AIMS Education is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. International students who are accepted into one of our programs may be eligible to apply for an M-1 student visa. The admission requirements listed below apply only to international applicants. We recommend that you complete the application process well in advance of your preferred program start date to allow time for processing.
Deadlines for Application
The start dates for each program are listed on the individual program pages. Applications must be received at least three months prior to the start of the program. We will not process any applications that are received after the deadline. Please contact the Admissions Department for further details.
International Academic Programs
The programs listed below are the only programs open to international students seeking a student visa.
The minimum admission requirements for international students include a college degree that is equivalent to 90 college credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA (or the equivalent). Applicants who do not have a 3.0 GPA or higher are required to take the Wonderlic entrance exam (only available on campus). Applicants who do not have a 3.0 GPA and are unable to obtain the minimum required score on the Wonderlic exam may not be eligible for admission. All non-native English speakers are required to have their official TOEFL or IELTS score reports (or equivalent) submitted directly to AIMS Education.
All international applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to show proof of English language proficiency. Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score report. The score report must be submitted directly to AIMS from the testing agency. TOEFL and IELTS score reports are only valid for 5 years after the test date. The minimum required scores are as follows:
TOEFL iBT – 79
TOEFL pBT – 550
TOEFL cBT – 213
IELTS – 6.0
International students who have completed a 3 credit English Composition course, with a B- or better, from an accredited postsecondary school in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The English class must be 100-level or higher and it must have been completed on the campus of an accredited postsecondary school in the United States. Online courses will not be accepted as a replacement for TOEFL or IELTS. A sealed transcript must be submitted directly to the Admissions Department.
Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the school and/or eligibility for an M-1 student visa. In order to apply for a program, you will need to follow the steps listed below.
A) Submit the following documents via email:
Application for Enrollment (PDF only)
Copy of passport
Copy of college degree
Statement of Purpose (PDF only) explaining your reasons for wanting to attend AIMS, including your future educational and career goals.
Completed physical form with supporting immunization records (Must be in English or include a certified English translation)
Three letters of reference. All letters must be typed, signed, include contact information, and be written in English (only required for DMS, CVT, DCS, MRI, and NDT applicants).
Copy of I-94 (If currently residing in the United States)
Copy of valid visa or proof of legal status (if currently residing in the United States)
Please submit all of the above documents in one email. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the above documents (in the proper format) have been received.
B) Have the following documents submitted via mail:
Official TOEFL or IELTS score report (or equivalent) submitted directly to the Admissions Department by the testing agency.
Official college transcript(s). The transcript(s) must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service. SpanTran is the preferred credential evaluation agency of AIMS Education. Other approved companies include all current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). The evaluation must be in English and include a course analysis, including credits and grades, of the program. The transcript(s) and evaluation should be submitted directly to the Admissions Department from the credential evaluation service.
Enrollment in MRI, DMS, CVT, DCS, or NDT requires an interview. If you are applying from abroad, then you may be permitted to do the interview remotely via Skype or telephone.
After a complete application has been submitted and the interview has been completed (if required), the application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. An official acceptance or rejection letter will be mailed to the address listed on your admission application.
D) Financial Support Documentation
Acceptance into a program at AIMS does not guarantee eligibility for an M-1 visa. In order for AIMS to begin processing the Form I-20, you must show proof that you have the financial resources required to cover all program costs and living expenses for 1 year (current living expenses for 1 year are estimated to be $18,000).
You must submit financial support documentation to demonstrate your ability to pay for school. Financial support documentation includes but is not limited to:
investment account statements
approved educational loans
All financial documents must be dated within 6 months of the start date of the program, include the account holder’s name, be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation, and include the final balance. Bank statements must appear on an official bank letterhead. Any financial documents that have an account holder other than the student must be accompanied by an Affidavit of Support or a sponsorship letter. If you are being sponsored by someone residing in the United States, then Form I-134 must be used.
Financial support documents can be submitted via email (PDF only) to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 908-450-6111.
E) Pay Administrative Fee
A nonrefundable $175 administrative and document handling fee (payable to AIMS Education) must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the Form I-20 can be processed. The administrative fee is payable by certified bank check in U.S. dollars from an international bank.
Processing the I-20
Once you have been accepted into a program, submitted all necessary financial support documentation, and paid the administrative fee, the school’s Designated School Official (DSO) will begin processing your Form I-20. If approved, the I-20 will be mailed to the address listed on your admission application.
After Receiving the I-20
1. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee
Once you have received the Form I-20, you have to pay the $200 SEVIS fee. The SEVIS fee must be paid before applying for a student visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. Please go to www.fmjfee.com to pay the fee. After paying the SEVIS fee, you must print out your receipt. You will need proof of payment when you apply for your visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy and when you travel to the United States.
2. Apply for M-1 Student Visa
You must apply for a student visa at your local U.S. consulate or embassy. Do not schedule a visa appointment until you have received your I-20 and paid the SEVIS fee. Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for detailed instructions on how to apply for an M-1 student visa.
AIMS has no control over the student visa process. Therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Do not make any travel arrangements until you have received your approved visa. Once you have received your M-1 student visa and completed your travel arrangements, you need to prepare for arrival. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website to learn about the arrival procedures for students.
Any documents being submitted via email can be sent to email@example.com. Please use the subject line "International Student Application." All documents being submitted by mail should be sent to the following address:
Attn: Admissions Department - International Students
4500 New Brunswick Avenue, 3rd Floor
Piscataway, NJ 08854
If you have any questions or need further guidance, please contact the Admissions Department at 1-908-222-0002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.