Financial resources

Any applicant who is recommended for admission and expects to hold an F1 (student) or J1 (exchange visitor) visa should submit the Financial Resource Certification (FRC) form.

When to submit the FRC

The FRC and supporting documents are necessary only after you are recommended for admission and only if you must provide some or all of the required amount of funding.

If you are being offered a University of Nebraska assistantship sufficient to cover the costs outlined on the FRC, you do not need to submit the FRC.

Why this is necessary

For your visa interview and to enter the United States, you need a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

SEVIS allows the university to create your I-20 or DS-2019 only after we confirm with documentation that you will have sufficient funds available for the first nine-month academic year.


The FRC lists estimated costs of attendance and living expenses, as well as optional costs such as summer tuition and supporting a spouse or dependent. Additional information on costs is available on our tuition and fees page and from Student Accounts.

Typical sources

Funding for graduate study typically comes from one or more of the following sources:
  • graduate assistantship
  • scholarship from a university or government agency in the student's home country
  • personal or family sources