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Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ

We know that the unprecedented situation around COVID-19 creates challenges and anxiety for you in the application process. We want to take this time to assure you that we will continue to process applications and plan to proceed with our Summer and Fall 2020 terms as scheduled. 

The COVID-19 health crisis has caused the closure of most centers for GRE/GMAT testing. As a result, the requirement for GRE scores is being waived for applicants for Summer 2020 as well as for the academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021).

GMAT scores are still needed for programs that require it, but application deadlines for those programs have been pushed back in anticipation of the availability of GMAT online in mid/late-April.

 


Prospective Student Admissions Questions

Will my application or decision be delayed?

We are continuing to process applications and decisions so there will not be any delays.

If I cannot pay the application fee due to economic hardship from COVID-19, can I get a fee waiver?

Please reach out to the department you are applying to and inquire about the department paying the application fee for you.

What if I can't meet the GRE/GMAT requirements due to closed testing centers?

Due to the impacts on testing centers across the world, we are temporarily waiving the GRE test score requirements for all graduate programs for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. If your program requires GMAT scores, please email rawlsgrad@ttu.edu about possible extension accommodations. GMAC is expected to have an online version of the GMAT in mid-April.

How can I satisfy the English Proficiency requirements due to closed testing centers?

We will accept the Duolingo English Test as an alternative to the TOEFL and IELTS. The minimum Duolingo score is 100. You can take the exam at englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants. ETS is also offering a Home Edition of the TOEFL. More information can be found at www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home.


Admitted Student Questions

What if I am unable to obtain a visa for Fall 2020 due to the US Embassies and Consulates being closed?

If you are unable to obtain a visa for Fall 2020, we are prepared to have you enroll in the term you were accepted for and receive remote advising and take online coursework. If you are an international student and you intend to enroll online for the term you were accepted, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu and inform us. Please include your name, your Application ID in the body of your email. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "ONLINE ENROLLMENT - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

If you are unable to enroll online, we may defer your term of entry up to one year for on-campus study in the US. Deferral of admission and offers of financial assistance will be contingent on approval from your program/department.

If you are a domestic student, please email graduate.admissions@ttu.edu to request your application be deferred to a future term.

If you are an international student, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu to request your application be deferred to a future term. You will need to include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email, as well as if you wish your I-20 to be sent to you digitally or through the postal mail. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing. 

If I received an offer of financial assistance, will I still receive it if I defer to a future term?

Department Funding
If you received a scholarship or an assistantship offer from your academic department, you must enroll online for Fall 2020 in order to receive the funding benefits when you arrive on-campus for the Spring 2021 semester.

Please contact your department to confirm the number of credit hours you must enroll in online for Fall 2020 in order to keep your funding for Spring 2021.

Graduate School Funding
If you received a Graduate School fellowship or a Competitive Tuition Scholarship from the Graduate School, you must enroll online for the Fall term.

For enrollment requirements for Graduate School funding, please see the information under the question "If I enroll in online courses for Fall 2020, will I still receive the funding I was offered when I was admitted?"

Will there be any reduction in tuition and fees if I choose to enroll online for Fall?

If you enroll in online classes for Fall 2020, you will receive an online tuition rate that is comparable to resident tuition. Please feel free to explore the TTU Student Business Services Tuition Estimator.

Also, we recommend you check with your program or department about any scholarship opportunities for enrolling online.

Is there a deadline to choose if I want to defer my application to a future semester?

No, there is not a deadline to defer your application. However, students are strongly discouraged from deferring to a future semester if you are receiving funding from your department or the Graduate School. It is best that you plan to attend classes online in order to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

Departments are working with students to enroll in online classes by August 1, 2020, so please provide a decision as soon as possible.

Please notify our office as soon as you know your deferral plans. If you are a domestic student, please email graduate.admissions@ttu.edu with your plans to either defer or enroll online.

If you are an international student, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu if you plan to attend online so that we can update your Fall I-20 with Spring 2021 session dates. Please include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "ONLINE ENROLLMENT - FALL 2020." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

How long will my deferral take to process?

