After getting your admit letter
Confirm acceptance by sending in the letter of intent to accept your admission offer. Email graduate secretary or admissions representative of your department about any scores / documents to be submitted and follow up getting your I-20s
Apply for a date for the visa interview as soon as possible. Plan accordingly, as you will need your I-20 on the date of the visa interview.Apply for bank loan (if necessary) Enquire from the bank (Canara Bank, SBI, Indian Bank) by May end & apply by June. The red tape takes a month for loan approval. No security required for loans less than 1 lakh. (This might have changed or the amount without security can vary among banks. Check this out). You might need to take an LIC policy for the loan amount. Also banks usually give only 75% of what at u apply for. You need bills/invoices to claim a refund from the bank. Travel agents can give invoices for the amount you ask for. Enquire while booking.
Make your passport valid for 6 months more than your stay indicated in your I-20.Contact MILAAP members (contact us) for specific queries.