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Application Deadlines

F-1 transfer students must apply and submit to the IISS office all required documents at least 2 weeks before the first day of classes. Please check the Academic Calendar for class start dates.

Applications and materials submitted after the listed admissions deadlines may not be processed for the current term as immigration regulations may be negatively impacted. Standard processing is 5 business days from the date submitted.

Students interested in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program need to start the program in fall or spring. This is due to course availability and sequencing.

Required steps to be admitted to JCCC and receive a form I-20

Within 3 to 5 business days of applying to JCCC, you will receive an email which contains your 8 digit JCCC student ID number and provides information on how to log into your MyJCCC account. Once you receive this email, you will be able to proceed with completing the other admissions steps found below and submitting the required documents to the IISS office.

Not all programs are I-20 eligible - check with the IISS office to verify eligibility.

If you are NOT from one of the following countries, you are required to meet a minimum standard of English language proficiency as part of your admission to JCCC:

  • Commonwealth Caribbean (does not include the Dominican Republic, Haiti or the Dutch Isles)
  • English-Speaking Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland

This may be done by submitting one of the following to

  • Unofficial* transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university documenting completion of:
    •  12 or more credit hours (non-ESL courses) with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
    • the equivalent to JCCC’s English 106 (Introduction to Writing) with a grade of C or better
    • the equivalent to JCCC’s English 121 (Composition I) with a grade of C or better.

      *You will later be required to submit an official transcript to JCCC Admissions.
  • ACT English sub-score of 19 or higher (email to
  • TOEFL score of at least 57 (must be less than two years old; email to
  • IELTS score of at least 5 (must be less than two years old; email to
  • Accuplacer ESL score of at least 89 (test in the JCCC Testing Center)
  • Documentation proving that you have been education in (for a minimum of three years) and graduated from an English-speaking country listed above (email records to

Please be aware that your score on the TOEFL, IELTS or Accuplacer test will determine if you must take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes at JCCC prior to taking classes in your area of study. 

Regular college credit classes iBT 65 or higher 6 or higher 115 or higher
English for Academic Purposes (Level 4)
*one semester
iBT 61-64 5.5 102-114
English for Academic Purposes (Level 3)
*two semesters
iBT 57-60 5 89-101

To fulfill this requirement, email to one of the following:

  • An unofficial transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university demonstrating that you have completed at least 12 non-ESL college-level credits.
  • A copy of your diploma, certificate or any other official document showing completion of your secondary school education and that you are eligible to advance to higher education in your home country. Documents must be translated to English and attached to the original document.  The documents do not need to be translated by a professional translator. 
  • Passport (copy of photo page)
  • Visa (current U.S. visa)
  • I-94 (copy of document demonstrating your most recent entry to the U.S.)
  • Current I-20 (pages 1 and 2)
  • Unofficial transcripts
    • The IISS can accept unofficial copies. Official transcripts should be requested from your institution and sent to admissions.
  • Tuberculosis blood test results
    • If you are from one of the countries listed on the TB country list you will be required to undergo a TB blood test at the Johnson County Health Department and have the results sent to the IISS office. See further details about TB screening.
    • If you have undergone a TB test within the past 2 years in the United States, you may submit your results to the IISS office to be reviewed. Email to
  • Transfer-in Form
    • Print/save a PDF of the completed form and show it to your current DSO along with your JCCC admission letter

Fill out the Certificate of Finances form and submit it online. This form will help you determine the amount of funds you need to show and will direct you to upload the appropriate documents. You must demonstrate proof that you or your financial sponsor has funds available to cover the cost of one academic year of study and living expenses, which is $24,670.  Provide a bank statement or other official bank letter/document that is less than 6 months old and includes the name of the person funding your education.  Please see the acceptable proof of funds page for further details. Financial documents should be current and up-to-date when interacting with government officials (Depart of State, Customs and Border Protection, etc.) In addition to bank documents, you will also be instructed to upload the Financial Sponsorship Agreement Form (PDF), as well as a Room and Board Sponsorship Form (PDF) if applicable.

If you are processing a change of level I-20 to become a degree-seeking student (after finishing the EAP program), you will be required to verify updated financial documents.

Federal regulations and Johnson County Community College policy severely limit the types of financial assistance available to international students. College admissions policy requires that international students (those with F-1 and M-1 visas) have enough resources to meet their expenses. Students with these visas are not eligible for federal student aid. Scholarships are not generally available. Off-campus employment is not authorized. For these reasons, all F-1 students must provide proof of having sufficient monetary funds to cover the cost of their educational and living expenses while at JCCC.

Cost of Attendance:

Tuition $5,688
Books/Supplies $1,560 (estimated)
Housing/Meals $9,780  (estimated)
Personal Expenses $6,050  (estimated)
Accident/Illness Insurance $1,592 (estimated)
Total $24,670
*An extra $6,000 is added for estimated expenses if a student starts in the summer semester.

The JCCC Board of Trustees can change the cost per credit hour without notice.

JCCC is in Overland Park, KS, a residential suburb of Kansas City. Like most community colleges, it does not have dormitories or housing on campus. Typically, students arrange their own housing in the community and travel by car to campus as public transportation is limited in Overland Park. For more information about housing go to Housing in the Community.


If you plan to come to the U.S. with an F-2 dependent, you will be required to submit documents for your dependents and add an additional $5,000 (USD) per dependent to your bank documents. F-2 visa holders may study but only part-time (no more than 11 credit hours per semester).

Upon arriving at JCCC, complete the following:

  • Check in with the IISS office in COM 306. Bring your bring passport, visa, and I-20. (Complete before the start of the semester)
  • Attend IISS New F-1 Student Orientation (details will be sent to you)
  • Attend JCCC New Student Orientation
  • Meet with an Academic Counselor
  • Take math and/or English Placement Tests (if required)

IISS follows college policy for the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline. Any student found in violation of our code of conduct or discipline may be reported the Deans Office to follow disciplinary procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, the submission of falsified documents for immigration purposes or academic history.