Students are strongly discouraged from deferring to a future semester if you are receiving funding from your department or the Graduate School. It is best that you plan to attend classes online in order to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

If you do choose to defer, it is our goal to process deferral requests within a two-week turnaround. 

If you choose to defer your start term to Fall 2021, there is no guarantee of admission or funding. We will create a Fall 2021 application for you, but then you will be required to submit your application and pay a $25 deferral fee. It will then go through the regular admissions process of being sent to the department for their re-review. Processing times may vary as every department committee reviews applications on a different schedule. Additionally, we are currently processing Spring 2021 deferrals prior to Fall 2021 deferrals. Please notify our office as soon as you know your deferral plans.

If you are a domestic student, please email graduate.admissions@ttu.edu with your plans to either defer or enroll online. Please include your name and Application ID so we can locate you in our system. In the subject line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

If you are an international student, to request to defer your application to a future term, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu with your name and Application ID so that we can locate you in our system. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

How will I know if my deferral has been approved?

Students are strongly discouraged from deferring to a future semester if you are receiving funding from your department or the Graduate School. It is best that you plan to attend classes online in order to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

You can log back into your Application Portal at any time to check the application status of your deferred application. You will also receive an email with the admission deferral decision once a decision has been made.

How can I access my admission letter?

You can download a formal PDF letter of admission. Login to your Application Portal and select the PDF icon on the right-hand side of your agreement.

When will I get my bill for the semester?

All bills are electronic and can be viewed from the eBill link on your Raiderlink portal or the Student Business Services website. The first statement will be generated approximately 30 days prior to the payment due date. Updated statements will be posted to your eBill on a regular basis.

When will my funding/financial aid post to my student account?

Financial aid will begin posting funding to student accounts on August 14, 2020. Because of this, we highly recommend you enroll in the Emergency Payment Plan if you are receiving a scholarship.

For Fall 2020, financial aid is scheduled to be disbursed starting the second week of August. Bill payment for Fall 2020 is due August 17, 2020.

How do I pay my student bill?

You can pay your bill online or enroll in a payment plan by going to your Raiderlink account.

For more information regarding paying your bill and available payment plans, please see the TTU Student Business Services page.

Why is my bill so much? Where is my financial aid?

The first statement each semester is a statement of charges. It will not include scholarships, grants, loans, exemptions, waivers, or third party credits.

Scholarships and financial aid for Fall 2020 will not apply until August 14, 2020.

How do I give my parent or third party online access to eBill?

There are instructions on how to allow a bill payer access to your bill on the Student Business Services website.

Are there resources for how to navigate the eBill website?

Yes. More information and how-to guides can be found on the User How-To webpage of Student Business Services.

What are some important dates and deadlines regarding billing and financial aid?

July 29: 1st Billing Statement will be issued. Financial aid, exemptions, waivers, or contracts will not be posted yet. Do not be concerned about the amount of your initial bill.

July 31: Exemptions and waivers will begin posting to student bills.

August 7: 2nd Billing Statement will be issued. Financial aid and Scholarships will not be posted yet. 

August 14: Financial Aid and Scholarships will begin posting. 
Emergency Payment Plan sign-up is available. If you are receiving a scholarship, a fellowship, or a TA/RA position, you need to sign up for an Emergency Payment Plan to avoid your classes being dropped from your account. Scholarships, Fellowships, and TA/RAs usually post after the tuition due date.

August 17: Tuition Payment is due. Please make your payment or sign up for an Emergency Payment Plan to avoid cancellation.


International Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) - Ruling Announcement

I have heard that there is a new ruling from the US Student and Exchange Visitor Program regarding online enrollment for international students. Where can I find this information?

The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced new procedures for international students taking online classes for the Fall 2020 semester on July 6, 2020. However, these requirements were rescinded on July 14, 2020. International students are now bound by the guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that was published on March 9, 2020.

