Pre-Arrival FAQs

What is an “Affidavit of Support,” or “Support Letter?”

Financial guarantors must clearly state in their own words the length and duration of the sponsorship.

The commitment on the support letter should have specific language. For example, a support letter written by a parent which states, “I will cover all of my son’s expenses for five years” is too general, whereas one which states “I will provide my son with $70,000 each year to cover his school-related expenses for up to four years” is more specific and clearly details the sponsorship.

If the student is sponsored by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, financial guarantee documents must be accompanied by an I-134 (Affidavit of Support).

Helpful Links: 

https://global.psu.edu/sites/default/files/Certification%20of%20Financial%20Support%20form.pdf

https://global.psu.edu/sites/default/files/Certification%20of%20Financial%20Support%20form.docx

https://www.uscis.gov/i-134