One of the most difficult parts of being an international student in the US is finding the funds to do so. Luckily, there are numerous outlets where international students can look, including home country funding, family funding, scholarships and even loans. However, it’s important to understand that as your time in the US grows, so will your desire to make purchases beyond resident hall decorations, classroom supplies and the occasional night out. International students who plan on studying in the US for a few years often decide to make a larger purchase like a car. Before being able to make this type of purchase you will need to have established credit; Because of this, it’s important to start building credit as soon as possible.
One great way to establish credit is by obtaining a credit card. Having a credit card and making frequent, small purchases then immediately paying off the balance can help build credit as an international student in the US. However, without a social security number or established credit, new international students may find it difficult to open a credit card.
One option that you’ll want to explore is SelfScore. SelfScore was established by former international students, for international students. They offer the only MasterCard designed specifically for international students, which means you do not need a social security number to apply and you can count on them always offering you fair credit.
SelfScore offers two types of MasterCard: The Classic and The Achieve. With both of these cards you can enjoy:
- No Annual Fee
- No Deposit
- No Social Security Number Required
- Fraud Protection
- No Foreign Transaction Fee
- First Late Fee Waived
- Accepted Everywhere MasterCard is Accepted
SelfScore prides themselve on “opening the door of the US financial system for international students.” See if a SelfScore MasterCard can help you establish your credit during your time in the US.
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Do you believe in the value of words? Have you spent time abroad, or have you had to communicate in another language? If you answered “yes”, chances are that you’ve gained a deep appreciation of learning another language – and the value of being able to communicate in someone else’s native language. If that rings true for you, then this award may be for you.
If you are learning English or Spanish, over the age of 13 years old, are a current student, and wouldn’t mind being $1,000 richer, then you won’t want to miss your chance with this competition. Hosted by the infamous SpanishDict.com, they are giving one lucky winner $1,000 to help cover their educational expenses anywhere in the world.
They are looking for a short essay (yes, short! A maximum of 250 words) describing a time when you had to translate from either English to Spanish or alternatively, from Spanish to English, during a conversation or describing an experience.
They want to hear your experience, so be sure to be creative and think back to all your travels and the people you’ve met along the way. Write your best story and be sure to submit before August 31st to make sure you are considered! Learn more and check out this award right online – buena suerta!
Deadline: May 6, 2016
If you are an outstanding high school senior or a current college student studying (or planning on studying) in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia, then you won’t want to miss this scholarship! Designed specifically for international students to help create a better life for themselves and their families, this one lucky award recipient will receive $1,000.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
- Enrolled or accepted as an international student in a US school in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia
- Your school must be a 2 or 4-year college
- Fully complete the application submitted by May 6th
Your application will require that you fill at the online application form, have two letters of recommendations (one of which must be from a teacher, professor, guidance counselor, or principal), an official transcript, and proof of acceptance or enrollment into an accredited university or college in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. You will also be required to submit two essays to further distinguish you and your ambitions. Essay topics will include discussing your professional aspirations, your inspiration in life, contributions to your community, etc.
If you are looking for some extra cash, and are interested in studying in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia, be sure to check out this award and submit by Friday, May 6, 2016.
Study abroad loans are available for US citizens and permanent residents planning to study abroad. It doesn’t matter if you will be doing a short-term study abroad program through your college, or if you will be doing a full degree program abroad – you are eligible for a ton of financial aid!
Want to learn more? Our student loan specialist, Bryanna Davis, will be hosting a LIVE Google Hangout on-air to help you get the financial aid you need to make your international dreams a reality. Student loans can cover your total educational costs, including your tuition, transportation, housing, books, etc.
Mark your calendars for tomorrow:
Friday, August 15, 2014
11:00 am EST
Join the Hangout Here
Tomorrow’s discussion on Finding Your Study Abroad Loan will discuss the various types of student loans available, including federal and private student loans. It can be confusing, so let our Student Loan Specialist help you navigate the process, from start to finish.
Do you have questions lingering in the back of your head? Ask them now, or bring your questions to the Hangout and we’ll answer them live on air.
See you tomorrow, Friday August 15, 2014, at 11:00 am EST!
If you are like most international students right now, you are probably scratching your head wondering how you are going to cover your education expenses. After all, tuition alone will cost you thousands and thousands of dollars. And, who has that money at their disposal?
If you need more money to help cover this year’s education expenses, international student loans can help you cover your expenses. In fact, apply now and you’ll be able to receive the money before your semester begins.