Students can view more information on the ICE Coronavirus page under the "Non-immigrant Students and SEVP-Certified Schools" section.

We highly recommend that new international students study the SEVP "Frequently Asked Questions" PDF to read answers to many questions regarding international students and COVID-19. This list is regularly updated – please note the timestamp of the most recent document update. 

I am currently in the US on an F-1 student visa and I was admitted to Texas Tech Graduate School for the Fall 2020 semester. How does the SEVP ruling affect me?

The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced new procedures for international students taking online classes for the Fall 2020 semester on July 6, 2020. However, these requirements were rescinded on July 14, 2020.

We recommend new international transfer students read the July 15, 2020 memo from the Director of International Student and Scholar Services on the Office of International Affairs website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/news/2020/temporary-exemptions/ 

I am a newly admitted student for Fall 2020 outside of the US and am unable to get a visa or travel in time for on-campus instruction for Fall 2020. I have selected to take online courses for Fall 2020 and apply for a visa for Spring 2021. How does the SEVP ruling affect me?

The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) ruling does not affect your ability to attend 100% online courses while outside of the US. 


Online Enrollment for International Students

If I enroll in online courses, will I still get the same quality of education that I would if I were enrolled on-campus?

You will receive the same quality of education. Online courses are taught by the same award-winning, widely-published faculty that teach our face-to-face courses. Since some fees are waived for online classes, you will be able to get a start on your coursework at a reduced cost. Tuition for an online international student is comparable to the resident online tuition. 

If I remain in my home country and do part of my program online, will I be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

To be eligible for OPT, you must attend on-campus classes for one full academic year, which is Fall and Spring. If you are in a one-year program, you will not be eligible for OPT if you attend the Fall term online. You should defer your application to the following academic year.

To request to defer your application to a future term, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu with your name and Application ID so that we can locate you in our system. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020". You will need to indicate if you wish for us to send you your new I-20 digitally or via postal mail. Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

For more information about OPT, please visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/isss/f1/optstudents.php

If I take online courses for Fall 2020 and my visa is rejected later, what are my options?

You will need to decide if you wish to continue as an online student until you can obtain your visa. As long as you are continuously enrolled, then your admission will remain valid and you can convert to an on-campus student anytime.

How do I enroll in online classes as an international student in my home country?

Please contact your program about online advising and enrolling in online classes. Once you and your department have decided on the courses that you will enroll in, you can register for classes by logging into your Raiderlink using your eRaider username and password. Navigate to the MyTech tab, then click on Manage My Enrollment>Registration.

What will my tuition and fees look like if I attend online classes in my home country?

TTU Student Business Services maintains a Tuition & Fee Estimator on their website. This will give you a general overview of what your course tuition and fees might look like.

Please continue to check back for any updates on reduced tuition and fees for online enrollment for Fall.

Also, we recommend you check with your program or department about any scholarship opportunities.

Do I have to enroll full-time in online classes for Fall 2020?

Enrollment requirements for Fall 2020 may vary on if you received funding.

To see the enrollment requirements, please select the question below regarding receiving funding for Fall 2020.

If you did not receive any funding, you are not required to enroll full-time as an online international student. You can choose to take one, two, or three classes depending on your department's course offerings.

If I enroll in online courses for Fall 2020, will I still receive the funding I was offered when I was admitted?

Departmental Funding

If you were awarded an offer of employment from your department, such as a TA/RA/GPTI/GA/SA, you cannot be employed to work remotely from your home country in any capacity. Please contact your department for possible scholarship opportunities while you are attending online courses.

Once you begin taking courses on-campus, you will work with your department to begin working in the position that was offered to you.

If you were provided a scholarship offer from your department, please contact your department to verify how that scholarship will be awarded during your online studies.

Graduate School Funding

All offers of Graduate School support will remain in force as long as you enroll online for Fall. Below are the enrollment requirements for Fall 2020 based on the funding type you received.

$1,000 Competitive Tuition Scholarship - Enroll in at least 3 hours.

