International Students Post-Arrival Information

Section 3 – After you arrive


REQUIRED IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN

By federal immigration regulations check-in is MANDATORY and is one of your primary responsibilities upon entering the United States for all international students.

  • This applies whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Failure to check-in will result in termination of your I-20 (for F-1 and F-2 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 and J-2 students) record.
  • Check-in will take place at the International Center during business hours.

HOW TO CHECK-IN

  • No appointment required.
  • Check-in will be at the International Center
    Location: Buchtel Hall, Suite 202
    Hours: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (our normal business hours)
  • Bring your immigration documents with you.
    • Documents include: Passport, I-20/DS-2019, visa, any additional papers that you were given when entering the USA, plus the documents of any dependents.
  • At check-in, you will also complete our mandatory tuberculosis screening form (if you are on an F visa.  Students on different visas may complete this form if you wish).

We regret but we are unable to process immigration check-ins during the (mandatory) on-campus orientation.

REQUIRED HEALTH INSURANCE

The University of Akron requires that all international students have major medical health insurance.

  • When you register for classes, the mandatory health insurance fee will be automatically added to your student account. Unless you have a comparable alternative plan. 
  • More information about the UA plan and the requirements for a waiver can be found online.
  • The online orientation contains much more information about the need for health insurance in the USA.

If you feel that you qualify for a waiver, email oip-insurance@uakron.edu the following:

  • Your name and UA ID
  • Your waiver request
  • A copy of your alternative plan

STUDENT ACCOUNTS INFORMATION

Contact Student Accounts personal:

  • Phone: 330-972-5100
  • Fax: 330-972-2082
  • Email: cashier@uakron.edu
  • Campus location: Simmons Hall Lobby

PAYING BILLS

HOW TO PAY TUITION & FEES ONLINE

  1. Log into your "My Akron" account.

  2. Go to the "Student Center" (top left of the page).

  3. On the "Student Center" page, look for the Finance header.

  4. Choose Make a Payment/View ebill.

  5. UA accepts electronic check, MasterCard, Visa, & Discover – Payments made by credit card will incur additional fees.

HOW TO PAY FROM OVERSEAS

The University of Akron has now partnered with Flywire to provide our international students with an easy and secured method to send international payments in your home currency through your "My Akron" account.

  1. Log into your "My Akron" account.

  2. Go to the "Student Center" (top left of the page).

  3. On the "Student Center" page, look for the Finance header.

  4. Choose Make a Payment/View ebill, and continue to CASHNet.

  5. Inside CASHNet, select International Payments, and you will be taken to the university's secured Flywire payment portal.
  6. Depending on your method of payment, you will receive instructions on how to complete your payment process.

DUE DATES FOR TUITION & FEES

View tuition & fees due dates

How to avoid late fees and/or holds on future registration and transcripts:

  • If you do not plan to attend The University of Akron, you should drop your classes as soon as possible to avoid any financial responsibility.
  • UA reserves the right to drop your classes if you have not made payment arrangements with Student Accounts.
  • A late registration fee of $100 will be assessed for any “first time” registration that occurs on or after the first day of the term.
  • A late fee of $100 will be charged if payment is not received by the due date.

OPTIONAL INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

The Installment Payment Plan allows you to make up to four payments throughout the Fall 18 semester, including the initial down payment.

  • Students are able to sign up online for the Installment Payment Plan on their My Akron Account.
  • There is a $35 application fee, which is required in addition to the 25% down payment.
  • The payment plan covers only one term, so students will need to sign up for the payment plan for each semester (as needed).
  • The 25% is calculated based on the net outstanding balance at the time you sign up.
  • To be eligible for the payment plan, the net outstanding balance cannot be less than $200.00.

Access UA’s Installment Payment Plan through your "My Akron" account

  1. Log into your “My Akron” account
  2. Go to the Student Center (top left of the page)
  3. Go to Finances header
  4. Go to Access My Finances
  5. Choose Sign Up for Payment Plan

Banking

PNC Bank is the approved banking partner for The University of Akron and is located on campus!


PNC staff will be available during the on-campus orientation to help you sign up for a bank account.

  • For your convenience, a PNC branch is located in the Student Union on the 1st floor.
  • PNC Bank helps make it easier for University of Akron students to keep track of their money.
  • PNC has 8 on-campus ATMs.

More information about banking in the USA and the types of bank accounts available is included in the online orientation.

Since it can take several weeks to open an account with a foreign currency check, we recommend that you do either or both of the following:

  • Contact PNC in advance to discuss you specific currency needs
  • Bring an amount of U.S. money from home (if you can) to open your account with U.S. dollars, and then wire funds from home as needed
    • PNC can help you make wire transfers

Note: you are not required to use PNC Bank, you can use any US bank you choose for your banking needs while you are in the USA.

CELL PHONES

Most students want a cell phone when they arrive in the USA. Details about the types of plans available - pre-paid plans or contract plans - is in the online orientation. Be sure to check the bonus level, section 8.

  • Most cell phone companies require you to have a contract, or “plan”, although pre-paid plans are available.
  • You must be over 18 to sign any contract in the USA.
  • If you will be under 18 when you join UA please check the information for Students Under 18 for additional information.

Note: We want you to contact your family and friends at home once you arrive so they know you made it safely to Akron! To help you do this, we can provide you with a FREE SIM card when you arrive, if you need one.

  • The SIM card comes with a monthly plan.
  • You will pay a flat monthly fee for the service before you use it.
  • This is not designed to be your long term cell-phone plan, but will enable you to call home when you arrive, rather than waiting until you have researched all the cell phone options available.

UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Having your contact information up-to-date ensures that we are able to give you the information you need in a timely manner.

  • While you're at The University of Akron, there will be times when university personnel will need to reach you.
  • Emergency contact information ensures that we are able to reach the correct people on your behalf in an emergency situation.
  • Maintaining accurate, updated information is necessary in order for you to maintain immigration compliance!

Also, it is important for UA personnel to know what information you have permitted to be shared, and with whom it can be shared (this is also known as a FERPA release).

The Registrar’s website has detailed information on how you can make updates or changes.


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