It is often believed that studying in America will cost an arm and a leg. As international students, very few scholarships can be applied and under most circumstances, F1 students are not allowed to work. For the most part, this is true. Day 1 CPT programs provide an alternative. Although most of the day 1 CPT programs do not hold high positions in QR ranking, they are way more practical than some of the elite programs. They allow international students to work while studying. They also offer special scholarships for international students. In addition, you will also be able to build a professional network while still studying at school. This could be beneficial for career development in the future.
How to find paid jobs as an F1 student?
1. Enroll in one of the accredited day 1 CPT Universities
Don’t know which day 1 CPT university and which day 1 CPT program fits you the best?
2. Look for an employer that accepts CPT work authorization
We made an employer checklist for day 1 CPT students.
We also update hiring news from time to time. For example, if you work for the tech sector, you may find this article regarding ICC that accepts day 1 CPT, CPT, and H1B transfers interesting.
Pro Tip: if you started working at a company by using OPT but failed to get an H1B after your OPT is used up, switching to day 1 CPT usually is not a problem. Most companies that accept OPT will also accept day 1 CPT as a type of work authorization for their existing employees.
3. Enroll in a day 1 CPT course and get CPT i-20
You will need to enroll in a CPT course which usually takes about 1-3 study credits. After that, you can hand in your CPT request to your day 1 CPT university. You’ll need to prepare a CPT agreement and offer from your employer along with other ID documents. Each day 1 CPT university has different requirements but the aforementioned documents usually are essential.
If you are already a day 1 CPT student, you are welcome to contact our consultants for help through your CPT application. We work with many day 1 CPT universities to provide before and after enrollment services to day 1 CPT students.
4. Start working and Get Paid
Once you receive your CPT i-20, you can work legally in the USA
Remember to fulfill all CPT requirements posted by your day 1 CPT university, such as maintaining a 3.0 GPA, attending on-site lectures as required, renewing your CPT i-20 periodically, etc.
How to get a Day 1 CPT scholarship
1. Enroll in one of the day 1 CPT universities
There are many Day 1 CPT universities out there. We recommend you choose the accredited ones. Otherwise, you may face problems later during RFE. You can read our article: risks of using Day 1 CPT to find out more.
2. Check with the university you choose to see if they have scholarships
For international students, these are the usual type of scholarships you might be able to get:
a. The Distinguished scholarship is for students with a GPA of 3.5 or above
b. Diversity Scholarship for international students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
c. Scholarship for students with financial hardship and a GPA of 3.0 or above
3. Many Educational Institutions also offer scholarships for international students to help them cope with the stresses of studying overseas, such as us – day1cpt.org
Scholarships we currently offer to all international students who enrolled in the following day 1 CPT universities through us:
Westcliff University - $1000
Monroe College - $600
Trine University - $600
Harrisburg University - $600
If you need financial aid, please contact our experts. They will guide you through the application process and grant you the scholarship.
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