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International Student Status Compliance


International students holding the F-1 and J-1 visa status are charged the International Student Status Compliance each semester of course registration. The International Student Status Compliance is $50 per semester (fall, spring and summer), and F-1/J-1 student will see this charge on the fee bills at initial registration or during the second billing cycle of the semester. The timing of the charge does not indicate a problem with a student’s non-immigrant status.

Note: The International Student Status Compliance has the LSU fee bill label: IS ISSC Intl Status Compliance and is $50 per semester regardless of the number of credit hours enrolled. (There is no International Student Status Compliance for intersession or degree-only enrollments.)

The mandatory International Student Status Compliance is included in the estimated expenses as well as on the Certificate of Eligibility.

The revenue from the International Student Status Compliance maintains the University’s compliance with U.S. government requirements for hosting and servicing international students. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which electronically monitors the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database. It is imperative that LSU have the ability to efficiently and effectively populate and maintain the data in the SEVIS system in order to facilitate the security clearances and provide necessary services for international students, researchers and graduate assistants at LSU.

For additional information or questions about this charge, contact


Graduate School

Applicants who hope to earn a master’s or doctoral degree from Louisiana State University should apply for graduate studies. Staff members with LSU’s Graduate School receive and review all transcripts and test scores to determine academic admissibility to the University for graduate applicants. To view the admission requirements, visit the Graduate School’s website and look under the “Prospective Students” section. You also can access the online application at the Graduate School’s website. If you have any questions regarding the graduate application or admission requirements, please contact the Graduate School at

In addition to the Graduate School’s admission requirements, individual academic departments may have additional requirements that you must meet to gain acceptance to the academic department. You should refer to the graduate programs offered for those additional requirements.

Please be aware that when you apply for academic admission to LSU at the graduate level, your application undergoes a two-fold process. You must be: 1. accepted by an academic department and 2. officially admitted to the University by the Graduate School.

Note: International Service cannot begin processing a Certificate of Eligibility until after an applicant has been officially admitted to the University by the Graduate School.

Exchange Program

If LSU is a partner university of the university at which you pursue your degree, you may be able to participate in a semester- or yearlong-exchange program. If you are interested in such a program, please contact the study abroad office at your university.

Also, LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad (APA) website can provide you with more information about International Exchange. If you have any questions, please contact APA at

LSU Online

LSU offers a number of fully online programs, allowing you to work toward earning an LSU degree from wherever you may be in the world. To learn more about the online programs that are currently being offered, visit LSU Online.

Note: LSU online degree programs do not allow for F-1 or J-1 sponsorship.