International Student Services

Division of Student Life

International Student Certification of Finances

As an international student, you will be required to attend Reed on an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

In order for Reed to provide you with the documents you need to obtain a student visa, you must complete an International Student Certification of Finances form and include supporting documentation.

This form is required for students who plan to attend Reed College in F-1 or J-1 status. In compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, Reed College can only issue an I-20 or DS-2019 eligibility form once an admitted student has demonstrated proof of financial support for anticipated educational and living expenses incurred during study in the United States. All students who plan to attend Reed College in F-1 or J-1 status are required to complete and return this form along with supporting documents before an I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued.

As you complete the form, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have the funds readily available for one year of Reed’s tuition and fees.

Submit a complete International Student Certification of Finances form through the Reed College International Student Services secure document submission portal.

This form is required for all international students, whether you will receive financial aid or not. Failure to submit this form in a timely manner could result in delays in receiving your visa documents. Please direct any questions about the Certification of Finances to the International Student Services office at

FAQ: International Student Certification of Finances

How should I complete the form if I am on Financial Aid?

Once you receive and accept your financial aid award, you will only be expected to show the remaining funds you and your family are expected to contribute. Take the total annual amount of Reed’s tuition and fees and subtract your Reed grants, loans, and on-campus employment work award. We will include your Reed financial aid and work awards on your I-20 or DS-2019.

What supporting documentation should I include?

Documentation could include a copy of bank statements, a letter of verification from the bank, bank letterhead, an official letter of support from a sponsor, or confirmation of a scholarship.