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Marriage Information

Moving out of single housing into Temple View Apartments: To qualify to live in TVA you must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. Contact housing and get your names on the waiting list as soon as you set a date for the wedding. The wedding date is the key to priority once the couple has paid the $50 non-refundable fee. When a space comes open the couple pays a $300 deposit fee which confirms the apartment. If one spouse is already in school the priority is higher.

Students sign contracts for housing and are expected to honor that contract and plan their marriage date accordingly as there are often financial penalties for breaking a contract.

There is no meal plan for student living in married student housing.

Depending on who you are marrying one of the following sections may apply to your circumstance:
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    Marrying an International Non-Student
    Here are common expenses when you marry an international non-student:

    $60 Marriage License Fee (approximate amount)

    $50* Temple View Apartments (TVA) housing non-refundable fee

    $300 Refundable Security deposit for TVA

    $500 International fees - spouse

    $200 fee for visa with other costs in travel, lodging, food, etc (approximate amount)

    $700-$1,000 for an airline ticket to bring a spouse to Hawaii if the spouse is not here.

    $500* Student Medical Benefit for the spouse

    $6,000 Non-student spouse

    $400 Non Student work permit (EAD card)

    Student Medical Benefits


    As long as you are a full-time student, the medical benefit is covered by the school. Your spouse’s medical benefit will be $500 a semester. Any children would be included in the $500 cost.

    USA Government Requirement


    $6,000 Prior to your Non-student spouse’s arrival in Hawaii, there must be $10,000 deposited into your BYUH student account demonstrating your spouse has sufficient funds to live here. This fund can be dipped into from time to time to meet family needs if the spouse does not have a work permit. Your spouse cannot be applying for a work permit prior to arriving in the United States. In order to get a work permit, your spouse must go to the International Student Services office on campus and complete an application for an EAD card. This process costs $380 and takes up to three months.

    Pregnancies


    Admitted applicants who are pregnant prior to coming will be moved to the next semester so their babies can be born in their own country. Once your spouse is on Student Medical Benefits, pregnancies are covered. The families’ estimated cost to deliver a baby is between $3,080 and $4,380. Married couples often set up a medical saving plan for emergencies and pregnancies. To set up a medical saving plan, contact Laurie Abregano at the Health Center (808) 675-3487 or send her an email at laurie.abregano@byuh.edu .

    Internship


    Since an internship does not qualify for the Student Medical Benefit (SMB), you must pay your family SMB of $205 per month if you accept an internship in Hawaii or on the mainland. If you accept an internship outside of the United States, no coverage is required.

    Going Home


    You have committed to return home to your country to serve the Lord and build up Zion as well as strengthen your country. Each year you are home a quarter of your I-WORK Loan will be forgiven. After four years your full loan is forgiven.

    If you and your spouse are from different IWork approved countries you may choose in which country you want to live to keep your commitment to return home. If you choose to live in the United States or another country not qualified for I-WORK funds instead of returning home, you will begin paying monthly on your I-WORK loan within six months of graduation or appeal for a different time frame to begin payments. Payments are vital in bringing other I-WORK students from the Pacific Rim to receive an education. You will be given instructions at your exit meeting.

    *Minimum cost for a married couple (one non-student) with no children: $10,380**

    **These estimates are based on minimum airfare, no lodging or meals, and minimum family contribution
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    Marrying an International Student
    Here are common expenses when you marry an international student at BYU–Hawaii:

    $60 Marriage License in Hawaii

    $50* Temple View Apartments (TVA) housing non-refundable fee*

    $300 Security fee for TVA

    $500* Student Medical Benefit: As long as you are both full-time students, the school covers the cost of the benefit. If there is a child or one spouse who doesn’t carry at least 12 credits, the medical benefit is an additional $500 a semester.

    Pregnancies


    The estimated cost to deliver a baby is between $3,080 and $4,380. Married couples often set up a medical saving plan for emergencies and pregnancies. To set up a medical saving plan, contact Laurie Abregano at the Health Center (808) 675-3487 or send her an email at laurie.abregano@byuh.edu . Upon the birth of the baby, the SMB is $500.

