If you are issued a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a new SEVIS number, you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. You do not have to pay the fee for change of level, transfer, extension, or other updates to your program of study. F-2 and J-2 status holders do not have to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
For complete details and to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee visit the Student Exchange and Visitor Program website.
After paying, print a copy of your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt and keep it with your I-20.