Congratulations on your acceptance to Anna Maria College!
The Admission Status Portal will grant you access to decision letters, financial aid letters, registration links for upcoming events, important contact information, and more.
Students applying for the Fall 2024 semester should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-2025 Academic Year when it becomes available in December 2023 on www.studentaid.gov. Include Anna Maria College’s school code (#002117) to ensure that information is sent to Anna Maria electronically. In order to complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will need 2021 federal tax information.
All students and their parent(s) who are filing the FAFSA for the first time must create an FSA ID on www.studentaid.gov prior to accessing the form. We strongly encourage you to begin this process while you wait for the FAFSA to become available.
International students that wish to be considered for need-based funding must complete and return the International Financial Aid Form which will become available in the next few weeks. Once complete, please scan and email the form to the Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. All scholarship and financial aid awards will be posted to your Admission Status Portal.
Questions? Contact us here or Call (508) 849-3366.
There is no better way to know if Anna Maria College is right for you than to visit the campus in Paxton, MA. We provide a number of different visit opportunities including on-ground Campus Tours and Information Sessions. If you are unable to make it to campus at this time, join us for a Virtual Information Session or take a Virtual Campus Tour.
Do you have questions about the admissions process and what is next for you? Please reach out to the admissions office to connect with our counselors and schedule an online meeting.
Call – 508-849-3360
Email – email@example.com
Do you have questions regarding your financial award, FAFSA, etc? Schedule an online meeting with our financial aid staff.
Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor – All Students
The information below provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin to work on today:
- Submit your Undergraduate Student I-20 Request Form or Graduate Student I-20 Request Form. Bank statement and Passport should be uploaded with the form. It is our strong recommendation that you refrain from paying your enrollment deposit until you have completed your appointment with the embassy and have been approved for your F-1 visa.
The bank statement should show that you have access to the funding needed to complete your first year of studies at the College. A scanned copy can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or uploaded with the request form.
- Obtain an Immigration Document
Our Enrollment office will issue your immigration document (I-20). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. We will add the completed document to your admissions portal so that you can access this when it is completed. Visa appointments can take time. Please use this link to check the processing time at various embassies and consulates. Bank Statements (Certificate of Finance) should be dated within three (3) to five (5) months of the start term (March if you are starting in August. September if you are starting in January). The deadline to process an I-20 for the spring term is December 1. The deadline to process an I-20 for the fall term is August 1. Documents that arrive after these deadlines will likely require that we change your offer of admission to the next academic term.
- Apply for the Student Visa
After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa.
Applying for your Student Visa
You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival, as it can, in some instances take several weeks, and occasionally longer, to obtain the student visa. To apply for a U.S. visa, you will need to present the following documents at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you:
- Your Form I-20
- The SEVIS Fee receipt (Click Here to Pay)
- A copy of your financial support documents, i.e. evidence that you have sufficient funds to meet the expenses of studying at Anna Maria, e.g. bank statement.
- A valid passport
- Passport-size photographs
- Completed visa applications forms (Visa application forms are available on individual consular Web sites.)
An application fee and an interview will also be required.
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
- The U.S. Department of State has instructed U.S. consulates that they may issue an F-1 visa no more than 120 days in advance of the program start date. However, an application for an F-1 visa can be submitted more than 120 days in advance of the I-20 start date in order to accommodate long processing times. Check the website of the consulate where you will apply for a visa for detailed instructions.
- You must pay particular attention to the starting date noted on this document, as you must enter the U.S. by this date. If you cannot enter the U.S. by this date, contact the Office of the Admissions.
- In addition, you may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the starting date noted on the I-20 Form. If you try to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20, you may not be permitted to enter the U.S.
- Your I-20 will be uploaded in your admissions portal when completed. The I-20 is required when applying for an F-1 student visa at an American Embassy or Consulate and for entry into the United States. This I-20 has been produced by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and is an acknowledgement that your record is in the SEVIS system. The form includes your SEVIS ID number, which is the number in the upper right hand corner above the bar code (usually starts with an N).
- All new students coming in F-1 status must pay a $350 SEVIS fee prior to applying for your visa. The SEVIS payment (I-901) fee can be made here. Please save a copy of the payment fee as you will need this along with your I-20 to enter the US.
- You were sent a letter with your Form I-20. Please read the letter in its entirety as it contains important information regarding F-1 visa processes and procedures. Click Here
- Canadian citizens do not need visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility from the university, school or exchange program they plan to attend. Upon receipt of the I-20 (or DS-2019), the student will be registered with SEVIS, the student tracking system, will be assigned a SEVIS number, and will be required to pay a registration fee. When crossing the border to begin their study or exchange program in the United States, the student will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry:
- A Canadian passport;
- The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate;
- Proof that the SEVIS fee has been paid;
- Proof of ability to pay school fees and living expenses in the United States; and
- Proof of ties to Canada.
- Please fill out the Transfer Release Form if you are an incoming International student with a valid F-1 visa in place. The following additional requirements are also necessary to transfer your F-1 Visa.
- You must currently be maintaining F-1 status
- You must have an offer of admission from Anna Maria College
- If you already graduated or completed OPT, you must still be within your 60-day grace period
The start of classes at your new school must be within 5 months of one of the following:
- academic program completion at Anna Maria College
- last day of enrollment at Anna Maria College (if not graduating from Anna Maria College)
- OPT authorization end date
- For students not completing OPT period, the requested SEVIS I-20 transfer/release date
- If the period of time between F-1 activities is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record is not eligible for transfer. Your new school must issue a new initial I-20 with a new SEVIS number.
