Impact of Seavus at Oklahoma colleges

Tuesday, December 2nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A system designed to weed-out terrorists could cost some Oklahoma college students big money. It's called Seavus.

It stores information about foreign exchange students at every college in the country. The INS created the system in the mid 90's after the first World Trade Center bombing.

Universities have to alert INS immediately if a student drops out, or doesn't comply with an issued visa. The government wants international students to foot the bill for the program. But some people, like OSU Immigration Coordinator Regina Henry, say that's not fair. "Because the US is the ones who need to have the system so why aren't we as part of homeland security, why aren't we, why aren't they taking up the bill?"

International students could have to pay a $100 fee starting in spring. At OSU, it means more than 2,000 students will have to generate $32-million.