International Student Admission

Requirements for the F-1 International Student

  1. Send a completed Application for Admission with a $25.00 (US dollars) one-time, non-refundable application fee to the BC3 Admissions Office.  Money order preferred made payable to "BC3." Money orders made payable to “BC3” are preferred.
  2. Request that your high school send a copy of your transcript (grades) to the BC3 Admissions Office.  If you have attended any other type of educational program or institution, we will also need a transcript of those academic records translated into the English language and the American education system by World Education Service or Educational Credential Evaluators .
  3. Make arrangements to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System if English is not your native language . The official scoresn must be sent to the BC3 Admissions Office in a sealed envelope from the provider.  You must submit TOEFL test scores at a minimum of 61 on the Internet-based or IELTS scores at a minimum of 5. Test scores are good for two years from the time of completion.
  4. Complete the confidential “Certification of Finances” and “Oath or Affirmation of Sponsor” BC3 forms along with a bank-certified statement showing resources of $45,000 (US dollars) assured support for the first year and projected support for the second year of an associate degree program.  Bank statements must also be in a sealed envelope from the financial institution accompanied by a letter verifying the amount signed by a fiscal agent. Forms can be obtained by contacting Primary Designated School Official, Morgan Rizzardi.
  5. Provide a copy of a valid passport for international travel and current visa (if applicable).

After the steps above have been completed, your transcript, test scores, and financial background will be reviewed and a decision will be made on admission.  Applicants may also be subjected to a Skype interview by the PDSO/DSO. If you are eligible for admission to BC3, you will receive an acceptance letter and a “Certificate of Eligibility” form (I-20) for immigration purposes. Deadline for submission for the fall semester start (August) is June 15th and for the spring semester (January) start November 15th.  Students must take a minimum of 12 credits during the fall and spring semesters and only one can be online.

F-1 International Student Tuition & Fees per Semester

                12 to 17 CREDITS: $5,319-$5,579 

                18 CREDITS: $6,570

The $5,319 is the minimum tuition cost for one semester, full-time; therefore, the minimum cost to attend Butler County Community College for one year (two semesters) would be $10,638.  In addition, most students spend approximately $1,500 each year for books and supplies.  It is difficult to estimate a figure for living expenses (room and board) and the cost of transportation for one year, but a conservative figure would be $10,000. Therefore, an international student would need $22,500 for educational expenses for the academic year.  Examples of additional costs would be airplane travel to the United States, personal expenses, and medical expenses. F-1 international students are not eligible for the federal nor state financial programs.

F-1 International students are permitted to apply for admission to the main campus in Butler, BC3 @Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, and BC3 @ LindenPointe. As a commuter campus, we do not have residence halls and students are responsible for their housing and transportation to and from campus.

BC3 only awards financial aid to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  F-1 students are only permitted to work through on-campus employment programs.


All questions about international student admission can be directed to Primary Designated School Official:

Morgan Rizzardi
Associate Director of Admissions
724.287.8711 Ext. 8274