All F-1 nonimmigrant students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  As of October 24, 2008, the SEVIS fee is $200.  After you receive your I-20 from Southwestern, you will be able to pay the I-901 fee.

You can complete the Form I-901 or send a paper version, which you can obtain at More information about the fee and about additional payment options can be found at You cannot pay this fee to Southwestern. The phone number for the I-901 Help Desk is 785.330.1048. If you do not pay this fee, your application will not be processed.