Financial Documentation

International Student Services requires current, valid financial documentation for the issuance of new, extended or dependent I-20’s & DS-2019’s. 

Acceptable Financial Documentation

We will accept the following as financial proof:

  • Bank statements 
    • Receipts from automatic teller machines are not acceptable. 
    • The statement must include the name of the account holder and current available balance. 
  • Proof of Tuition Scholarship / Assistantship
    • A letter confirming the details of your appointment, including the dates of your appointment, the total stipend amount, and whether or not you also receive a tuition scholarship and/or health insurance coverage is required. 
  • Loan Letters or Line of Credit Letters 
  • Letters from bank officials written in English on bank letterhead verifying the name of the account holder and the current balance. 

We will NOT accept the following as financial proof:

  • Stock Market Statements
  • Valuation Statements (Jewelry, Gold, and/or Property)
  • Employer Letters and/or Salary Statements
  • Credit Card Statements

Financial Document Requirements

  • We accept clear photocopies or scans. 
  • Documents must be less than one year old at the time of the request. 
  • If any of the documents do not include the US Dollar conversion, please use to convert the total balance to USD. 
    • Attach a screen shot of the conversion with your application.
  • If the documentation provided is not in your own name, it must be accompanied by a signed letter from the bank account holder or sponsor verifying that the documented funds are available for your studies at the University at Buffalo.
    • A template letter is available below.

Sample Sponsor Letter

Below is sample language to be used if the financial documentation submitted is not in your own name.

The letter must be signed by the sponsor and must include the actual signature (not typed) of the person providing support. The letter must be clear; scanned copies are acceptable. ISS does not need the original letter mailed to the office.

Sample Sponsor Letter


I, NAME OF SPONSOR, agree to financially support NAME OF STUDENT, for his/her/their tuition, fees and living expenses incurred while a student at the University at Buffalo. Attached please find my financial documents indicating the amount of funding available to NAME OF STUDENT.

If additional information is needed, please do not hesitate to contact me.





Include sponsor’s home address

Include sponsor’s phone number