$4,000 Recruitment Fellowship - Enroll in at least 6 hours.

$29,000 Engineering Recruitment Fellowship - Enroll in at least 9 hours.

$25,000 Distinguished Graduate Student Assistantship - Enroll in at least 9 hours.

Do I need a visa to attend online classes for Fall 2020?

No, you do not need a visa to attend online classes for Fall 2020.

Do I need an I-20 to attend online classes for Fall 2020?

No, you do not need an I-20 to attend online classes for Fall 2020. However, you will need an I-20 for Spring 2021 if you plan to attend on-campus in the spring.

Why should I enroll online for Fall 2020?

We are highly recommending new international graduate students attend the Fall 2020 term online if they cannot obtain a visa in time to attend on-campus. This would allow you to begin your graduate studies on time and begin your coursework without having to wait an entire semester and begin in the spring. These classes will be designed so students receive the same quality of education as on-campus students.

Additionally, if you received funding from the Graduate School or your academic department, enrolling in online coursework will allow you to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

You will also have full access to all of our graduate student services, such as the Graduate Writing Center, Statistical Consulting Service, and Personal and Career Development Programming. 

I am in a sanctioned country and am unable to attend online courses due to the export control regulations. What are my options?

Unfortunately, due to US policies and sanctions, our students in the following countries will not be able to take online courses for Fall 2020:

- Cuba
- Iran
- North Korea
- Sudan
- Syria
- Region of Crimea

For students in these countries, please notify us by emailing graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu for deferral requests. Please include your name and Application ID in the body of your email. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "FALL 2020 - SANCTIONED COUNTRY DEFERRAL." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.


International Visa Information

I am worried that I will not receive my visa in time for Fall 2020. What should I do?

We recommend monitoring your home country's embassy or consulate webpage for visa appointment times to move forward with your plans to attend TTU in person in Fall 2020. Additionally, it is best to check with the embassy in your region for guidance. For a list of US Consulates and Embassies, please see www.usembassy.gov

If you have already received your I-20 for Fall 2020 from TTU, we highly encourage you to contact your department and enroll in online classes for Fall 2020 as soon as possible.

If you feel certain that you will obtain a visa appointment, receive a visa, or travel to the US by September 21, 2020, please read the information on the "Late Arrival Process" section of this web page.

If you cannot arrive in the US by September 21, 2020, we strongly encourage you to enroll online for Fall 2020 and receive an updated I-20 to arrive on-campus for Spring 2021. 

If you defer your application to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021, your funding and your admission are not guaranteed.

What if I am unable to travel to or arrive in the US by the report date of August 10, 2020?

If you are unable to arrive by the report date of August 10, 2020, but you can arrive in the US by September 21, 2020, please see the "Late Arrival Process" section of this FAQ for more information.

If you cannot arrive in the US by September 21, 2020, we strongly encourage you to enroll online for Fall 2020 and receive an updated I-20 to arrive on-campus for Spring 2021.

If you defer your application to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021, your funding and your admission are not guaranteed.

If I am an international transfer student, how will attending online courses for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 affect my visa status?

Texas Tech University Graduate School was granted permission by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program to allow international F-1 students who are already in the U.S. to study online for the Summer 2020 semester. It is our understanding that this allowance will continue for Fall 2020 students who are transferring in.

For further questions regarding coursework for Fall 2020, please contact your ISSS advisor. Every international student is assigned an F-1 counselor based on the first letter of your last/family name. Find your counselor here

I was admitted to a program and I want to switch my visa type to an F-1 student visa. What are my options?

You have two options to change your visa type to F-1 status. You can either:

1. Leave the United States and apply for an F-1 visa with an initial attendance I-20 issued from the TTU Graduate School Office

OR

2. Apply for a change of status within the United States through the TTU Office of International Affairs with the help of your ISSS counselor.

It is highly unlikely that either of these options will result in an F-1 visa in time to enroll full-time in classes for Fall 2020.

