International Certification of Finances

If financial aid is NOT needed, foreign students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application. We cannot process admisison decisions for applicants who have not submitted the appropriate documentation. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form.

How to Fill Out the International Student Certification of Finances

  1. Fill out Sections 1 – 6, according to your personal information.
  2. For Section 7, check off the visa you expect to receive in order to matriculate at the university. In almost all cases, this will be the F-1 student visa or J1 exchange visitor visa.
  3. Section 8 is divided into four parts: Personal or Family Savings, Parents, Sponsors, or your Government. You will need to fill out the boxes that apply to your specific case, according to the sources that will be providing the annual monetary support. Enter amounts in U.S. dollars.
  4. Fill out Section 9 – 17 accordingly, and to the best of your knowledge. Note: Section 12 asks that you indicate how you will pay for your transportation to the States. In most cases, students will be getting the funds from parents or savings.
  5. In Section 18, fill out your signature and the date you filled out the form. A parent’s signature and your signature are both REQUIRED in the appropriate places on the form.


The student’s expected amount of support per year required for Wesleyan is indicated below:

2015 - 2016: $68,120
2016 - 2017: $70,844
2017 - 2018: $73,678
2018 - 2019: $76,625

Please be sure your total amounts add up to at least the expected amount per year noted above. These amounts are estimates only; the actual cost of attendance is set each year by the Board of Trustees.

Follow the directions according to the case(s)* that best fits your personal situation:

*You may “mix & match” the various cases as long as the TOTAL amount adds up to the minimum required amount.

Case 1
My annual support will be coming from a savings account:

  1. Fill out your bank’s name under 8a.
  2. Fill out each corresponding box with the appropriate amount for each year.
  3. Fill out the rest of Section 8a including a bank official’s signature, title of the bank official, name of the bank, the bank’s address, and date.
  4. Fill out the bottom of Section 8b, including parent’s signature, address, and date.
  5. Attach the bank statement(s) proving that you have the total amount you indicated in the 8a section.


Case 2
My parents will provide the annual support:

  1. Fill out your father’s and/or mother’s name under 8b.
  2. Fill out each corresponding box with the appropriate amount for each year.
  3. Fill out the rest of Section 8b including parent’s signature, address, and date.


Case 3
A sponsor will provide the annual support: [The funds will be coming from a private sponsor, family member, or private scholarship.]

  1. Fill out sponsor’s name under 8c.
  2. Fill out each corresponding box with the appropriate amount for each year.
  3. Fill out the bottom of Section 8c including sponsor’s signature, address, relationship of sponsor to student, and date.
  4. Attach a signed copy of a letter from your sponsor stating the amount and duration for which you will be receiving this money, with the form.
  5. Fill out the next box below including parent’s signature, address, and date.


Case 4 (usually J1 visa)
My government will provide the annual support: [The funds will be coming from a government-sponsored scholarship.]

  1. Fill out the name of the government agency awarding you the funds.
  2. Fill out each corresponding box with the appropriate amount for each year.
  3. Attach a signed copy of your official letter stating the amount and duration for which you will be receiving this money, with the form.
  4. Fill out the bottom of Section 8b, including parent’s signature, address, and date.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I do if I cannot get the bank signature from an official?
Preferably, we would like a bank signature from a bank official. However, in the rare case that the bank official will not sign the form, you can write “See Attached Form” on the line that asks for the signature and attach the bank statement with the official seal and/or signature on the bank statement. 

2. Do I need to submit the Certification of Finances if I am an international student applying for financial aid?
No, if you are applying for Financial Aid you do not need to submit the Certification of Finances. You are required to file the Profile form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS).

3. Do I need to submit the Certification of Finances if I am applying for the Freeman Asian Scholars Program?
If you are applying ONLY for the Freeman Asian Scholars Program you do not need to submit the Certification of Finances unless you indicated that you do not need financial aid to cover the expenses beyond tuition. If you do not require that additional aid (approximately $17,000 per year) you should complete the COF showing the ability to pay $17,000/year.

If you have indicated that you would like to be considered in the regular decision pool in the case you are not awarded the Freeman Asian Scholarship, you must submit the Certification of Finances showing your family’s ability to fully fund your education at Wesleyan for four years.

4. Which box do I fill out if I don’t have enough money in my savings accounts to cover all four years?
If you know your parents can pay for the cost of education with their income each year, fill out all of the amounts, year by year, in 8b. Your parents must sign at the bottom, as well as provide the address and date. The rest of the form should be completed appropriately. 

5. Do I need to attach bank statements if I did not fill out the funds in the 8a box?
No, you only need to provide bank savings statements if you fill out any of the 8a boxes.

6. What’s an appropriate amount of money to have when I arrive at the institution (Section 13)?
You can determine yourself what is the appropriate amount for personal expenses. A rough estimate will suffice; there is no exact "answer". Our financial aid office has calculated "Indirect costs" which includes books & other expenses a student may end up spending during the academic year, which you can see at the bottom of this page. Of course, that is only an estimate & will vary depending on the student.

7. When submitting the International Student Certification of Finance, do I submit it online by scanning it, or do I mail it in?
You can fax or scan a copy and submit it online, or email it to our office initially (for speed), but YOU MUST SEND THE ORIGINAL BY AIR MAIL.

8. Can I email someone if I have any questions about the COF, or if I want someone to check it electronically before I send it by airmail?
Yes, you can email Jean Lawrence at jlawrence01@wesleyan.edu with any questions regarding the Certification of Finances.