignments and schedules classes in the order that it receives deposits. Therefore, students should submit the deposit soon after they receive the notification of acceptance. This deposit is not an additional charge; it is credited to the student’s account during the first semester of attendance. The advance deposit is refundable to students who request cancellation prior to May 1 for Summer and Fall semesters and November 1 for the Spring semester.

#7: Student Visa

Upon receipt of the student’s Deposit, the Office of Admissions will send the Form I-20, by express mail, to the student’s mailing address provided on the application.

Upon receipt of the Form I-20, the student must apply for the F-1 Student Visa within 90 days of the arrival date. Prior to an interview with the Embassy, the applicant must complete the Form I-901 for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and pay the $200.00 (USD) SEVIS Fee. You can do so at this link.

Upon approval of the F-1 Visa, the applicant must make their own travel arrangements to arrive at Toccoa Falls College on move-in day of the appropriate semester.