Welcome to Frank Phillips College
Frank Phillips College wishes to extend a special welcome to students from outside the United States.
A friendly faculty and staff at FPC attend to the needs of international students, assisting them as they adjust to American culture. Classes are small and are affordably priced at some of the lowest international student tuition rates in the nation.
We want to make your stay warm and welcome.
That's why Frank Phillips College helps you through the student visa requirements and guides you through a successful academic experience. It's part of our pledge to help every student succeed.
International students wishing to study here as an F-1 or an M-1 student must complete the following procedures to be considered for admission.
International students are advised to begin the application process several months before the application deadline for the semester they plan to attend Frank Phillips College. TOEFL or IELTS scores need to be available by the application deadline, so the test should be taken in the fall or early spring. Students may take the test several times to improve their scores.
English Language Assessment scores may be waived for students who studied two years at an American high school and graduated in the United States. GED holders must meet the testing requirements.
International students will need to submit official transcripts from any high school and college attended. If a graduation date is not included on the transcripts, the student must also include an original diploma (these documents will be returned to the student upon arrival at the college).
Official English translations must be submitted for documents not written in English. Original foreign transcripts will be returned upon check-in to the ISO.
Individuals from outside the United States may attend Frank Phillips College by meeting regular admission standards, special admission requirements and deadlines for international students. In addition, international students must agree to comply with all international student regulations in order to remain enrolled. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit:
All of the above material must be received in the Admissions Office by the following dates:
Applications received after the deadline date will be considered for admission for the next semester. International students who wish to transfer to Frank Phillips College from another accredited U.S. college or university must have the Frank Phillips College International Student SEVIS Transfer Form completed by the international advisor from the previously attended institution prior to admission.
International students are required to live in campus housing. There are three residence halls; Stephens Hall (men), Goins (women) and Tyler St. (coed). All students living on campus must purchase a meal ticket. Residence halls close during the Thanksgiving holiday, during the recess between semesters, during spring break, and during the summer. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation during the closed period. A housing form and a $150 housing deposit must be submitted online.
Once you are admitted to Frank Phillips College, the International Student Office will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). This document, together with the certificate or letter of admission, the financial guarantee, and your passport, is used to obtain an F-1or M-1 visa at a U.S. consulate nearest to you. These documents must also be shown when you enter the United States.
Senate Bill 1528 is a repeal of the previous Texas law, House Bill 1403. This new version of the law will be effective from September 1, 2006. Eligibility for admission under this law will begin with students applying for the Fall 2006 semester.
If you have been in Texas for more than one year, you may qualify for in-state tuition when you prove Texas Residency.
Once you arrive you will need to visit FPC’s Student Services Office to submit the following:
You also will need to complete the following before you can register for classes:
Assessment tests help you choose the right classes to meet your educational goals. FPC assessments meet Texas Success Initiative requirements. Advisors and counselors will use your scores to recommend classes you should take.
Taking an assessment
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. Students are required to take an approved assessment before enrolling in college credit classes or otherwise demonstrate they are prepared to meet college reading, writing, and math skill requirements.
The following students must take basic assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics before they register:
The following students do not have to take assessments:
Previous scores or transcripts must be presented to an advisor or counselor before registration.
If you are planning to take the TSI, you should:
You should arrive 15 minutes before test times. You will need to bring the following items with you:
F-1 and M-1 students are required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain a minimum of 12 semester credit hours during the spring and fall semesters. Students are required to successfully complete a full course of study that leads to the attainment of a specific educational objective.
Semester credit hours earned by "placement exams" or earned while concurrently enrolled at a different institution will not be applied to this 12 semester hours credit requirement.
F1 or M-1 students who register for fall or spring classes are limited to the equivalent of one online/distance learning class. (This does not apply to classes taken during the summer semester.)
Students who do not follow this restriction are considered out-of-status by the DHS.
You must apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Service for reinstatement to F-1 or M-1 student status if you have lost your F-1 or M-1 status by any of the following actions:
You violated the immigration regulations in any other manner.
International students who have a valid, current F-1 or M-1 visa are eligible for part time (20 hours per week) employment on campus. F-1 or M-1 students must maintain good Department of Homeland Security status to be eligible for on-campus employment.
An F-1 or M-1 students may be authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to work off-campus while school is in session based on severe economic hardship. (Proof of economic hardship is required.) The student must be enrolled full time, in F-1 or M-1 status for at least one full academic year and be in good academic standing. For employment authorization forms and instructions, visit the International Student Office. DHS Employment Authorization is automatically terminated if a student does not maintain good F-1 or M-1 status.
International students must maintain personal health insurance while attending Frank Phillips College. There is no national health care program, so students are responsible for their personal healthcare needs.
International students pay tuition rates set for nonresidents.
You should meet with the International Student Office before you leave the country in order to ensure you will be allowed re-entry. You will need the following documents for re-entry into the United States:
Proof of financial support may be required