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.

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Beginning January 7, 2019

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As a sponsored student, you have designated advisors in International Student Services (ISS) who are your primary contacts 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.
Sponsored Student Advising

Who you will meet with depends on the nature of your question and your sponsoring agency. Use the table below to determine who you should schedule an appointment with. If you are outside of Tucson and need to schedule a phone appointment, please call the ISS front desk at (520) 621-4627.

Billing questions (regardless of sponsor)
Schedule an appointment with Tom Stitt
Students sponsored by IIE, LASPAU or AMIDEAST
Call (520) 621-4627 to schedule an appointment with Joanne Lagassé-Long

All other sponsored students

Schedule an appointment with Len Tecson

To schedule the next available appointment with Len Tecson, click the button below.

Next Available Sponsored

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 e-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 INTL-billing@email.arizona.edu or by telephone at 520-626-8182.


Forms, E-forms, Requests

Release of Information

*New E-form* The Release of Information form has been converted to a true e-form; no paper or pdfs or uploading required. Your Release of Information e-form is electronically signed and authenticated by submission within UAInternational.

As before, the Release of Information form is valid for one year from the date submitted and signed. A valid Release 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 a copy of this e-form using the link to the left.

Financial Guarantee

Upload your Letter of Financial Guarantee to UA International here.

Special Letter or RequestUse this e-form to submit a request to the Sponsored Programs Team at ISS if you need a letter or document required for your sponsorship. 
Online/Hybrid Course Audit

Submit this e-form if you need written confirmation of all online and/or hybrid courses you have taken at the UA to provide to your sponsor.

"No Major Selected" and "Pre-" Majors"No Major Selected" and "Pre-" Majors: If you are new sponsored student in Engineering, Architecture, Business or Computer Science, click here to submit a request if your Sponsor has requested a letter of explanation of the meaning of "Engineering, No Major Selected," "Pre-Architecture," "Pre-Business" or "Pre-Computer Science" and which confirms your intended major.
For SACM students only

Online/Hybrid Courses: All SACM-sponsored students must complete this e-form attestation regarding online and hybrid courses. This attestation only needs to be submitted once.

However, you must seek approval in advance from SACM to take any Online or Hybrid courses at UA. Click here to submit a request for ISS to prepare a letter of support to SACM for any online/hybrid course for which you are seeking approval.


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



Sylvia Ahanonu

Sponsored Student Billing

Sponsored Programs Coordinator

International Student Services



Hanaa Khalil

Document Processing

Sponsored Document Processor

International Student Services


Joanne Lagasse-Long

Sponsored Student Advisor


International Student Services



Tom Stitt

Sponsored Student Advisor

Program Director, Sponsored Programs

International Student Services



Len Tecson

Sponsored Student Advisor

Sponsored Programs Coordinator

International Student Services



Sponsored Student Guide (Handbook)

This content is currently under development.



Please check the ISS website for the most current advising schedule: global.arizona.edu/sponsored

Sponsored Programs and Contact Information

When in doubt, contact the Sponsored Programs team for help!


Following the rules of both your sponsor and UA

Understanding what your sponsor requires of you!

  • Does your sponsor require you to submit your schedule each term?
  • Are you allowed to enroll in online and/or hybrid courses?
  • Are you allowed to study a second major?
  • Are you allowed to change your major?

Asking if you have any questions about the terms and conditions of your sponsorship

Maintaining 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 for undergraduate students will require sponsor approval.

Being familiar with the Important Dates and Deadlines for each semester

  • If you need to add and/or drop a class, please make sure you visit both registrar.arizona.edu and bursar.arizona.edu for the complete lists of important dates and deadlines for each term.
  • You are responsible for getting any necessary approval from your sponsor before making any changes to your schedule.

Responding promptly when ISS reminds you to update your Financial Guarantee and Release of
Information form

  • ISS will send email reminders when your Financial Guarantee or Release of Information form needs to be updated. It is your responsibility to respond to these requests promptly.
  • If both of these forms are not current, ISS cannot bill your sponsor for your tuition.

Checking your bursar’s account frequently, especially before registration

  • Your Bursar account is your student financial account.
  • You are responsible to check your Bursar account balance regularly, at least once a month.
  • You will also receive monthly statements from the Bursar’s Office. Do not send these to your sponsor.
  • You are responsible to pay for any outstanding balance you owe that is not covered by your sponsor such as parking citations, Campus Health charges, library fines, and late registration fees.

