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Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome your questions! Feel free to send them to the International Student Office at FM intl@fmcc.suny.edu In addition, for your information, here are some common questions and answers to help you learn more about FM.


Q: What are the admissions criteria?
A: For admission to most degree programs, students must have completed secondary school, or have the equivalent qualification (students may apply while in their last year of high school). No minimum GPA is required.

The General Education Certificate program is available for students without a secondary school diploma or GED. Our competitive programs include Nursing and Radiologic Technology and they require a separate application process. Contact intl@fmcc.suny.edu if you need further information.

There is NO application fee. The online application is found at www.fmcc.edu More detailed information can be found here. The process is easy and quick as confirmed by this Chinese student’s experience

Visa Requirements

Q: What are the visa requirements for international students?
A: If you are admitted to FM and wish to enroll, you will need to apply for a student visa to attend college in the U.S., the  visa application process includes submitting financial statements showing that you have funding to study in the U.S. Prepare yourself and know that the appointments can vary.

U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on the F-1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, students must register for a minimum of 12 college credits (or a minimum of 4 ESL classes) each fall or spring semester.

Costs, Tuition, and Funding

Q: What is the cost of attendance now, and what will it be next year?
A: Current student tuition and fee charges can be found on the FM Tuition and Fees website The charts include tuition and fees for both in-state and out-of-state students, room and board, books and supplies, etc. International students pay out-of-state tuition and fees. We cannot predict what future costs will be, since that is determined yearly and depends on a number of factors, including state support and operating budgets. However, costs normally are in the same general range from year to year. Beginning Fall 2020, we are pleased to be able to offer a $5,000 per academic year scholarship to all international students. As a result, after this scholarship is applied, international students should budget $18,000 annually at this time for all expenses including tuition, fees, and living estimated expenses.

The College fees include REQUIRED health insurance coverage for international students. The current insurance carrier for SUNY students is Haylor https://www.haylor.com/college-students/ 

FM is interested in enrolling students from all world regions. We strive to keep costs as low as possible and when comparing costs, students who attend our campus and then transfer can save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs.  Most of our international students receive full financial support from their families and sponsors. We are pleased to offer a $5,000 per academic year scholarship to all international students. We also have some small competitive scholarships. See our scholarship page for more information https://www.fmcc.edu/admissions/international-students/international-scholarships/  There are no full scholarships available for any international student.

Students may work up to 20 hours per week during regular school terms and full-time during school breaks such as summer vacation. However, as FM is a small campus, opportunities are competitive and cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival.

Campus Life

Q: What clubs are there?
A: FM has many student organizations and associations based on academic, athletic, ethnic, religious, political, and cultural interests. For a list of current organizations, please go to our Student Life website.

FM also offers a wide variety of athletic opportunities to students. Check out our athletics page for more information.

Additional Resources

Study in the States, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Web Site