As an F-1 or J-1 student, you have a hold placed on your account by OIE called the “OIE Check-In Hold.” Holds are placed on student accounts to prevent them from registering for classes until the student completes the necessary steps to remove the hold. You may find that there are other department- such as Student Health Services- have placed a hold on your account. You can check to see what holds are on your account through Buzzport.
If you find an OIE hold on your account, please do the following to ensure you’ve completed all of the necessary actions for OIE:
- You have completed your I-20/DS-2019 form request. Our records indicate you intend to begin your studies in F-1 status. In order to be able to register for courses, you must first submit this e-form so we are able to determine your F-1 eligibility. If you have questions about the I-20/DS-2019 Form request and are unsure what to do next, please review our Obtaining an Initial Student Georgia Tech I-20 or DS-2019 website for more information.
- If you intend to begin your studies in a status other than F-1 please contact the following departments based on your level of study to verify your immigration status:
- Make sure you have completed your OIE Check-in confirming your plans to OIE.
- If you have completed the steps above but you still have a hold on your account, please contact email@example.com to let us know.
Financial Resources for New International Sutdents
Refer to your I-20/ DS-2019 for information on estimated costs involved in being a student at Georgia Tech. For information on the amount of tuition and fees you will need to pay, please refer to the Bursar's website.
Note: All international students holding an F or J visa and pursuing a Georgia Tech degree will be assessed a $25 fee per enrollment semester. This fee allows Georgia Tech to continue to provide comprehensive services and activities to serve and support our international students at the university.
Financial Planning for Arrival
- Your student bill will be due by the 2nd Monday of the semester. For deadlines, visit the Bursar's website.
- How to Pay your Bill at GT: See the Bursar’s Payment Options website for details: there are several payments options for Georgia Tech students such as wire transfer or by check!
- Refund Information: If you are owed money due to an overpayment, the Bursar's office will return any overpayment by directly depositing the refund into your checking or savings account. Therefore, if you are owed money, you will need to have already opened a bank account. To sign up for direct deposit visit the Direct Deposit website. Please note that if you are a student employee of Georgia Tech and have signed up for direct deposit of your paycheck, the Bursar's Office refund process is done on a different system and you must sign up separately per the instructions below or you will not receive your student refund in a timely manner.
- GRA/GTA Payment Program: Monthly paid GRA/GTAs may enroll in payroll deduction. Payroll deduction may be taken for any balance not covered by Aid on the student's Bursar account (tuition, fees, housing, etc). For more information visit the Bursar' Website.
- When you arrive at Georgia Tech, it is very easy to set up a checking account at a local bank so you can have convenient access to your money. You can find more information about opening a bank account at 'Opening a U.S. bank account.'
General Financial Tips and Advice
Georgia Tech is home to hundreds of student organizations, including a large number of cultural and diversity-based groups. Connecting with a student organization can help new students adjust to Georgia Tech and find new friends. You can find a listing of all student organizations on Georgia Tech OrgSync, a database listing over 400 organizations based upon culture, academic disciplines, and special interests. Simply sign in with your GT ID to get started.
Attention New International Students: Many Cultural/Diversity organizations host welcome events for new students. As the new semester approaches, the OrgSync website will be updated to include the details of some of these events.
Georgia Tech is strongly invested in helping everyone in its community remain safe and healthy, and is committed to providing resources to students who need them. Please find information below about the following services:
All F-1 and J-1 students are required to have health insurance for the duration of their time at Georgia Tech. All international students will be enrolled in the BlueCross/Blue Shield (BCBS) student health insurance plan mandated by the University System of Georgia. For more information, see the Stamps Heath Center insurance website and BCBS’s Georgia Tech page. Charges for the student health insurance will be automatically added to your bursar account.
- If you wish to purchase an alternative comparable insurance and apply for a health insurance waiver, you may do so. However, please remember that health care without insurance is extremely expensive in the United States and you should purchase a level of coverage to protect you in case of any health needs that may arise while you are in the United States. The insurance waiver process is facilitated by Blue Cross Blue Shield, so if you have questions please contact them directly.
- If you have a dependent spouse or children with you in the U.S., they can be added to your BCBS plan
- Questions about insurance claims should be sent to: Jennifer White, Medical Billing Supervisor, Student Health Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is highly recommended that you obtain all required immunizations before beginning at Georgia Tech. For information about required immunizations and how to provide documentation to Georgia Tech, please see the Stamps Health Center websites about Immunization Requirements and Immunization FAQs.
A variety of health services are available on campus to Georgia Tech students and their spouses/domestic partners. The student health fee allows students to access services at Stamps Health Services. Spouses of students can been treated at Stamps Health Services if they pay the Health Fee, but children can not be treated at Stamps Health Services.
Note: the student health fee is not health insurance; health insurance is provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and is a separate, mandatory expense.
- Stamps Health Services: Stamps provides a number of services to students including primary care, immunizations (including those needed for travel outside the U.S.), STI testing, laboratory and x-ray services, and a women's health clinic. The Stamps Health Services Pharmacy offers prescription and non-prescription (over the counter) medications at competitive prices. Dependent children of students cannot be treated at Stamps Health Services. For a full listing of services offered at the Stamps Health Center, please see their website at health.gatech.edu/services.
- Tech Dentistry: Tech Dentistry is a full-service independent dental provider located inside Stamps Health Services. Dental coverage is provided in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield student health insurance plan.
Georgia Tech students may access many mental health related resources to help them succeed academically and personally. All service providers adhere to strict confidentiality regulations. Students who are experiencing difficulties are encouraged to contact these services.
- Georgia Tech Counseling Center: The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists, as well as pre-doctoral interns and graduate practicum students. Services include individual counseling, group and couples counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, and outreach programming. Group therapy sessions are facilitated by a clinician and focus on a variety of student populations and issues. Recent offerings include groups for international students, spouses/partners of international students, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) students, students of color, students experiencing grief or loss, students writing doctoral dissertations, and men’s and women’s groups.
- Stamps Psychiatry Services: Offer general psychiatric services to eligible undergraduate and graduate students and their spouses. This includes psychiatric evaluations and medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.