Application Fee

There is NO FEE  to apply to Grossmont College as an international student. Simply submit the application form and send us the necessary documents stated below.




Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
February 1 to June 1 for applicants who are living in their home country.
February 1 to June 15 for students transferring from institutions in the U.S.

Application deadline for Fall 2024 extended to July 15, 2024


Spring Semester
September 1 to October 15 for applicants who are living in their home country
September 1 to November 15 for students transferring from institutions in U.S.


If you have any questions regarding your International Student application, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will make every effort to help you and answer all of your questions.


Upon acceptance to the college, you will be required to attend the International Student Orientation. Visit this page for orientation dates and for more information.


Required Documents


You must submit the documents below to our International Admissions Specialist by the application deadline. Be sure to send us original and legible copies.


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Financial Statement and Sponsor Form

I. Sponsor Certification Form


Submit Sponsor Certification form, signed by your sponsor. This form indicates that the person who signs the form is willing and financially able to support you as an International Student for the duration of your studies at Grossmont College.


II. Financial Support Document


Submit proof of financial support demonstrating that you or your sponsor can meet the minimum estimated tuition and living expenses. 


It is estimated that you will need a minimum of $32,417 per year.


Acceptable documents include but are not limited to (according to

  • Personal, family or relative bank statements

  • Documentation from a sponsor including official bank statement or bank letter from a financial institution

  • Financial aid letters

  • Scholarship letters

  • Letter from an employer showing annual salary

NOTEPlease keep a copy of the sponsor form and financial proof for your record. You must bring these documents when applying for your F-1 visa and upon entering the United States. 

Estimated Annual Expenses for S.Y. 2024 - 2025 (subject to change):
Tuition and fees: $9,692
Living Expenses: $22,725
Total Expenses: $32,417

High School / College Transcript

Submit official diploma or certificate from High School/secondary school and/or transcripts from any college/universities you have attended.


The documents do not need to be translated.

  Proof of English Proficiency  
 *See below for more information.
Copy of Passport ID  
 Submit a copy of the photo ID and expiration date page(s) of your valid passport. 


Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival to the United States.

Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and current I-20

For Transfer Students Only: Submit a copy of your F-1 visa and I-94 print-out.


You may retrieve your number from I-94 Official Website and the I-20 from your current or most recent school.


English Proficiency

Students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:

  •   Official TOEFL score – ETS must send an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score directly to Grossmont College. Our ETS college code is 4334. The minimum score is iBT 45 (internet-based)

There is an on-campus intensive English program available through American Collegiate English (ACE) for those who do not have a score of iBT 45. No TOEFL is required for students transferring from ACE to Grossmont College.



Grossmont College offers an Institutional English Proficiency Assessment. This is a pass / fail assessment. The English proficiency score is good for 1 year and the assessment test can be taken once per application period. 

For more information, test dates, and to register:

Institutional English Assessment Registration Form

Please register early to save your space. Results will available within 5 business days. This is a FREE English assessment, there are no fees associated with this assessment. 

Please call 619-644-7200 or email to schedule.


  • Official IELTS score - Submit official IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) to Grossmont College. The minimum score is 4.5 on the academic module
  • Official Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - minimum score of 39
  • Students whose native language is Japanese ONLY may submit EIKEN test results with a minimum score grade of  "(2A - 75% or higher in 2級)”.
  • Duolingo English Test (online) minimum score of 75
  • Students whose primary language is English do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic reports.
  • Students who are attending the following language schools and have completed the coursework below may submit certificates from the schools:

Language School


American Collegiate English (ACE) at Grossmont

Recommendation from the program

American Language Institute (ALI) at SDSU

Level EAP 105

Connect English San Diego

College Eligibility Test (CET) minimum score of 62

Converse International School of Languages

Level 6 (High Intermediate)

College of English Language (CEL)

Level 4 (Upper Intermediate)

ELS Language Centers

Level 109

Embassy English

Level 5 (Upper Intermediate)

English Language Institute (ELI) at UCSD Extension

Level 107

INX Academy (Internexus)

Intensive Intermediate

Intensive High / Intermediate Advanced

Practical High / Intermediate Advanced

Language Studies International (LSI)

Level 4

Q International School

Mid-Advance or High Advanced level with 3.0 GPA and above

Stafford House International

Upper Intermediate Level 5 of Level B2,
Advanced Level 6 of Level C1,
Proficient Level 7 of Level C2



Tuition, Fees, and Other Expenses

Subject to Change

Payment of the tuition and fees are due upon registration. A payment or installment plan is also available. Students will be instructed on registration procedures and the payment plan option during the mandatory Orientation. 


Watch the video below for instructions on how to pay via Self Service.



Payment can be made in the form of cash, money order, cashiers check, student check (written on a California bank), or Visa or MasterCard credit card.


An F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa and does not establish residency. All F-1 students are required to pay non-resident tuition and other applicable fees.


  • Tuition and Fees: $402 (Non-resident tuition: $356 / Enrollment fee: $46) per unit starting Fall 2024. This amounts to approximately $4,824 per semester.

An F-1 student must have 12 units each semester to be considered a full-time student.

  • College Health Fee: $22 per semester (mandatory)
  • Parking Fee: $40 per semester (not required Fall 2023)
  • Bus/Trolley Pass: $172-194 per semester; $57 a month (optional)
  • Student Benefit Card: $12 per semester (optional)
  • Student Representation Fee: $2 per semester (mandatory)
  • Books and other class materials: $200 - $450 or more per semester

There are classes that are Zero Textbook Costs or Open Education Resource, so there will be low or no cost in textbooks. 

  • Health Insurance: Approximately $500 - 1680 annually depending on the insurance provider and  coverage.