Checking your UA email account frequently

  • Remember that your UA email address is the official email used by all University of Arizona offices to contact you. Check your UA email account regularly. The more you communicate with us, your sponsor, and your Academic Advisor, the more successful you will likely be.

Being aware of holds

  • Holds may be placed on your account to prevent you from registering for courses or from being able to obtain an official transcript. The most common holds are: outstanding balance, academic standing, immigration.
  • Be sure to check your holds in UAccess well in advance of your next priority registration.
  • A “hold” is placed when you are required to do something. It is your responsibility to see a Sponsored Student Advisor if you have questions about a hold on your account.


  • You are responsible for the duration of your lease whether you decide to live on or off campus. Lease agreements vary so make sure that you are familiar with the policies and duration of stay for your specific housing arrangement. Once you sign your lease agreement, whether on or off campus, it is unlikely that you will be able to end your agreement early if you are unsatisfied with your living arrangements. See life.arizona.edu (on campus) or offcampus.arizona.edu (off campus).


The University of Arizona requires ALL international students to purchase UA Student Health Insurance.

Once you are enrolled, you are automatically charged for the UA Student Health insurance.

Depending on your sponsor, you are either automatically exempt, your sponsor is billed the health insurance fee, or you are responsible for paying the health insurance fee out of pocket:

  • You may be exempt from UA Student Health Insurance if your sponsor’s health insurance has been approved by Campus Health, see health.arizona.edu/list-approved-sponsors
    • The Sponsored Programs team takes care of this process for you.
    • The cost of UA Student Health Insurance is waived for students of sponsors on this list.
  • You will need to contact Campus Health Services if you wish to enroll in an installment payment plan for your insurance. For current health insurance costs, see: health.arizona.edu/student-health-insurance.

It is your responsibility to confirm if you are exempt or will need to enroll and/or pay for the UA Student Health Insurance. Please contact ISS if you have questions about who is paying for your UA Student Health Insurance.


What forms do I need to submit?
It is your responsibility to make sure you have on file at the ISS office:

  • A current “Letter of Financial Guarantee” on file prior to the beginning of the semester in order for ISS to bill your Sponsor for tuition, fees and other expenses your sponsor has agreed to pay.
  • A current “Release of Information Form” (updated each year) which enables ISS to provide billing and other services.

Why do I need to sign and submit the Release of Information form?

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. national law that protects the privacy of your student records.
  • The University of Arizona (UA) takes privacy very seriously and does not release information unless there is a legal reason to do so, an emergency situation, or the student has given written consent.
  • In order to communicate with your sponsor about your academic progress or other inquiries, a valid Release of Information must be on file.
  • We cannot bill your sponsor without this form on file.

How is my Sponsor billed for my mandatory tuition and fees each term?

Once ISS has on file a valid Release of Information and Financial Guarantee, ISS will move tuition and fees that your sponsor will pay from your UA Bursar account. (This transaction will show on your Bursar account as “transfer to third party.”)

About one month after the first day of classes, International Student Services (ISS) mails out the most updated student bill to your sponsor.

If you receive tuition fee statements from the Bursar’s office:

  • DO NOT mail them to your Sponsor.
  • Make sure your billing address in UAccess is your local Tucson address; NEVER your Sponsor’s address.

Please make sure you check your Bursar account frequently and contact the Sponsored Programs team if you have any questions.


There are two (2) online systems that you will need to use in order to request documents for your sponsor:

  • UAccess (uaccess.arizona.edu) allows you to register for classes, check your Bursar account, verify holds, and order unofficial and official transcripts. Please log in to the website and check your account regularly.
  • UA International (uainternational.arizona.edu) is our online system for managing international student records. This is where you can submit the majority of immigration and sponsored related requests via e-forms.

How Can I Submit my Financial Guarantee and/or Release of Information form?

  1. Log in to UA International using your UA Net ID and password (uainternational.arizona.edu)
  2. Select the Sponsored Student section
  3. Click the appropriate e-form and upload your document(s) online

How Can I Request a Letter or Form That I Need to Submit to My Sponsor?

  1. Log in to UA International using your UA Net ID and password: uainternational.arizona.edu
  2. Submit the e-form of that best matches your request


Information for Sponsors

The UA’s Sponsored Student Program is privileged to partner with more than 40 sponsoring agencies supporting more than 500 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 the UA Sponsored Student Program at intlsp@email.arizona.edu.