ESI is proud to have individuals who are transitioning from military service and international students seeking a career in the beauty & spa industry. 

Military Benefits At ESI

The Elaine Sterling Institute is approved for Veterans’ Educational Benefits. If you are a present or former member of the military or a military spouse, we can help you take advantage of the federal educational benefits offered by the G.I. Bill. 

Please email financialaid@elainesterling.com for more information or visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about Military Benefits. 

International Students

ESI is an M-1 Visa school only. To acquire the M-1 status, please follow the required steps:

  1. Fill out our M-1 admissions form and email it to admissions@elainesterling.com along with a copy of your passport
  2. An enrollment agreement and financial aid information will be sent to you while we process your M-1 registration form. This agreement includes paying the required registration fee and tuition.
  3. Tuition is either paid in full before classes start or in two payments. Please email financialaid@elainesterling.com for more information.
  4. Once approved by our Admissions Department, you will receive an I-20 form to your international mailing address (Country of Citizenship). The I-20 form must be approved by the student’s local embassy in your country of citizenship for issuing of the M-1 status visa. 
  5. Once processed, the student must pay the I-901 visa fee BEFORE entering the U.S. The I-901 visa payment is processed here: https://www.fmjfee.com
  6. Important: An M-1 student may arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date listed on their I-20 form and in their SEVIS record. For additional information on SEVIS/I-20 program and session dates, please see this discussion on our website.
Visit Student in the States for more information and resources. 

More To Know

The Form I-20 is an important document that you should keep safe, as you will need it throughout the international student life cycle.

All M-1 students who study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” 

In order to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, all prospective M-1 students will need to provide their:

Name, address, date of birth and email address.

Country of birth and country of citizenship.

School Code as listed on the Form I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”

SEVIS Identification Number as listed on the Form I-20.

M-1 Student Visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. Your type of student visa must match the type of Form I-20 you have (e.g. M-1). You are expected to have the original Form I-20 at your visa interview. 

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