    Internship


    Since an internship does not qualify for the Student Medical Benefits (SMB), you must pay your own SMB. Going on your spouse’s insurance for $500 a semester is less expensive than paying $205 per month to cover both of you for internships in Hawaii and on the mainland. If you accept an internship outside of the United States, no coverage is required.

    Going Home


    If you and your spouse are from the same country you have committed to return home to your country to serve the Lord and build up Zion as well as strengthen your country. Each year you are home a quarter of your IWORK loan will be forgiven. After four years your full loan is forgiven.

    If you are from different countries you may choose in which country you want to live to keep your commitment to return home.

    If you and your spouse are from the same country you have committed to return home to your country to serve the Lord and build up Zion as well as strengthen your country. Each year you are home a quarter of your IWORK Loan will be forgiven. After four years your full loan is forgiven.

    If you choose to live in the United States or another country not qualified for IWORK funds instead of returning home, you will begin paying monthly on your IWORK loan within six months of graduation or appeal for a different time frame to begin payments. Payments are vital in bringing other IWORK students from the Pacific Rim to receive an education. Also, repayment is vital to your honor.

    *Minimum cost for a married couple (both students) with no children: $4000** without PAEF*** grant

    **These estimates are based on minimum airfare, no lodging or meals, and minimum family contribution
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    Marrying an American Citizen
    Here are common expenses when you marry an American Citizen:

    $60 Marriage License in Hawaii

    $50 Temple View Apartments (TVA) housing non-refundable fee*

    $300 Security fee for TVA

    $500 Student Medical Benefits for spouse

    $1,320 Spouse's half of the rent

    Student Medical Benefit


    As long as you and spouse are full-time students, your Student Medical Benefit (SMB) is paid by BYUH.

    Internship


    Since an internship does not qualify for the SMB, married students must pay their own coverage. The American citizen may have insurance coverage and can add you to that policy. If not the cost of married SMB is $500 per semester. If students return to their own countries for internships, no coverage is required.

    Pregnancies Admitted



    Applicants who are pregnant prior to coming will be moved to the next semester so their babies can be born in her own country. Once the student is on Student Medical Benefits, pregnancies are covered. The families’ estimated cost to deliver a baby is between $3,080 and $4,380. Setting up a medical saving plan for emergencies and pregnancies is wise.

    Continuation About the IWORK Program After Marriage


    Each IWORK student is given up to six months on the IWORK program after marriage. Following the marriage, your family contribution and your IWORK payback will be waived up to $3000. If your payback and your family contributions are less than $3000, any remaining money will be used towards the spouse’s TVA rent.

    At this time you will need to make a decision about your promise to return home. If you are serious about going home to fulfill your return-ability promise, you and your spouse will to go to the I-WORK office and sign re-commitment agreements. In some situations, you may petition to remain on the IWORK program longer than the six months.

    If your decision is to follow a career in the States, you will need to take immediate steps to get a green card so you can qualify for school grants and loans through the government. Prior to getting married, check with International Student Services to learn if you need a waiver from your country and if so, you can begin that process. Within the first month of marriage, you and your spouse need to meet with the International Students Services (ISS) Office to begin the process of getting a green card. You need your marriage certificate in order to apply and it takes about two weeks to arrive in the mail. Be sure you provide a mailing address that is correct so you will receive your marriage certificate as quickly as possible. Once your application is in process, International Student Services will alert the IWORK office. Contingent on whether you filed within the first 30 days of your marriage, you may appeal to remain on the IWORK program pending the granting of your green card.

    Getting a Green Card


    Cost ranges between $1700 and $1800. International Student Services can help facilitate the process.

    Getting Citizenship


    After getting your green card, there is a 3-year waiting period to apply for your citizenship.

    Getting Student Loans


    After getting your green card, you can apply for federal grants and scholarships like the Pell grant and the Stafford Loans.

    Travel Restriction


    The usual IWORK student travel restriction can be lifted for students who apply for a travel permit through the ISS office.

    Loan Repayment


    If you choose to live in the United States or another country not qualified for IWORK funds instead of returning home, you will begin paying monthly on your IWORK loan within six months of graduation or appeal for a different time frame to begin payments. Payments are vital in bringing other IWORK students from the Pacific Rim to receive an education.