By now, you may be familiar with CollegeBoard, the body that administers the SAT and AP exams. However, that is not the only thing they do. One of the other things that CollegeBoard provides for international students and their families is a form called the International Student Certification of Finances. This form is mandatory for all international students looking to study abroad, obtain a US student visa, or enter the US.
"As stated by CollegeBoard, the Certification of Finances is used to help colleges and universities get complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants who want to study in the United States. Strict government regulations, rising education costs, and economic conditions have made verifying the financial resources of international applicants essential. Institutions do not have the option of deciding whether to verify the financial resources of their international applicants; financial verification must be made prior to institutional issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility."(CollegeBoard)
The Certification of Finances can be challenging, especially if all the necessary materials are not on hand. However, we work with families to ensure that the form is completed correctly and on time. For those who don't work with us directly, Occam's new app, Vitae.Me (download here on iOS and Android), can help you stay on top of tasks, like completing your Certification of Finances, as well as all your other application-related tasks.
If you have difficulty locating any of this information, we can help you do so. It is important that you submit the Certification of Finances as close to the student’s visa application as possible, though it is preferable if you submit the visa application first. This way, you will have the most accurate information possible when you begin work on it.
If this seems complicated, and you feel like you need more help with college application related-tasks, Occam is here to help with Vitae.Me (download here on iOS and Android). This app can be used to search and select colleges, stay on top of application to-dos, and remind you of important upcoming deadlines. Download today!