Win $100 By Answering Our Second Question

July 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Thumbs up176380839Question #2

“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!

*Winner announced:

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!


Question 1 of the Financial Aid Fun Contest Released!

July 2nd, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

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Deadline: July 9th at 3pm EST

International Student Loan and International Student have combined forces during the month of July to bring you three great chances to win $100! Yesterday the Financial Aid Fun contest was announced and today question 1 of the Financial Aid Fun Contest released! All you need to do is find the correct answer to the question (you can find help here), then post the correct answer either to this blog or one of the following:

International Student Facebook
International Student Twitter
International Student Loan Facebook
International Student Loan Twitter

If you submit the correct answer you’ll be entered into the drawing to win $100! You only have until July 9th at 3pm EST to submit your answer, so make sure you post your answer as soon as possible!

The question you must correctly answer is:

What is a co-signer?

Time is limited so start searching now and post your answer before the deadline. If you aren’t the winner this week make sure you come back next week. There will be a new question posted, meaning a new chance to win $100!

WINNER UPDATE:

If you missed the announcement of the winner for the first question- here he is:

Islam Taher

“A cosigner is someone who guarantees that if the borrower cannot pay back the loan, they will be legally responsible to pay back the debt. In other words, the cosigner is taking on a huge responsibility for the international student loan or study abroad loan since they are being asked to accept the responsibility of paying back the total loan amount plus any interest.”

Congrats Islam! For those who did not win, don’t worry, just answer our next question for a chance to win!

 


Win $100 – Enter to Win the Financial Aid Fun Contest

July 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Trophy Cup Flat Icon477168705It’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!


Two Hangouts You Don’t Want To Miss This Week!

June 26th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

two hanguts 148188246Whether you just graduated, are planning to become an international student or are an international student- we know you will think one, or both of these hangouts is worth watching!

Today, Thursday 26th, at 10am EST International Student Loan is hosting a Google+ Hangout On Air to help explain some of the most confusing loan terms that students run across. International students in need of financial aid and who have considered a loan won’t want to miss this hangout! The hangout will explain some of the top terms you’ll come across when comparing and applying for a loan- terms that are important to understand before agreeing to a loan.

International Student is also hosting a Google+ Hangout On Air this week! The International Student Hangout will address how you can use your contacts to get a job. Whether you’re an international student who just graduated or who is about to start your first semester- these tips will be ones to take note of and keep in mind during your search for a job. Don’t miss this Hangout Friday June 27th at 11am EST.

Attend the International Student Loan Hangout to get student loan terms explained. Start watching today at 10am EST.

 

Attend the International Student Hangout to learn how to use your contacts to get a job. Watch Friday at 11am EST.

If you can’t attend the hangouts make sure to visit the International Student Loan video page and the International student Hangout page so you can watch both videos in your free time.


Student Loan Terms Confusing? Join Us Live This Thursday!

June 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Video conference450365347International student loan terms are confusing. Repayment, deferral, interest rate, cosigner, credit score, and the list goes on and on. It’s almost that time to apply for international student loans, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. As you make these important financial decisions, you will need to know what these terms are, and how they apply to you. After all, these terms can impact how much you’ll pay back – and when.

Join us this Thursday, June 26th at 10:00 am EST for our next live Hangout where you can learn about student loan terms and what they can mean for you. So grab your notebook and a cup of coffee, and let’s talk international student loan.

Who: You!

What: Uncoding student loan terms

Where: Google+ Hangout – RSVP now

When: Thursday, June 26th at 10:00 am EST

Jennifer Frankel, Director of Financial Services at International Student Loan, will provide you with an overview, and then will answer all of your questions to make sure you are prepared! Be sure to set a calendar reminder, and let us know if you’ll be joining our Hangout. Have your questions ready and join the conversation in the meantime on Twitter at #FinancialAidTalk.


