All students at our college are eligible to apply for scholarships. The U.S. immigration requires that all international students have sufficient funds for one full year of study before they will grant a student visa. Therefore international students must provide Chemeketa proof of funding for one full year before they can be accepted. A scholarship from Chemeketa or other source can be part of that proof. All of our scholarships are very competitive though, so we cannot guarantee that you will be awarded one if you apply. In addition, the award amounts of each scholarship range from USD $200-2,000 per year. This amount is not sufficient to cover a full year of expenses for international study at Chemeketa. Therefore, it is our recommendation that you should apply to Chemeketa Community College with the understanding that you will be personally responsible for obtaining funds for your first full year of study. For more information about our scholarships, you can visit the Chemeketa Foundation.
At Chemeketa there are limited employment opportunities available each year to students. Each year several international students are hired to work on campus, particularly in the Student Life Office. Still, due to the high volume of applicants and limited number of positions available, we cannot guarantee that everyone who wishes to work will be able to gain employment. You should not include the prospect of student employment as part of your overall budget for your first year of study.
According to immigration regulations, international students in full-time attendance at Chemeketa Community College may accept on-campus employment. Approval for on campus employment is given to students on a case-by-case basis. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while enrolled and attending classes. Between terms they may work up to 40 hours a week. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid work-study jobs. Continued employment is based on student status of 12 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA. Academic status is reviewed by the Designated School Official (DSO) each term.