If you are a current F-2 visa holder, you are allowed to enroll as a part-time student with an F-2 visa, but you cannot accept any funding or employment that requires you to be a full-time student. This includes RA, TA, GPTI, Fellowships, DGSA, and most scholarships.

If you are a current H-4 visa holder, you may enroll as a full-time student on-campus or online, but you cannot work on campus. H-4 visa holders cannot accept any employment-based funding, such as assistantships.

If you are a current B-visitor visa holder, you may not be able to change your visa in time before your visa expires. We recommend changing your visa status while outside the United States.

You will need to think over these options and decide on which one is best for you.

You can also decide to defer to a future semester. Students are strongly discouraged from deferring to a future semester if you are receiving funding from your department or the Graduate School. It is best that you plan to attend classes online in order to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

To request to defer your application to a future term, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu with your name and Application ID so that we can locate you in our system. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

I need a letter indicating my admission is still valid and on-campus classes will resume in August. Where can I obtain this letter?

You can download a letter stating your admission is still valid and in-person classes will resume in August here.

Are there any restrictions I need to be aware of if attending classes on campus for Fall 2020?

Several recent Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Students traveling from China, Iran, European Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, or Brazil will need to travel to a third country first and self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Then, travel to the United States and self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival in Lubbock. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html


Fall 2020 International I-20 Information

I am outside the US and need an I-20 to get my F-1 student visa. What is the process?

Once you are admitted to a TTU graduate program, you will receive an additional email with details regarding obtaining your I-20.

Once you provide the required documents needed for your I-20, our office will create and send it to you within 3-5 business days. Our business days are Monday through Friday.

You will have the option to receive a digitally-signed emailed I-20 or a physical I-20 mailed to you via express shipping.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received reports of shipping delays when sending physical copies of the I-20.

How much financial proof do I need to provide for my I-20?

The amount of financial proof you will need to provide for your I-20 is dependent upon your program as well as any funding you might receive.

If you receive any TTU funding, you may qualify for fee waivers, which will reduce the amount of financial proof you will need to provide. You may not have to provide any financial proof if your TTU funding and waivers cover the estimated expense shown on the I-20.

What is the breakdown of expenses shown on my I-20?

Below are estimates for the expenses that will be shown on the I-20. These are approximations and are not exact numbers.

Your cost of attendance is based on the minimum full-time enrollment of 18 credit hours per academic year or 9 credit hours per long semester. You will not know the exact cost of attendance until you register for classes each semester because there may be additional course and program fees.

It is your responsibility as the student to confirm with your department how many hours you are required to take each semester.


ESTIMATED AVERAGE COSTS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR:

Please locate your academic college below to view the estimated amount.
Note: These amounts are subject to change from year-to-year.


Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering

Tuition & Fees: $16,202

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $30,449


Rawls College of Business
-- not including Data Science

Tuition & Fees: $18,413

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $32,660


Rawls College of Business -- Data Science Program

Tuition & Fees (online Summer semester): $6,357*

*NOTE: The Summer semester tuition & fee amount is not included in the I-20*

Tuition & Fees (Fall and Spring semesters): $23,426

Living Expenses (Fall and Spring semesters): $8,662

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $34,786


All Other Academic Colleges

Tuition & Fees: $15,693

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total: $29,940

How is the amount of financial proof I need to provide determined?

If you did not receive TTU funding, the total amount of estimated average costs for the academic year is the amount of financial proof you need to provide. Please see the breakdown of expenses in the question above for the total amount needed depending on your academic college.

If you did receive TTU funding (scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, graduate part-time instructors), the process is as follows:

1. Based on the TTU funding, the TTU Graduate School will calculate the waiver amount you will receive in addition to your award amount. Waiver amounts may vary based on award type.

2. The award amount and the waiver amount will be subtracted from the total estimated cost listed in the question above.

3. If there is an outstanding balance remaining, the TTU Graduate School will notify you of the exact amount of financial proof you will be required to provide. 

