Due to Covid-19, in-person information sessions are not currently being held. Students should contact an Admissions DSO at [email protected] for more information.
As an F-1 student, there’re several regulations that you must follow and adhere to in order to maintain your student status. Most students on an F-1 visa or F-1 status are granted “D/S,” on their I-94 or I-797A meaning you are allowed to remain in the U.S. for the Duration of Status, the date that’s written on your I-20. It is your responsibility to maintain your status and to understand the rules and regulations set forth by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). Even if your visa is valid, you can lose your legal F-1 status by not following the regulations for F-1 students.
Information for Current Students
All international students must attend a check-in meeting at the start of the fall and spring semester. The check-in meetings are announced by email two to four weeks before the start of the semester.
As an international student, you must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours) and must maintain full time enrollment throughout the semester. Only one class or 3 credit hours towards your full-time enrollment may be online.
International students are required to update their address with COA within 10 days of a change of address.
OPT is a one-year work authorization granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for students who have successfully completed their associate degree. During your last semester you’ll attend an OPT informational meeting and submit your OPT paperwork to USCIS. You may submit your paperwork to USCIS as early as 90 days before the end of your program. However, your OPT paperwork must be received by USCIS before your 60-day grace period ends.
All sponsored students are required to provide an updated letter of sponsorship for each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the updated letter prior to the tuition deadline. Students who do not meet the deadline will have their classes dropped.
North Carolina Nonprofit Entity Sponsorship allows for a lawfully admitted student, who is living in North Carolina and attending a North Carolina community college, to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate when the student is sponsored by a nonprofit charitable or religious corporation or civil league. As a sponsor, the nonprofit entity will pay the in-state tuition rate on behalf of the student. Nonprofit entities must:
- Be incorporated under the laws of North Carolina
- Must be tax exempt
- Must submit to the college a Nonprofit Sponsorship application, articles of incorporation and federal tax identification number
- Provide the college with a signed letter of sponsorship, on organizational letter head, each semester that list the students name and applicable semester. The letter must state the sponsor takes financial responsibility for the students tuition and fees
- Pay the in-state tuition and fees using a check bearing the name of the nonprofit entity
As an international student, you’re required to enroll in and maintain full-time status. Full time is 12 credit hours. In certain cases, you can apply for and be granted a RCL authorization. RCL requests must be submitted prior to dropping below full time and have restrictions. You may get a RCL authorization for the following reasons:
- Medical (a doctors note is required and is limited to one year)
- Final semester (you must be in your final semester and be enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class
- Academic reasons (limited to one time per education level)
If you would like to transfer to another institution, your first step is to apply to that institution. Once you have been accepted, communicated with a Designated School Official (DSO) at your new institution and made a final decision about transferring, fill out the transfer form and provide the requested documents.
Email: [email protected]
COA – Elizabeth City: AE 133
252-335-0821 ext. 2281
Academic and International Student Advisor
COA – Dare: A 127
252-473-2264 ext. 7019