Admissions Procedures

Admissions Procedures

  1. Sign and date the application (and if applying for our homestay program the homestay application) where designated.
  2. Make sure and check that the name on your application matches that on your passport so that Visa documents are issued correctly.
  3. Make sure the street address in your home country and in the United States (if applicable) are not post office boxes, but actual physical addresses.
  4. Make copies of all documents before submitting your documents.
  5. Submit only materials required for application.  Additional materials (unless they are requested) are not necessary and will not be kept by the Global Programs Office.
  6. Wait for us to process your application.  Processing your application takes approximately 3-4 days if the application is complete.  We will send it back to you or to the educational agent's office via Federal Express or DHL.
  7. Once you receive your 1-20 form, make an appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate near you for a F-1 or J-1 visa appointment.
  8. If the consular official grants your visa request, make flight reservations to enter into the US no earlier than 30 days before the quarter begins.
  9. Let the Global Education Center Staff know if you passed your visa interview and when you will be arriving in Spokane.  We will arrange for you to be picked up at Spokane International Airport. 

Send all applications (including homestay applications) to us using any of the following 3 methods:

By mail:  Global Education Center, Community Colleges of Spokane, 1810 N. Greene Street, Building 15, Room 114, Spokane, WA  99217-5499 USA

By email:  Scan the materials you are sending us and then attach them to an email.  Our email address is:

By fax:  1-509-533-8683

Application Fees

We charge a non-refundable application and processing fee of $100 which must be paid when you submit your application.  This fee will not be required if you decide to change the quarter for which you are applying to another quarter.  If you decide to apply for our homestay program, we charge an additional $200 fee which can be paid at the time of your application to CCS.

  • Personal check, from a US bank account
  • International bank draft
  • Cash (in person only)
  • Money order in US dollars originating from a bank in the United States
  • International money orders in US dollars from a bank or post office
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard) 
Credit Card Payments
  • The credit card number
  • The type of credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
  • The name as it appears on the card
  • The expiration date
  • The amount you are paying
Financial Statement

Applicants to Community Colleges of Spokane must provide a bank statement from a personal bank account or a sponsor's bank account, indicating that either $17,000, or the equivalent amount in a recognized currency, is available to pay for their education in the United States.

A bank statement is a letter on bank letterhead signed by an official of the bank or a statement of accounts showing that the applicant or sponsor has an account at that bank.   The funds do not have to be in US dollars, but it must be a currency which can be converted to US dollars.

A sponsor can be a person or a group of people, organization, company, or a combination of all three.  The sponsor does not have to be a US citizen and can be located in the US or in another country.  F-1 students cannot sponsor other F-1 students.

Deferring an Application

After you have been accepted to Community Colleges of Spokane for a specific quarter (for example, Fall 2013) and need to change the quarter you plan to enroll, you can do that, but please let us know ahead of time and we can defer your enrollment to another quarter (up to 2 quarters).  If you defer enrollment beyond that, you will need to provide new bank documents proving ability to pay for your education while in the United States.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Global Education Center at CCS, and all CCS faculty and staff, encourages applicants with disabilities to apply.  Please let us know if you have a disability so that adequate support can be provided through Disability Support Services either at Spokane Community College campus or at Spokane Falls Community College campus.  All buildings at CCS are wheelchair accessible.

Healthcare and Medical Insurance

All international students at CCS must provide proof of adequate medical insurance coverage.  Students are strongly urged to have medical insurance through LewerMark Plus Injury and Sickness Plan.  However, insurance can also be privately purchased as well.  You can learn more about insurance protection at LewerMark by visiting this website:

Your homestay family or the Global Programs staff will help you should you ever need help with healthcare decisions.


International students who have been accepted to CCS are required to attend orientation which usually happens 1-3 days before the quarter begins.  For more information about orientation, please contact Trina Allen at SCC or Katherine Thompson at SFCC in the Global Education Center.