For more information on TTU funding types and how to apply for funding, please visit the TTU Graduate School - Funding Your Education page. Please also communicate with your prospective department regarding available funding opportunities.

Will a digitally-signed emailed I-20 be acceptable for my visa appointment?

Texas Tech University Graduate School has been given permission by the U.S. Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP) to provide electronic signatures on I-20s due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SEVP, they have coordinated with both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the policy of electronic I-20s. Both agencies approve of this action.

To see the documentation provided by SEVP, please visit the ICE Coronavirus page and click the "Frequently Ask Questions" section and PDF under the "Non-immigrant Students and SEVP-Certified Schools" heading.

Digitally-signed I-20s are acceptable for your visa appointment. Please follow the printing instructions provided with your I-20.

If I choose to have my I-20 sent to me via express shipping, can I receive an unsigned soft copy before it is mailed to me?

No, unfortunately, we cannot provide an unsigned scanned copy of your I-20. Once your I-20 is shipped, you will receive an email with your SEVIS details. This email will contain all the information you need to schedule your visa appointment.

Do I need a new I-20 for Spring 2021?

If you are going to attend online classes for Fall 2020 or defer starting your program to Spring 2021, you will need an updated I-20 for Spring 2021 with the correct session dates. It will be the same SEVIS number and you should not have to pay another SEVIS fee for your updated I-20.

If you intend to enroll online for the term you were accepted, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu and inform us. Please include your name, your Application ID in the body of your email, as well as if you want us to send you your updated I-20 digitally or via postal mail. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "ONLINE ENROLLMENT - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

Students are strongly discouraged from deferring to a future semester if you are receiving funding from your department or the Graduate School. It is best that you plan to attend classes online in order to keep your funding award. Deferring your application may cause you to lose your funding award.

If you choose to defer your application to a future term, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu with your name and Application ID so that we can locate you in our system. Please also indicate if you want us to send you your updated I-20 digitally or via postal mail. In the Subject Line of your email, please write "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - FALL 2020". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

If I have my Fall 2020 I-20 and can get a visa interview before classes start for the fall, do I have to have a new or updated I-20?

No, the remarks are no longer required by SEVP. However, we can update your Fall 2020 I-20 with the remarks indicating hybrid instruction at your request.  

To request a new I-20 with updated remarks, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu with your name and Application ID in the body of the email. In the subject line of the email, please write "NEED UPDATED I-20 REMARKS - Fall 2020." If you have not already done so, please also indicate in the body of your email whether you would like an electronic official signed copy of your I-20, or if you would like your I-20 to be sent via postal mail. Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

If you can arrive in the US by September 21, 2020, please see the "Late Arrival Process" section of this FAQ for more information.

If I defer my application and then decide to try to appear for a visa interview to go on-campus for Fall 2020, can I use my Spring 2021 I-20?

No, you cannot use a Spring 2021 I-20 for a visa appointment for Fall 2020 on-campus attendance. However, if your I-20 has not been updated with Spring 2021 session dates, you can use your original Fall 2020 I-20 to appear for a visa interview for Fall 2020 on-campus attendance.

Sanctioned Countries

What are the sanctioned countries affected by export control in the US?

Currently sanctioned countries include:

- Cuba
- Iran
- North Korea
- Sudan
- Syria
- Region of Crimea

I am currently residing in or am a citizen of a US-sanctioned country. Am I allowed to enroll in online courses for Fall 2020?

Unfortunately, due to US policies and sanctions, our students in sanctioned countries will not be able to take online courses for Fall 2020.

If you are one of these affected students, we recommend you defer your admission. You can defer to Spring 2021, but deferring to Fall 2021 might provide you with more time and opportunities to receive your visa.

Please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu and include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email. In the Subject Line of your email, please write - "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - SANCTIONED COUNTRY - FALL 2020." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

If I am a student from a sanctioned country and choose to defer my admission to Fall 2021, will my funding award from Fall 2020 remain the same?

