Visa FAQs

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 consulate 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.

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.

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.

Financial Aid FAQs

Stonehill College does not provide need-based financial assistance 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 want to verify students’ financial certification. Students should obtain original copies (with original signatures) of any financial sponsorship affadavits, Stonehill’s admission and merit scholarship award letters, and bank statements. Retain copies of all of these documents in case they are needed for obtaining your student visa.

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 athletic 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 Student Financial Assistance. For information related to athletic scholarships, please contact the coaching staff directly. Their contact information can be found on Stonehill's athletics website: www.stonehillskyhawks.com

Yes. After the first semester of attendance at the college, international students can apply for on-campus employment. Typically, these jobs can be up to 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 in the state of Massachusetts. Most students who work at Stonehill use this money for personal expenses.

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.

Living of 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.

Yes. Stonehill will make arrangements for those international students who can’t 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.

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.