FAQs for International Applicants

Hopefully these FAQ’s will give you the answers to typical questions that have been asked by many international applicants. We have attempted to consolidate most of the questions into four areas: The Application Process, Financial Aid, Student Visas and General Questions.

The Application Process - FAQs for International Applicants

Who do you consider an “International student” and what application I should use? I don’t have strong internet connectivity. Is there another way to apply that is not online? Do I have to submit my application and all the supporting documents at the same time? What is the official mailing address to mail additional documents to Stonehill College? Can I send in supplemental application materials? Do you need my transcripts in the original language or in English? What do I do if my secondary school or university only provides one official transcript? Can I submit my Common Application online and send the school forms by mail? My school does not have a guidance counselor. Who should complete my school forms for the Common Application? How do I know if all of my application materials have been received? What is the required TOEFL or IELTS score to attend Stonehill? Does Stonehill have an ESL (English as a Second Language) program? Does Stonehill require the SAT or ACT? If you don’t require SAT scores what are the important factors you consider when making admission decisions?

Financial Aid - FAQs for International Applicants

How much does it cost to attend Stonehill? Does Stonehill College offer Scholarships and Financial Aid to international students? What financial documents must I provide? How do I apply for merit-based scholarships? Does Stonehill offer need-based scholarships to international students? If I can’t contribute any money towards my education can Stonehill provide me with financial aid to cover all of my expenses? Does Stonehill offer Athletic Scholarship? Can I work at Stonehill if I am an international student? Can I work off campus? How can I submit my application fee and deposit?

Student Visa Information - FAQs for International Applicants

What type of visa do I need to study at Stonehill? How do I maintain my visa status? I already have a tourist visa. Do I need to change that to a student visa? Who do I see on campus if I have questions about my I-20 form or F-1 Student Visa?

General Questions - FAQs for International Applicants

What happens if I get sick when I am at Stonehill? How can I receive information and mailings from Stonehill? If I can’t go home during the longer breaks or vacations am I allowed to stay on campus for the duration of the break? Is there a large international community or presence on campus? I have questions that are not addressed on this website.  Where can I direct these questions?

The Application Process - FAQs for International Applicants

Who do you consider an “International student” and what application I should use?

Any student who is not a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the U.S. (“Green Card” holder) and who requires a visa to study in the United States is considered an international student.  Both U.S. citizens and international students complete the same Common Application.  If you have dual citizenship and one of the countries is the United States, we will consider you a U.S. citizen in the admission and financial aid process.

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I don’t have strong internet connectivity. Is there another way to apply that is not online?

No.  You must apply online at www.commonapp.org.  Your local EducationUSA office may be able to assist you with this if you have problems connecting to the internet or submitting your application.

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Do I have to submit my application and all the supporting documents at the same time?

No.  You may submit your application, transcripts and documents all at once, or you may submit them individually (or in small batches) as they become available.  If you submit them separately be sure that each document contains your full name and your date of birth so that they can be correctly assigned to your application file.

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What is the official mailing address to mail additional documents to Stonehill College?

Stonehill College
Office of Admission
320 Washington Street
Easton, MA 02357 USA

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Can I send in supplemental application materials?

Additional materials are not required for admission, but we will gladly accept additional writing samples, essays, letters of recommendation and other appropriate documents if you feel they will enhance your application.

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Do you need my transcripts in the original language or in English?

If your original school transcript is not in English, you must submit your original transcript in your native language along with a copy of the transcript that has been translated into English.  If you send them by mail, the original document must have a school stamp and signature and the English translation.  We prefer that transcripts be submitted through the Common Application website.  We will accept documents submitted via fax or email attachment, but only if they clearly indicate that they are being sent to us by a school administrator or EducationUSA officer.  If there is any cause for concern regarding authenticity of documents, we reserve the right to contact school officials for confirmation and/or request original, stamped and signed documentation in order to complete the application file.  As part of the Secondary School Report that is sent with your transcript it is helpful if your guidance counselor also sends a grade conversion chart.

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What do I do if my secondary school or university only provides one official transcript?

Your guidance counselor should submit a photocopy of your official transcript.  Take your only copy and have several certified copies made and translated into English if needed.  These documents should be stamped by the legal notary who made the copy and/or translation.  We do not accept uncertified copies submitted directly from students.

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Can I submit my Common Application online and send the school forms by mail?

Yes.  While we prefer to receive the school forms (i.e. transcripts, teacher recommendation letters, and guidance counselor’s secondary school report form) online, it is acceptable to submit them by fax, email attachment or by postal mail.  You should ask your high school guidance counselor (or other school administrator) to send us a photocopy of your school forms, transcripts and test scores by postal mail.  This photocopy should contain an original school stamp and signature on it verifying that the copy is true to the original.  For quicker service the counselor can send documents to us by fax (1-508-565-1545) or as an attachment to an email sent to admission@stonehill.edu.  The cover letter of the fax or email should clearly indicate that it is being sent by the high school (not the applicant) in order for us to accept the documents as “official.”