Unfortunately, funding for Fall 2021 is not guaranteed at this time. If you received funding from the TTU Graduate School, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu to discuss your options. If you received funding from your academic department, please reach out to your academic department to ask about future funding opportunities. Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

I am a citizen of a sanctioned country but I am living in a non-sanctioned country right now. Can I take online courses for Fall 2020 while living in another country?

According to our TTU Export Control Office, we cannot offer online courses to individuals who are citizens of or were born in a sanctioned country, even if they are not currently residing in their sanctioned country.

The only exemption to this would be if a student was already studying at a university in the US on an F-1 visa. 

We would recommend these students defer their admission. You can defer to Spring 2021, but deferring to Fall 2021 might provide you with more time and opportunities to receive your visa. Please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu and include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email. In the Subject Line of your email, please write - "DEFERRAL OF ADMISSION - SANCTIONED COUNTRY - FALL 2020. Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

Traveling and Arriving in the US for Fall 2020

Are there currently any travel restrictions regarding who can travel to the US?

Yes, any student from one of the following countries is currently prohibited from entering the US:

- China

- Iran

- Brazil

Previously, additional restricted countries were the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland; however, these restrictions have now been lifted

For more information, please see the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page on restrictions here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

If you are currently located in one of the above countries and are not in a sanctioned country, we recommend you consider enrolling online for Fall 2020. If you decide to enroll online, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu. Please include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email, as well as if you would prefer a digitally signed copy of your I-20 emailed to you or a hard copy of your I-20 mailed to you via the postal mail service. Students are only allotted one shipping option for their I-20. In the subject line of your email, please write - "ONLINE ENROLLMENT - FALL 2020." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

Are there any quarantine requirements when I arrive in the US?

The CDC recommends students and families that have traveled to the US take precautions for 14 days once arriving in the US to reduce the risk of exposure of COVID-19. To view the CDC's recommended precautions, please visit their After You Travel web page.

Because of this, we recommend that you communicate closely with your department and the Graduate School regarding your travel dates and your expected arrival date.

For more information on arriving at Texas Tech, please visit the TTU Office of International Affairs International Student website here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/international-students.php

Do I need to check-in with anybody once I arrive in the US?

Yes, you will need to check-in with your International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) counselor. Every student is assigned an international counselor based on the first letter of their last name/family name. You can schedule your appointment here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/isss/appointments.php

What is Texas Tech University doing to prepare for safe classes for Fall 2020?

Please refer to the Texas Tech Commitment page to view the safety guides and plans for campus re-opening for Fall 2020: https://www.ttu.edu/commitment/.

Late Arrival Process

What is the last day I can arrive in the US to attend classes on-campus for Fall 2020?

For students with Fall 2020 I-20s, the program start date is August 10, 2020, which is the date that you need to report to the US. The start of classes is August 24, 2020.

In order to arrive late, you must have a late arrival letter. The late arrival letter can be used at your visa appointment and the US point of entry. The letter will state that Texas Tech will allow you to arrive by September 21, 2020 -- the 20th class day.

Please understand that although you can arrive as late as September 21, 2020, we advise you to arrive as soon as possible and not wait to arrange your travel on the last date. You will need to allow for as much time as possible. This is due to the requirement you have to meet with your ISSS counselor to register you as an active student in SEVIS.

To schedule your New Student appointment with your ISSS counselor, please make an appointment on their website. 

What is the process if I have to arrive late?

For Fall 2020 only, the Graduate School has approved for students to begin their classes as late as September 21, 2020, if unable to come in time to start classes on August 24, 2020.

Currently, the start date on the Fall 2020 I-20 is August 10, 2020, which is the date you must report to the US.

Please understand that although you can arrive as late as September 21, 2020, we advise you to arrive as soon as possible and not wait to arrange your travel on the last date. You will need to allow for as much time as possible. This is due to the international student requirement you have to meet with your ISSS counselor to register you as an active student in SEVIS.

To schedule your New Student appointment with your ISSS counselor, please make an appointment on their website.

