FAQs - Academic Services
I'm interested in taking classes that focus on Asia? What types of Asia-related courses does Portland State University offer?
What if I missed an Institute for Asian Studies event? Can I still get information on it or see a recording of it?
My organization would like to invite an Asian-expert lecture to give a talk. Do you have a speakers bureau ?
My grandmother (aunt, etc.) gets Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare benefits for me because I am a ward of the court?
En la FAFSA, voy a dar la informacion financiera de mi madre y de mi padrastro. ¿Debo escribir el numero de Seguro Social y apellido de mi padre, o los de mi padrastro?
I am a single parent with one child and will get free day care for my child (from a relative or free day care center) while I go to college. Does this free income have to be reported on the FAFSA?
¿Qui se debe hacer si el padre o la madre con quien el alumno reside ha vuelto a casarse, y el padrastro o madrastra se niega a dar la informacisn solicitada?
I have a child who will be living with me and my income will be from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Do I answer "yes" to Question #51? Are TANF or welfare benefits considered to be like earned income?
I am a ward of the court but graduated from high school and then went to live with my mother for two months. Did I lose my independent status?
Hace cuatro meses que mis padres estan separados, y ahora vivo con mi madre. Sin embargo, mis padres presentaron declaración de impuesto conjunta, en la que me indicaron como extención. ¿Declaro en la FAFSA los ingresos de los dos o sólo los de mi madre?
My parents have passed away and my grandparents are my court appointed, legal guardians. They have provided support for me all my life. How do I complete the FAFSA?
Soy estudiante y estoy separado de mi csnyuge. Sin embargo, presentamos declaracisn de impuesto conjunta. ?De qui manera se declara la informacisn en la FAFSA?
I turned 18 and graduated, so my court case was closed. Am I no longer and independent because I am no longer a ward of the court? Am I considered dependent or independent?
¿Qui debo hacer yo, como estudiante, si mi familia sufre circunstancias excepcionales que no se tienen en cuenta en la solicitud?
No se quiero obtener prestamos educativos o trabajar durante el aqo académico. ¿Como debo contestar la pregunta sobre mi preferencia por los prestamos o por los puestos de estudio y trabajo?
Si vivo con mis tiós o con mis abuelos, ¿debo declarar los ingresos de ellos en lugar de los de mis padres?
Soy ciudadano de los EE.UU. pero todavía tengo un numero de registro de extranjeros (A-Number). Como indico esta situacisn en la solicitud?
Yo era voluntario en la Guardia Nacional cuando presti servicio activo en las Fuerzas Armadas. ?Se me considera veterano para los efectos de llenar la FAFSA?
Si soy voluntario en la Guardia Nacional y actualmente presto servicio activo en las Fuerzas Armadas ¿se me considera veterano para efectos de llenar la FAFSA?
Voy a presentar declaracisn de impuesto este aqo pero quizas no lo haga hasta abril. ?Csmo debo responder a las preguntas sobre mis finanzas? ?Debo esperar a llenar la FAFSA, hasta que haya presentado mi declaracisn?
My foster parents get Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare benefits for me because I am a ward of the court. Is this my income?
What should I do if my family has special circumstances that aren'tmentioned in the FAFSA application?
I'll be filing a tax return this year but I probably won't get around to it until April. How should I answer the FAFSA questions?
I am a co-admitted student planning to complete my degree at Portland State. How do I know what classes I should be taking?
I am a co-admitted student. Should I get my financial aid from Portland State or the community college?
If I take classes at both Portland State and a community college this term (I'm a co-admitted student), how does Portland State know that I'm a full-time student for financial aid purposes?
Are there any courses a co-admitted student might take at the community college that Portland State financial aid will not cover?
What health services are included for co-admitted students who pay the Portland State Student Health Services Fee?
Are all international students currently studying in the United States required to release their SEVIS records to Portland State?
I am currently studying in the United States on an F-1 student visa and want to transfer to Portland State. Do I need a new I-20?
What is the last date that Portland State can issue my I-20 if I am living outside of the United States?
If an institution I attended offers to send an English translation of my transcript instead of a transcript in the original language, will Portland State consider it an official document for admissions purposes?
What is an affidavit of support? Is it acceptable for my sponsor to write a letter instead of filling out the form?
Should I submit my original transcript or degree certificate to Portland State with my admission application? Will I get the original back?