Four Ways International Students Benefit from Studying Abroad in Smaller US Towns

June 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Along Main Street155972042As the United States continues to admit an increasing number of international students to US schools, international students are faced with deciding where, in such a large country, they will be able to make the most of their study abroad experience.

Immediately thoughts of famous US cities spring to mind—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, etc. However, there are a number of reasons why international students might want to consider studying in a smaller US town.

Studying Abroad in Smaller US Towns VS Larger US Cities Read the rest of this entry »


Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship

June 19th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

Japan_Honshu_200366242-001Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship
Deadline: July 15

This scholarship is available to US citizens who are studying in Japan short term (one semester or academic year). Six individuals will be awarded this scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each to use toward the upcoming academic year expenses.

The Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship can be used for tuition and academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation and other approved expenses.

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
  • Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan
  • Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant’s home college or university in the US
  • Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
  • May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

The Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship was established by the Japan-America Society of Washington DD (JASW). The scholarship is made possible in thanks to the society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship Endowment and the Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment.

To learn more about the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship and if you are eligible to apply, please visit here.


International Scholarships for Denmark

June 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

denmark map184015350From 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.

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Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship

June 12th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

globe 10Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: July 31

Two $500USD scholarships will be awarded by Pacific Prime. To be eligible, you must be an international student studying in Asia for at least one semester. Eligible students must apply on or before July 31st through email. The email application must include an essay that answers the following question:

“How is Technology Affecting our Health Today?”

Your essay must be between 500 and 700 words. Along with the essay, you must also include a document stating your full name, contact information and a short introductory paragraph detailing how you would spend the money if you were to win.

A winning essay will be informative, yet also entertaining. Using real life examples and ample creativity will also assist you in winning a Pacific Prime Global Diversity Scholarship.

International students can be from any country, but must be studying in one of the following: Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Macao, Korea, South, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong (SAR) or China.

If you would to learn more on this scholarship and how to apply please visit this link.


Applying for Off-Campus Employment: Writing a Follow-Up Letter

June 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Man signing contract451613245While it may be standard knowledge to submit a resume when applying for a job, many international students may be less familiar with the tradition of sending a follow-up letter after an interview.

Many universities around the world are loosening restrictions that previously limited, if permitted at all, the amount of hours international students could work for an off-campus employer. In many places where international students were previously unable to seek off-campus employment, those students are now sending out resumes and applications to businesses in their new host countries—most for the first time. That being said, it is important to know what to write in a follow-up letter, as well as what not to write.

Elements of a Good Follow-Up Letter

A follow-up letter is an applicant’s chance to directly thank the interviewing hiring manager for taking their time to consider him or her, as well as an opportunity to refresh the manager’s memory regarding some more positive points of the interview and to reiterate how well he or she would fit with the company. However, a hastily or poorly written follow-up note can be a disservice, so keep the following points in mind:

  • Personalize it. Don’t send a generic ‘Thank You’ form letter. This letter is being written directly to the hiring manager who interviewed you, so reference something real in their lives when thanking them. Maybe they mentioned a project they are swamped with—thank them for taking the time to consider your application despite his or her workload with project XYZ.
  • Reiterate Your Value. During the interview there may have been a number of positive interpersonal moments, or instances where the hiring manager mentioned projects wherein you felt your skills would be valuable contributions—the follow-up letter is the place to mention them. Don’t just mention you “feel your qualifications are a match for the position”, show the hiring manager you mean business and know that specific skill x will be a great asset to the company’s project y.
  • Timeliness. Be prompt in sending your follow-up letter. It should ideally be received one or two days after the interview.

Writing a follow-up letter or thank you note to a hiring manager is unlikely to change the outcome of a poor interview. However, sending a follow-up letter can certainly tip the scales in an applicant’s favor and help distinguish them from a group of similarly qualified applicants. Moreover, not sending a follow-up letter can harm an applicant’s chances of success.

That being said, international students should be sure to include writing cover and follow-up letters among their application procedures for finding off-campus employment.