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My school does not have a guidance counselor. Who should complete my school forms for the Common Application?

If a school or guidance counselor is not available you can ask a school headmaster, principal, class advisor or any school administrator to complete and send the application and required forms.

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How do I know if all of my application materials have been received?

Once you apply you will be sent an email with instructions on how to create an account in the Stonehill College Applicant Portal system.    When you activate your portal you will be able to view your application status, you will see a list of documents or materials that have been received and those documents which are still missing.  It is important to activate and maintain your Stonehill Applicant Portal Account because merit scholarship awards for admitted students will also appear online.  It is also important to have a reliable email address on file with the admission office because we will use email as the primary way of communicating with you throughout the admission process.  Be sure to let us know if you change your email address after you send in your application.

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What is the required TOEFL or IELTS score to attend Stonehill?

Our minimum score for the TOEFL is 90
Our minimum score for the IELTS is a 7.0

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Does Stonehill have an ESL (English as a Second Language) program?

No. Stonehill does not have an ESL program on campus. Therefore, it is very important that applicants have the English proficiency to do college level work before they arrive on campus.

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Does Stonehill require the SAT or ACT?

No. Stonehill does NOT require that you submit scores from the SAT, ACT or SAT II exams. Stonehill is “SAT/ACT optional” which means that you can submit SAT or ACT scores if you feel that they will enhance your application, but you are NOT required to send in SAT scores. Generally about two thirds of our applicants will submit SAT scores.

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If you don’t require SAT scores what are the important factors you consider when making admission decisions?

Admission to Stonehill is competitive.  Stonehill typically receives about 10 applications for every space in our first year class.  We give each application a holistic evaluation and carefully review each piece of information you submit.  We pay special attention to your academic performance in secondary school and on the strength of the classes you select.  To make sure that we compare all students equally, we convert the grades or marks you receive in your secondary school to a 4.0 US grading scale-that is why it is important for your guidance counselor to send in your school’s grading scale.  We also rate the strength or difficulty of the courses you selected, your cumulative grade point average, assess your involvement in clubs, activities or volunteer work outside of the classroom and review carefully your recommendations from your guidance counselor and teachers.  We will also consider SAT or ACT scores if you submit them.  Finally we also want to make sure you have the English proficiency to do college level work and you and your family have enough money to pay for your educational and living expenses.

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Financial Aid - FAQs for International Applicants

How much does it cost to attend Stonehill?

Details on the cost of attendance can be found on the financial aid section of our website. 

Direct costs for 2016-2017 for which you will receive a bill are:

                                Tuition and Fees                               $39,900
                                Room and Board                              $15,230
                                Required Health Insurance              $2,100
                                Total                                                 $57,230

In addition to the direct billable costs international students should also budget for indirect costs: books typically cost about $900, personal expenses cost about $900 and travel expenses which will vary depending on how far you have to travel.  We allow international students to stay in our residence halls during breaks or vacations during in the school year, but they must have funds to cover food expenses during the Thanksgiving, December and spring vacation periods and money to return home for the long summer vacation.

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Does Stonehill College offer Scholarships and Financial Aid to international students?

Stonehill only offers merit-based scholarships to international students.  Please read the Financial Assistance for International Students section on our website carefully for complete up-to-date details on our financial aid policies.

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What financial documents must I provide?

All international applicants are required to submit both the International Student Certification of Finances (COF) form and a certified statement from their bank (in English) verifying that they have sufficient funds available to finance their first year’s tuition and living expenses and that a comparable amount of money will be available for every subsequent year of study.  This bank statement should be dated within three months of its submission to Stonehill.  The COF details who is going to finance your education and how much money your parents or sponsors can contribute.

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How do I apply for merit-based scholarships?

All applicants (domestic and international) are automatically considered for Stonehill College’s merit scholarships. There are no special forms you need to complete to qualify for a merit-based scholarship.   Merit scholarship award decisions are made during the admission review process and are awarded to students with outstanding academic credentials.  Please note that no merit scholarship will cover the full cost of attendance.

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Does Stonehill offer need-based scholarships to international students?

Stonehill College does not provide need-based scholarships to international students. 

International students must be able to finance all educational expenses, and proof of this ability to pay is required before the Certification of Eligibility for a student visa (the SEVIS I-20 form) is issued to the student.  Please note that some embassy officials will look to verify students’ financial certification.  Students should obtain original copies (with original signatures) of any the sponsor’s letter, Stonehill’s financial aid award and the bank statement.  Retain copies of all of these documents in case they are needed for obtaining your student visa.

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If I can’t contribute any money towards my education can Stonehill provide me with financial aid to cover all of my expenses?

No. Stonehill does not provide need-based financial aid to International students. Like many selective, private liberal arts colleges in the U.S., Stonehill employs a need-sensitive admission policy for international students. We will not admit students who cannot demonstrate that they can meet our total expenses, after any merit scholarships awarded.

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Does Stonehill offer Athletic Scholarship?

