International Students Post-Arrival Information

Section 3 – After you arrive


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
  • F-1 and J-1 Students: Failure to check-in will result in termination of your F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record, as well as any corresponding F-2 or J-2 dependent records.
  • Check-in will be done remotely.


    For COVID-19 related insurance considerations see the Return to Campus page

    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.

    To find out if you are eligible for a waiver, email the following:

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

    For special populations:

    • If you are a Global Nomad student, DACA recipient, are undocumented, or have a nonimmigrant status other than F-1 or J-1, contact us for more information.
    • If your family will be living with you in the U.S., and you wish to purchase insurance for them also, contact us for a list of suggested insurance companies.


    Contact Student Accounts personal:

    • Phone: 330-972-5100
    • Fax: 330-972-2082
    • Email:
    • Campus location: Simmons Hall Lobby



    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.


    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.


    View tuition & fees due dates

    It is possible that you will need to pay your bills from quarantine. Please plan ahead to be sure to avoid any late fees.

    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.


    The Installment Payment Plan allows you to make up to four payments throughout the 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


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

    While in quarantine you will not be able to open a bank account remotely. Please plan ahead.

    PNC staff will be available at the start of the semester to help you sign up for a bank account. Please be sure to follow all posted COVID safety protocols while in the PNC bank on campus.

    • 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.


    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.


    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.


    Z-Alert – UA's free emergency text-messaging service

    The University of Akron provides this service for all students, parents, faculty and staff.

    How it works:

    Text messages will be sent when campus closes due to weather or an emergency, or when a situation arises that immediately affects safety.

    Sign up:

    Follow the instructions at Z-Alert to begin receiving our notifications.