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Thank you for your continued interest in Southeast Missouri State University! We can't wait to see you on campus very soon. However, we know that visas are still difficult to obtain, and we understand that you may not be able to make it beautiful Cape Girardeau in time for the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.
If you are in this situation, do not worry! Southeast has some different options for you to begin your academic future with us. One option is to begin taking online courses that will count towards your degree requirements in the Spring 2021 semester, then you can come to campus in a future semester when you have successfully obtained a visa. The possible benefits of beginning your program with online courses are:
At this point, you must make a choice about what to do with your admission status for Spring 2021. If you do nothing, your admission will be rescinded, and your SEVIS record will be canceled (if you’ve paid your SEVIS fee). NOTE: If you have obtained a visa, please be sure to coordinate your arrival with Dr. Brooke DeArman at DSO@semo.edu.
The following are your options and the instructions you need to follow.
We understand some of you want to begin your academic program when you are able to come to campus. If this is your choice, you can easily defer your admission to a future term. The deadline to defer your admission is January 25, 2021. Kindly note we cannot guarantee you will be able to retain your previously issued SEVIS ID (if applicable) unless we receive your application AND resolve any pending items before the start of the term the original I-20 was issued for.
To defer your application, simply click here and complete the online portion of the application again, this time with your new entry term. To defer your admission, you WILL NOT have to pay the application fee again.
Once your new application has been processed, you will be notified if we need anything else from you. Your application will then be reviewed and an admission decision will be made. You can expect a decision on your deferral in 2-4 weeks.
We require proof of English proficiency to have been done within two (2) years of your new program start date. If you have submitted an English language test score, the test date must be within 2 years of the new program start date of August 16 for the Fall 2021 semester.
Similarly, we require all financial documentation to be dated within one (1) year of the program start date, which is August 16 for the Fall 2021 semester. If the financial documents you originally submitted are dated before August 16, you need to send us new ones in order to get your updated I-20 or DS-2019. Click here for more information about the Affidavit of Financial Support, and here for more information on financial proof standards.
Step 1: Complete this form by January 18, 2021 to confirm you wish to begin your program by taking courses online, but still intend to come to campus once it is possible. Once you have completed the form, we will be in touch with you and you will be required to complete our online new international student orienation. Once you complete the orientation, we will connect you with an acaemic advisor who will help you enroll in Spring 2021 online courses.
Step 2: To being your program with online courses, we must defer your SEVIS record to a Fall 2021 start. In order to do so, all the financial documents submitted for your admission must be since August 15, 2020. Please check the dates on the financial documents you submitted as part of your application. If either one is older than August 15, 2020, you must submit a new one to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information about the Affidavit of Financial Support, and here for more information on financial proof standards.
Also, your updated SEVIS Record/Form I-20 with a deferred in-person start date will be emailed to your Southeast email account before February 28.
1) If you are admitted for the Spring 2021 semester but do not enroll in any courses, you will need to follow the instructions in Option 2 to defer your admission and SEVIS records to a future term.
2) Beginning your academic by enrolling in online courses may impact any international merit-based scholarships you initially qualified for. Please read the "Tuition and Scholarship" information below
Online courses are robust and academically rigorous, and they go on your permanent academic higher education records. Quality access to technology and internet is essential for you to be successful. Please do not consider taking online courses unless you are certain to have access to the content and will be able to participate in the courses in a meaningful and consistent way.
The scholarship a student receives and the tuition rate they pay when they begin their program with online courses depends on several different factors. Click here to see the different tuition rates. Please read the following closely to understand the different options.
1) If a student’s major is offered by Southeast Online as a program which can be completed completely online, they can choose to pay the Web Only tuition rate for their online courses. The Web Only tuition rate is considerably less than the Non-resident tuition rate in-person international students pay. Please note:
2) Students whose major is listed above can choose to pay the Non-resident tuition rate with General Fees AND receive the international merit-based scholarship they qualified for IF they maintain full-time enrollment during their semester of online courses (full-time for undergraduate students is 12 hours; 9 hours for graduate students). Students selecting this option will keep their international merit-based scholarship when they come to campus provided they have met the scholarship renewal criteria (see "Additional Details & Deadlines" here).
3) Students whose major is not a program offered by Southeast Online listed above can still begin their program by taking online courses. They will pay the Non-resident tuition rate and General Fees for the any online courses they take. These students will be able to claim their international merit-based scholarship for their online courses provided they are enrolled full-time in online courses. And they will be able to keep their scholarship once they come to campus provided they meet all the renewal criteria (see "Additional Details & Deadlines" here).
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