International Student Admission Procedure

Initials used in this document:

  • DSO is the Designated School Official(s).
  • INS is the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.
  • TCA is Truth Christian Academy.
  • TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
  • SLEP is the Secondary Level English Proficiency test


  • Complete International Student Application
  • Completed application form (mailed or emailed)
  • Student essay (grades 9-12)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A recent photo of student (in color, head and shoulders, about 5 cm x 6.5 cm)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $450
  • School transcripts (translated into English)
  • Scores from the SLEP or other English proficiency test if
  • English is not the student’s main language (grades 9-12)
  • Signed statement of parent agreement
  • Signed statement of student agreement
  • Signed release from liability statement
  • Student and parent interviews (by phone or Skype)
  • Current passport
  • Current visa
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • Completed application form (mailed or emailed)

Student must have on deposit with TCA, before enrollment, funds in US dollars fully covering tuition, registration, books, other school-related expenses, host family room/board

This can be done by wire transfer or cash—see International Student Expense Estimate and Funds Requirements for specifics on financial requirements and wire-transferring your deposit

If the student cannot get an F-1 Student Visa and must withdraw or wait, all money except the application fee ($450) will be refunded

We recommend each student have a pre-paid debit card or funds deposited with TCA for personal expenses

Proof of current medical insurance

Student or host family should have the student’s insurance card

TCA requires students to have medical coverage during enrollment and travel to and from home country. TCA does not provide insurance.

When all of the above is in order, the student will receive an official acceptance letter from TCA. This letter will state who your DSO is.


When the student has been accepted at TCA, he/she will need a Form I- 20. Contact your DSO (303-670-3360) for help in processing the I-20.

The following documents are needed to create the Form I-20:

  • Copy of student’s passport
  • Copy of student’s visa
  • What country student was born in
  • What country student lives in now
  • Student’s current home address, phone number, and email
  • Student’s current Colorado address, if you know it now
  • TCA acceptance and when the student will start and end their time at TCA

TCA will enter this information into the SEVIS site to get a print-out of the I- 20. The TCA DSO will sign the I-20. The student will get the original, and a copy will be put into the student’s school file.

IF the student is transferring from another U.S. school, please contact your current school DSO to start the transfer process. When funds have been deposited and TCA has accepted the student, the current school will need to release the SEVIS record.

The student must contact his/her DSO at TCA up to thirty days before the start of the school semester.

After each semester, the DSO will report the student’s status to the INS. This will allow the student to continue attending TCA. Should the student leave the U.S. (e.g., to return home over the summer), an updated Form I-20, re-signed by a DSO, will be given the student so he/she can depart and return to the U.S.


The student will need to bring a certificate of health from a doctor’s recent exam. This must include information on any restrictions for medical reasons as well as proof of immunizations. In addition, a medical care release and release of medical records must be signed by the student’s doctor, parents, and the student (if of legal age).

TCA acknowledges with appreciation the assistance of Ms. Gloria Rhodes, Colorado Christian University, who provided us with their International Students Admission Procedure, used as a model for ours.