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SEVIS Maintenance Fee for OPT and Academic Training Students

$100 Fee Implemented to Support OPT, STEM OPT, and Academic Training Students

After years of consideration and significant review of peer institution fee structures, the University of South Carolina implemented a SEVIS maintenance fee to ensure the support of F-1 Post-completion OPT, F-1 STEM OPT, and J-1 Post-completion Academic Training students in July 2021. A list of university fees, including the SEVIS maintenance fee, can be found on the Bursar's Office website under the "International Student Fees" section. Details about international student fees can be found here.

As of August 19, 2021, students who apply for Post-completion Optional Practical Training, STEM Extension Optional Practical Training, or Post-completion J-1 Academic Training will be subject to a $100 SEVIS maintenance fee at the time of application. While you are on OPT, STEM OPT, or post-completion Academic Training, you remain in F-1 or J-1 student immigration status. The University of South Carolina continues to maintain your immigration record and to provide you with immigration advising and support services. The $100 SEVIS maintenance fee will offset the expenses of mandatory SEVIS compliance and record management that continue post-graduation.

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