Yes.  Stonehill competes in the Northeast 10 Conference which is an NCAA Division II conference.  This means that the College can award a limited number of athletically related scholarships.  The number of scholarships and the amount of these scholarships is determined by the coaches for each sport in consultation with our athletic department and the office of Financial Assistance.  For information related to athletic scholarships please contact the coach directly.  Their contact information can be found on the athletics section of our website.

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Can I work at Stonehill if I am an international student?

Yes.  After the first semester of attendance at the college international students can apply for some jobs on campus.  Typically these jobs are for 10-15 hours a week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week over the summer and during holiday breaks.  Additional authorization is required for off-campus employment as outlined by F-1 visa regulations.  The pay is at or slightly above the minimum wage.  Most students who can find jobs use this money for personal expenses.

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Can I work off campus?

On an F-1 visa, after the first year, an international student can work off campus at an internship if it relates to their major.

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How can I submit my application fee and deposit?

The $60 application fee and the $750 commitment deposit fee can be paid either via credit card or wire transfer. Information about how to wire money to Stonehill College can be obtained from Jennifer Heine, Associate Director in the Controller’s Office by phone at 508-565-1386 or via email at jheine@stonehill.edu.

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Student Visa Information - FAQs for International Applicants

What type of visa do I need to study at Stonehill?

The F-1 Student Visa.  Once an international student is accepted and demonstrated that they have both the necessary English proficiency to do college level work and that they have the financial resources to pay for their educational and living expenses, the Stonehill Admission Office will send them the I-20 form.  They will then make an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate in their country, complete the DS-160 visa application form and send in the $160 visa application fee.  At their appointment at the US Consulate the student should take the I-20 along with their acceptance letter, any scholarship information sent by Stonehill and their bank statements and talk to a US consulate officer about studying at Stonehill.  If there are no problems the counselor officer will issue them an F-1 Student Visa.  We would strongly encourage all international students to read the information about obtaining an F-1 Student Visa on both the US Department of State website and the EducationUSA website.

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How do I maintain my visa status?

Students who attend Stonehill on an F-1 Student visa are admitted to the U.S. for “duration of status” indicated as D/S on their I-94 form.  In order to maintain the student visa status, students must:

  1. Have a valid passport
  2. Attend the school for which they are authorized
  3. Be enrolled in a full course of study—at least 12 credit hours per semester
  4. Acquire signature for travel on the I-20
  5. Engage only in authorized employment
  6. Comply with all immigration regulations retaining F-1 status.
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I already have a tourist visa. Do I need to change that to a student visa?

International students are not allowed to enter the United Sates on a tourist (B-2) visa when arriving to begin their studies.  It is not legal to study in a degree program on a tourist visa.  Students who are currently in the United States on an F-2 or B-2 visa will be required to change to an F-1 visa.

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Who do I see on campus if I have questions about my I-20 form or F-1 Student Visa?

Once you arrive on campus you must bring your F-1 Visa and passport to check in with Connie Cabello, the Director of Intercultural Affairs in room 149 in the Duffy Academic Center on the Stonehill Campus.  Ms. Cabello will be responsible for approving travel, Practical Training, and other visa related issues while you are a student at Stonehill.  You can contact Connie by phone at 508-565-1411 or by email at ccabello@stonehill.edu.  

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General Questions - FAQs for International Applicants

What happens if I get sick when I am at Stonehill?

Stonehill has an office of Health Services which is open from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.  Stonehill student fees cover the cost of visits to the Health Services office.  Insurance is necessary for some laboratory tests ordered at Health Services, diagnostic studies, local walk-in clinics, ambulance transportation, emergency room visits and specialty medical provider referrals. 

Stonehill College requires all international students to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and will include the cost of this insurance in the students’ bill.  The Student Health Insurance Plan is underwritten by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Insurance Company (HPHC) and is managed by Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk which is located in Quincy, Massachusetts. The cost of the 2016-2017 Student Health Insurance Plan is $2,093 for 12 months of coverage.   Information about health insurance can be found on our website.

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How can I receive information and mailings from Stonehill?

The best way to notify us of your interest in receiving information about Stonehill is to submit our online Inquiry form.  If online submission is not an option, you are welcome to email your request to admission@stonehill.edu.  Please include your full name, date of birth, mailing and email addresses, academic and extra-curricular interests, and desired term of entrance within your message.

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If I can’t go home during the longer breaks or vacations am I allowed to stay on campus for the duration of the break?

Yes.  Stonehill will make arrangements for those international students who can’ go home during school vacations or breaks.  Sometimes our dining services will be closed during the longer breaks and students will have to prepare their own meals or eat off campus.

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Is there a large international community or presence on campus?

At this time Stonehill does not have as many international students as we would like and that is why we are increasing our international recruitment efforts.  Many of our students have lived overseas or have Permanent Residency and while they are not technically “international” students they come from international backgrounds or have lived overseas for many years.

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I have questions that are not addressed on this website.  Where can I direct these questions?

You can send your questions to the main admission office at admission@stonehill.edu or you can email one of the two international admission counselors:  Sam Smith at ssmith@stonehill.edu or John Pepin at jpepin1@stonehill.edu.

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