1. Go to the SEVIS payment web site and enter your name (as it appears on your I-20), SEVIS number (on the top right corner of your I-20 or DS-2019 - it is a 10 digit number beginning with the letter "N"), and birth day in mm/dd/yyyy format (month/day/year).
2. Complete the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information. American University codes are:
i. For I-20s - the school code is #2 on the I-20.
ii. For DS-2019s - the program number is #2 on the DS-2019.
3. Print a copy of the online receipt. Do not exit the receipt page until you have successfully printed the receipt. You will not be able to return to the receipt page.
4. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigration documents.
In case of visa application denials:
If the F-1 or J-1 visa application is denied, the SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.