You longer need your I-20 to be updated with new dates. Your late arrival letter should be sufficient.

If you are explicitly told by your embassy or consulate that your I-20 dates need to be updated to reflect your late arrival, we can do this at your request.

To submit your request, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu. In the body of your email, please include your name, your Application ID, and the instructions that your embassy requires in regard to updating your I-20. In the subject line of your email, please write "LATE ARRIVAL - UPDATED I-20 - FALL 2020." If you have already scheduled your visa appointment, please inform us what the date of your appointment is. Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

We can provide a late arrival letter for any student that has a visa appointment scheduled or anticipates having one scheduled.

The late arrival letter will be used for your visa appointment and the US point of entry. The letter will state that Texas Tech will allow you to arrive by September 21, 2020 - the 20th class day.

If you need a late arrival letter, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu. Please include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email. In the subject line of your email, please write "LATE ARRIVAL - FALL 2020." Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

No student can register for classes past the 12th class day. If you are receiving a scholarship or any funding, you must be registered before the first day of classes: August 24, 2020.

My embassy is scheduled to open in late September or October 2020. Can I do part of the semester online and part of the semester on-campus?

If you cannot arrive in the US by September 21, 2020, you will need to complete the Fall 2020 semester online and apply for a visa to attend on-campus for Spring 2021.

If you have a Fall 2020 I-20 and need an updated I-20 for Spring 2021, please email graduate.admissions.international@ttu.edu. Please include your name and your Application ID in the body of your email, as well as if you want your I-20 sent digitally through email or through the postal service. Students are only allotted one shipping option for their I-20. In the subject line of your email, please write "UPDATED I-20 NEEDED FOR SPRING 2021". Please do not resend emails, as this will delay our processing.

OPT/CPT Information

Where can I find more information on OPT/CPT offered through Texas Tech University?

For more information on OPT/STEM OPT offered through Texas Tech, please see the resources provided by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). You can browse the OPT/STEM OPT process breakdown and the OPT FAQ pages.

For more information on CPT offered through Texas Tech, please see the ISSS CPT information webpage.

If you have any additional questions regarding OPT/CPT, please reach out to your counselor at the International Student & Scholar Services Office within the Office of International Affairs: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/isss/ 

How does COVID-19 affect the OPT/CPT process and student eligibility in the US?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released a FAQ with common questions and concerns regarding various international student situations. We recommend viewing the FAQ PDF here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf

According to the SEVP, as of July 15, 2020 -- "An F-1 student accrues eligibility for practical training whether they are inside or outside of the United States during the COVID-19 emergency if the student is in Active status in SEVIS and meets the requirements of their school's procedural change plans submitted to SEVP." This will apply to current TTU graduate students that have an active SEVIS status.

PLEASE NOTE: Your SEVIS record will show as PENDING until you arrive on-campus and meet with your ISSS counselor. Then your SEVIS status will change to ACTIVE. New students that are attending online for Fall 2020 will NOT start their OPT/CPT eligibility until they arrive on-campus. 

Official Documents for Admission

I was told I had to provide my official transcripts, degree certificates, and test scores now that I am admitted. My university is closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. What are my options?

Transcripts and Degree Certificates

If you will enroll in on-campus classes for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you will have until October 1st, 2020 to provide us with your official documents.

We understand that it is difficult for many students to get their official documents currently. If you have your original transcripts, marksheets, degree certificates, diplomas, etc. with you, please bring them with you when you arrive on campus. Our office will make an official copy for our records and return the original documents to you.

If you choose to enroll in online classes for Fall 2020, you will need to bring your official documents with you when you arrive on campus for a future semester. For example, if you arrive on-campus for Spring 2021, your official documents would not be due until January of 2021. 

Test Scores

Please make sure to request that official scores be sent to Texas Tech Graduate School from the testing agency. The university code for the GRE and for the TOEFL for Texas Tech Graduate School is 6827.

If you additional questions not answered here, please contact us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.

Date of Last Update: August 11, 2020