Can I get my only original transcript or degree certificate back after being admitted to Portland State?
I plan to transfer away from Portland State in less than one year. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources for the entire school year?
I took the TOEFL or IELTS exam more than two years ago. Do I need to take it again before applying for admission to Portland State University?
What is the difference between a transcript and a degree certificate? How do I know which to submit with my application for admission to Portland State?
I don't think my living expenses will be as much as Portland State's estimates. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources for the entire amount?
I have completed some college credits but I want to start over as a freshman and won't be transferring any credits. Am I required to submit college transcripts as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
Am I limited to the number of credits reflected in the tuition, fees and estimated living expenses documentation?
I completed a bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the only language of instruction. Am I required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to apply for admission to Portland State University?
I have completed some college credits but I want to start a completely different program of study and won't be transferring any credits. Am I required to submit college transcripts as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
I have a bank letter that indicates that I have maintained an account for a certain number of years, but does not specify my account balance. Will this satisfy the proof of financial resources requirement?
I received a master's or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States. Is that sufficient proof of English proficiency?
Am I required to submit my high school (secondary school) transcript as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
I don't have adequate funds in a bank account to cover one year of tuition and living expenses at Portland State, but I do have other assets. Can these assets be used as proof of financial resources?
I am not an international student, but I am permanent resident (green card holder), a United States citizen, or a refugee/asylee. Am I required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to apply for admission to Portland State University?
Am I required to submit official documents for admission to Portland State in the original language or should they be translated?
My studies at Portland State will be sponsored by my government. What financial documentation should I submit?
I completed an ESL program at another institution. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission to PSU?
I don't have any transcripts to submit with my application for admission to Portland State. What should I do?
I have taken many English classes at another institution and/or have completed English classes or Writing 121 at Portland State University. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission?
Why am I required to submit proof of financial resources as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements for international applicants to Portland State University?
I completed an ESL program at Portland State University. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission?
Do all graduate applicants educated outside of the United States have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam?
The institution I attended issues only one original transcript or degree certificate. Should I submit that to Portland State when applying for admission?
I will be living with a relative or host family while studying at Portland State. Am I required to submit a bank statement for the full amount of the estimated living expenses to show proof of financial resources?
Can I study at Portland State University without a TOEFL or IELTS score or with a lower score than the minimum required for admission? Do you offer conditional admission?
I had my official transcript or degree certificate translated by an agency because it is not in English. The agency staff provided me with a sealed envelope containing the translation, which I submitted to Portland State University with my admissions appl
Am I required to submit proof of personal financial resources or can I show the resources of a sponsor instead?
I got a partial refund for a class I dropped, yet I never attended the class. Can I get a full refund?
What amount of financial support do I need to show adequate proof of financial resources when I apply for admission to Portland State?
I live in Oregon but my dad, who claims me on his taxes, lives in California. Am I considered a resident?
If I can't get official transcripts in time to be admitted to Portland State for the next term, can I submit unofficial transcripts?
I'm 18 years old and I'm an independent student who files my own taxes and am not claimed by my parents. Am I considered a resident?
What if I don't meet any of the criteria for not supplying my parents information when I apply for financial aid, but my parents don't support me?
I'm enrolled in a federally recognized tribe of Oregon but haven't lived in Oregon for twelve months. Am I a resident?
I've been living in Oregon for twelve months but am here on a non-immigrant or Student visa. Am I considered a resident?
I've lived here for twelve months but my parents, who live in another state, are supporting me. Am I considered a resident?
The Portland State admission application instructions say that I must submit official transcripts. What is an official transcript?
As an international student, can I take 8 credits at Portland State and 4 credits at another college or university?
How do I know which level to apply for when completing an application for admission to Portland State?
I cannot pay the $50 application fee for admission to Portland State. Can you waive or defer this fee?
I do not intend to study at Portland State with an F-1 or J-1 student visa. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources as part of my application for admission?
If attending a community college is less expensive, and I can take the same lower-division courses as at PSU, why doesn't everyone start at a community college?
I am an international student and I have just received my transfer evaluation report. Why do none of my transfer courses show the grades I received in my classes?
I studied for three years at a university in my country. Can I transfer some of my credits, or do I have to start over at PSU?
In addition to the Portland State admission application form, what other documents are required in a complete admission application package?
In my country students receive only one original transcript or degree certificate. Aren't these original documents considered "official?"