Sponsored Students

Our Sponsored Programs team is here to assist international students who are sponsored by their home country governments and other agencies. As a sponsored student, we will serve as your point of contact here at the University of Arizona with regards to your sponsorship. We offer a number of services to sponsored students and their sponsors to facilitate your course of study while at the University of Arizona, and we strive to enhance the relationships between our students, their sponsors and the university.

Advising Hours

Beginning August 15

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As a sponsored student, you have a designated advisor in International Student Services (ISS) who is your primary contact for immigration advising on F-1 and J-1 regulations, matters relating to your Sponsorship, including pre-arrival information, monitoring status of financial guarantees, referral to academic support and other special issues.
You should consult with your university academic advisor regarding issues related to (but not limited to) your academic program of study, program requirements and procedures, academic progress, and assistance in accessing university resources.
Enrollment & Registration Considerations
Maintain Full-Time Status
Make sure that you are fully registered and meeting the immigration requirements. Your Sponsor, however, may require that you enroll for MORE than the minimum number of hours required under immigration regulations. Concurrent enrollment at Pima Community College for undergraduate students requires Sponsor approval.
Online Courses
Most Sponsors do not allow and will not pay for courses that are taught online. Additionally, immigration requirements limit the number of online courses a student may take during a semester. Check with ISS before enrolling in online courses.
Summer & Winter Sessions
Sponsor payment for Summer Session (May-August) classes and Winter Session (December-January) classes varies depending on your sponsoring agency, so be sure to discuss your eligibility to enroll in Winter and/or Summer courses with ISS well in advance of the beginning of these sessions. A valid financial guarantee must be on file to bill your Sponsor for classes taken during these sessions.


International Student Services (ISS) provides 3rd-party deferred billing services for sponsored students and will invoice your Sponsor directly for your tuition, mandatory fees and other expenses in accordance with the terms of your sponsor’s letter of financial guarantee.
In order for ISS to invoice your Sponsor, the following must be on file with ISS:
  • A current Letter of Financial Guarantee from your Sponsor which details tuition, mandatory fees and any other charges your Sponsor has agreed to pay on your behalf
  • A current Release of Information Form which enables ISS to provide billing and other services to your Sponsor
Your UA Bursar Account (Student Account). As a UA student, you are ultimately responsible for charges to your UA Bursar account. Your Sponsor does not get billed for all charges to your Bursar account, so please remember to monitor your account regularly via UAccess, and to pay on time amounts due that are your personal responsibility.
For any questions or concerns about charges on your Bursar account, especially charges which you think should have been invoiced to your Sponsor, please contact the ISS Sponsored Programs Coordinator via email at intlsp@email.arizona.edu or by telephone at 520-626-8182.


Forms, E-forms, Requests

Release of Information

A current version of this form must be on file in order for ISS to provide billing and other services to your Sponsor. If you have received a notice from ISS to update this form, please complete, date, print and sign a copy of this form and return it to the ISS office in person or upload it directly in UA International using this "Upload Documents" link.

Upload Documents To upload copies of your letter of financial guarantee from your sponsor, your signed Release of Information form, or any other sponsor-related document you would like us to review, click here.
For SACM students only

"No Major Selected" and "Pre-" Majors: If you are new student in Engineering, Architecture or Business sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission (SACM), click here to submit a request for ISS to prepare for you a letter to SACM which explains the meaning of "Engineering, No Major Selected," "Pre-Architecture," or "Pre-Business" and confirms your intended major.

Concurrent Enrollment: If you are a SACM-sponsored student and already have been approved to take a class at Pima Community College, click here to submit a request for a letter to SACM confirming your authorization for Concurrent Enrollment and explaining your need to take a class at Pima.

Online/Hybrid Courses: If you are a SACM-sponsored seeking approval from SACM to take an Online or Hybrid course at UA, click here to submit a request for ISS to prepare a letter of support to SACM.

For Kuwait students only (Kuwait Cultural Office)

Kuwait Cultural Office Verification of Enrollment. To submit your completed Verification of Enrollment to be verified by ISS, click here .

Other ISS Forms If you are looking for other ISS Forms not specific only to sponsored students, click here.



Joanne Lagasse-Long
Sponsored Student Advisor
International Student Services
Marie Willard
Sponsored Student Advisor
Associate Director
International Student Services
Tom Stitt
Sponsored Student Billing
Program Coordinator, Sponsored Programs
International Student Services

Information for Sponsors

The UA’s Sponsored Student Program is privileged to partner with more than 40 sponsoring agencies supporting more than 450 sponsored students annually. Our sponsored students represent more than 30 countries and pursue courses of study in a variety of disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

For information about Sponsored Student programs and services at the University of Arizona, please contact Marie Willard, Associate Director, at mott@email.arizona.edu.