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Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions

FM welcomes 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.

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 as indicated on the FM Tuition and Fees websiteFM offers the Your Future Matters tuition discount award to all international students. As a result, after this award is applied, international students should budget $21,000 annually at this time for all expenses including tuition, fees, and living estimated expenses.

The College fees estimate stated above factors in mandatory health insurance coverage for international students which is added to every international student’s FMCC tuition and fees statement each semester.  The current insurance carrier for FMCC students is ISO International Student Health Insurance.  Information on the plan can be found here:  https://www.isoa.org/Fulton_Montgomery_Community_College

FM is interested in enrolling students from all world regions. FM strives 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 international students receive full financial support from their families and sponsors.  FM offers the Your Future Matters award to all international students.  FM also has some small competitive scholarships.  See FM’s 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.

Vaccination Information

International Students — arriving from international locations:New York State Department of Health has confirmed that if you are fully vaccinated with one of the World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines, you do not have to receive another vaccine: As of 11/30/2021 those 8 vaccines are:

  • AstraZeneca-Oxford (AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech  (COVAXIN)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Ad26.COV2.S
  • Moderna MRNA-1273
  • Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2
  • Serum Institure of India Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

If you have any questions, please contact the International Student Office at intl@fmcc.suny.eduFully Vaccinated International Students:You are considered fully vaccinated if you have the following:

  1. received all required doses of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot.  Please email a copy of your vaccination proof before your arrival to intl@fmcc.suny.edu.
  2. have provided proof of immunity (typically 2 shots of the MMR Vaccine) for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and have a Meningococcal Form on File with the college.  For more information about these requirements – please see the following page: (https://www.fmcc.edu/academics/registrars-office/immunization-requirements-for-students/).

For more information on international travel rules please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html

Additional Resources

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