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Graduate School to reimburse fee for newly admitted international students

International students enrolling in a graduate degree program at Princeton University for the first time next fall will be reimbursed for the new $100 SEVIS fee required by the federal government, Dean William B. Russel announced this week.

On Tuesday (Dec. 21), Russel wrote to members of the Graduate School community "to affirm the Graduate School's commitment to admitting and enrolling the best and the brightest, most intellectually capable and promising graduate students from around the world."

The government imposed the new fee, which is in addition to the standard visa application fee, on Sept. 1, 2004 in order to defray the costs of the SEVIS reporting system for international students. Russel said the Graduate School wanted to remove this potential barrier as admitted students decided whether to attend Princeton.

"It is clear to all of us in the Graduate School that the overall educational experience here, not only in the Graduate School but also in the University as a whole,is immensely enriched, academically, socially, and culturally, by the presence of international students," Russel wrote. "As we enter the new year, and a new admissions season, it is particularly important to restate in the strongest terms that we encourage outstanding international students who seek excellent graduate programs to continue to apply to Princeton, and to accept our offers of admission and support."

The reimbursement applies to all new graduate degree candidates who accept Princeton's offer of admission, register in SEVIS for the first time next summer or fall and enroll in a degree program in the fall of 2005. Information on graduate applications can be found on the Graduate School admission Web site.

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