But wait! Do you know where to start? Do you know how to compare your options? Is there a way you can see what student loan options are available to you in just a few clicks?
International Student Loan cordially invites you to join them on Thursday, July 24th at 11am EST, where they will be answering these, and other important questions that come up.
What: Compare Your Student Loan Options
Where: Right Online – Reserve Your Spot Now
When: Thursday, July 24th at 11am EST
Why: To Find Student Loans that meets your needs!
Tune in for more tips on how you can navigate your financial aid and what other resources are available to help cover your costs no matter where your studies take you.
International Student Insurance just announced their Summer Fun Competition where you have two chances to win $500! Here’s how you can win one of their $500 prizes (or, submit to both and you could win $1,000!).
There are two ways to win:
- Share their US Healthcare System Video on your Facebook or Twitter pages OR
- Share your experience buying their insurance policy.
From there, complete the application form right online (if you are submitting to both entries, you will need to complete the form twice) and stay tuned to see if you are the winner. Check out the Summer Fun Competition details and application here:
Winners will be randomly selected and will be announced in September. Good luck to you all!
“What’s your favorite page on International Student Loan? Share it with us!”
Simply answer the second question on Facebook, Twitter, or our blog, and you’ll be entered to win $100 gift card! Check out International Student Loan to see what peaks your interest. Is it the videos? Maybe the infographic? Or maybe it’s a resource page? Be sure to comment below on our blog, or share it on our Facebook or Twitter page to enter to win.
Submit your answer before 3pm EST on Wednesday, July 16th for your chance to win. Our second winner will be announced next Thursday, July 17th, so stay tuned!
If you are in need of cash now, win $100 on our Financial Aid Fun Contest, put on in partnership with InternationalStudentLoan.com and InternationalStudent.com. Be sure to check back next week where a new question will be announced on Friday, July 18th. Good luck on financing your education!
The winner for our second question has just been announced, congrats to Sunshine Darling who just won $100 gift card! Sunshine told us that her favorite page was Making a Repayment Plan- and Sticking to it on InternationalStudentLoan.com. Congratulations Sunshine!
It’s July, and many of you will be looking for financial aid to help cover your expenses for the new school year. We wanted to help out with the launch of our newest July contest, the Financial Aid Fun Contest!
Each week we will announce a new winner who will be the recipient of $100 gift card! InternationalStudentLoan.com in partnership with InternationalStudent.com will announce a question each week. Submit your answers through our Facebook, Twitter, or the blog and you could be the winner. Each week we’ll have a new question so be sure to follow us to increase your chances of winning.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible! As long as you are studying outside your home country, or planning to study outside your home country, you can enter.
How does it work?
On July 2nd, July 11th and July 18th, we will announce our new question on our blog, Facebook and Twitter Feed. Make sure to submit your answer by 3pm EST each Wednesday. Every Thursday, we will announce the winners – which might just be you!
How do I submit my answers?
You can submit your answers each week on Facebook, Twitter, or directly on our blog. Remember, all entries each week must be received by 3pm EST each Wednesday. We will announce the winners every Thursday through our social channels.
Can I enter more than once?
You can submit your answer once per question. We will have three lucky winners who will receive $100 each. Answer multiple questions to increase your likelihood of winning!
Tune in tomorrow for our first question where you might just be $100 dollars richer!
From pouring money into scholarships to loosening regulations, Denmark is proposing a series of measures meant to attract more international students as well as retain them in the workforce for a number of years after their graduation.
International Scholarships for Denmark Announced
Working closely with the private sector, the Danish government has detailed a plan that will make the process of studying abroad in Denmark more streamlined, more affordable, and with more potential for landing a promising career in the country upon graduating.
- Scholarships—The Danish government has pooled resources with various private sector interests to set aside 25 million DKK (US $4.6 million) in order to generate 65-70 new scholarships, and only expect that amount to grow over the coming months as more businesses sign on.
If you need an international student loan for the semester, you have a few more months to prepare! That’s why tomorrow, Wednesday, at 3pm EST, International Student Loan will be hosting a free Google Hangout to answer all of your questions. Join them to learn about international student loans including:
- What you need to apply
- Requirements for approval
- What to expect during the process
They’ll be available to answer all of your questions when it comes to your international student loan, so don’t miss it! To join the Hangout live, all you need to do is:
- Sign up for the Hangout
- Bookmark the page
- Set a calendar alarm for 3pm EST on Wednesday, May 21st
- Get your questions ready
- Join us live!
Want to see previous hangouts? Check out International Student Loan’s YouTube page where you can find videos on all things financial aid for students studying abroad.