6. Preparing for your Visa Interview
On Your Visa Interview Day
Bring copies of your acceptance letter, financial aid award, passport and I-20. You will need these for the interview. You can access them in your admission portal. You should have also paid your I-901 SEVIS fee before your visa interview. If you have not paid the I-901 fee, here is the link with information about how to pay the I-901 fee for your F-1 visa.
F1 Visa Interview Dos:
Do bring all required documentation.
According to the US State Department, you are required to bring the following:
- Passport valid for travel to the United States
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
- Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
- Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the photograph requirements.
- Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status
- Bridge acceptance letter
- Letter of university conditional admission (if applicable)
You may be required to present additional documentation, such as:
- Transcripts, degrees, or certificates
- Standardized test scores. Please make the Consular staff aware that we are a test optional school. There is test optional information at this link.
- Proof of your intent to depart the USA upon completion of your study. It is extremely important that you make clear that you have NO plans to stay in the US after you finish school.
- You can do this in a variety of ways. Some include simple statements. My family needs me to assist in their business as soon as I return. (If your family has a business)
- My work in my program is directly tied to my interest in a career in your major. Business, Health Science, Criminal Justice, Law, Medicine, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc. I feel that I can best do this in my home country.
- Proof of how you plan to pay for your study (bank statement, sources of income, etc.
The State Department advises checking with the embassy or consulate where you will interview to verify what documentation is needed.
DO re-read your visa application before the interview to remember your answers.
It is easy to get flustered and forgetful in the moment of the interview, so taking some time to review your application beforehand will help you to stay on track when you answer questions.
You can expect your interview to cover questions about your study plans, college of choice, academic capability, personal finances, and post-graduate plans. Ask a friend or relative to do a practice interview with potential questions.
It will help you to be more relaxed and confident on the big day. It is important to make sure that the embassy official understands that you are only her to complete your degree and that you plan to return home after you graduate.
DO clarify any doubts you have about your program.
Be prepared to answer specific questions about your program of study. If you have any doubts, contact your admissions department before you go in for your interview. Spend time learning a little more about Anna Maria College.
Be able to state that you learn best in a small school. That our location near Boston in the Worcester Mass area (Second largest city in New England) is attractive to you. . That the colleges location also provides access to students at 11 other colleges.
Learn more about the campus by completing a Virtual Tour.
DO tell the truth.
One of the top reasons for F1 visa rejection is presenting untrue information. Avoid temptations to gloss over details or exaggerate to make your case more appealing.
DO be prepared to make further payment for your visa if necessary.
There is a chance you will be charged additional fees for your visa. Be prepared with a check or credit card in the event that you need to make a payment.
DO stay calm, and take your time answering questions.
A great way to stay calm and centered is to take a deep breath each time you are about to start speaking. Deep, conscious breaths will keep you centered and grounded throughout the process.
And a few Don’ts…
DON’T be too casual.
Wear proper business attire for your interview, as if you are interviewing for a job. It will show you are professional, serious, and prepared.
DON’T stress out.
Find a way to stay calm and centered and the whole process will be a lot easier! Prepare your documentation well in advance to avoid last minute scrambling, and be sure to review all of your information. Get to bed early the night before and leave with plenty of time to arrive early to your embassy or consulate.
DON’T rely on the Internet for the most up-to-date information.
This might sound strange, but visa requirements change frequently, so although you will find useful resources online it is important to contact your embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date requirements.
Please contact one of our DSO (Designated School Official)
Sarah Curry at Scurry@annamaria.edu – Undergraduate or Graduate
John Delaney at JDelaney@Annamaria.edu – Continuing Students
John Hamel at Jhamel@Annamaria.edu – Undergraduate, Graduate or Continuing
John McLaughlin at JMcLaughlin@annamaria.edu – Undergraduate or Graduate
Kelley Tarani at email@example.com – Continuing Students
International Arrival Form
The college will post information for International Arrivals after December 1st. This information will assist you with transportation to the campus if needed. There is also public transportation available from the largest area National/International airport, Boston Logan International. An arrival assistance form will also be posted in December to assist students arriving between the dates of January 8 and January 12. Classes begin on January 16. No international students arriving after January 22 will be allowed to register for classes. For a full list of important Spring Academic Dates, please see the Academic Calendar.
One of the best ways to begin connecting with your future classmates is to join the Class of 2027 Facebook Group.
By joining the group, you can begin to immerse yourself into the campus community, find out about upcoming events, and meet your future roommate.
To officially reserve your place in the incoming class, all students must submit an Enrollment Deposit. Submitting your deposit also secures your housing status and allows you to register for an Orientation Program.
Summer Orientation 2023 sessions are all two-day sessions. More information will be released as it becomes available. Orientation Registration is below.
August 23rd Transfer Student Session – Register
August 23-24 Session (for international and domestic first-year students) – Register
If you have already enrolled and are wondering what to do next, head over to our New Student Information page. You will find everything you need for your transition including student life information, forms and due dates, important Anna Maria College contacts, and more!
Click here to go to the New Student Information page.
Congratulations on becoming the newest member of our community!
Consider the success of some of our alumni.
You are joining some amazing alumni that have studied with us – Business CEO’s at Eaton Vance that oversee cybersecurity, general managers that run business divisions in over 50 major firms throughout New England and the United States; hundreds of nurses and teachers that care for thousands of patients and students that will shape our future; artists, graphic designers, musicians and therapists; 66 Massachusetts police chiefs; over 40 New England fire chiefs; sports managers that work in mid-town Manhattan; and FBI agents in Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. and alumni that are serving in the United States Secret Service. Agents that remain true Patriots! We think you will like what you see and those that you meet.