In this video we break down all the Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students in the US.
If you’re specifically looking for a loan, then you can use the tool on our site to see if you are eligible.
If you’re looking for a scholarship, then you can search through our database on our Scholarships Page.
It’s also the most expensive. International students have to pay for tuition, room & board, transportation, books, and supplies – and students may not have all that money saved in advance.
So how can international students pay all these expenses? It’s not easy, but you can realise the dream of studying in the US with hard work and some financial aid.
The U.S. government gives international students limited financial support. But while most foreign citizens are not eligible for government student support, the U.S. Department of Education states that:
“Many non-U.S. Citizens qualify for federal student assistance. Don’t assume you can’t get help because you’re not a citizen.”
Under certain circumstances, non-citizens may be eligible for U.S. federal funding. If you are applying for an international student visa, you may be eligible for the U.S. government-funded programmes:
However, as an international student, you are most likely not eligible for US government financial aid.
But there are other alternatives that can help fund your education.
Always start looking at home. If you’re an outstanding student with great potential, your own country may be willing to send you to an American college or university to learn at some of the best institutions, and then return home to apply your newly acquired skills.
To give you some examples of these programs:
You should talk to the education department of your home country and your US embassy or consulate to see if government-funded programs are available.
Universities are often flexible in offering financial support to international students. You can usually find plenty of financial aid information on the website of your school or by talking to your Admissions Office or International Student Services Office, or the Financial Aid Office.
You can find information on budgeting, the cost of your education, and any financial support you can afford.
For their students, most colleges have either need- or merit-based financial aid packages, which can come in various forms.
Some schools have introduced a “need-blind” admissions policy, meaning you’re accepted based on your academic merits and don’t look at your financials.
It’s important to talk to your admissions office about what financial aid you ‘re eligible for. You may be aware of additional completion forms and deadlines.
Schools differ greatly in the international financial aid offered to students. If the school is well-funded, wants to diversify its student population, or has special interests in certain fields of study, it may be willing to offer a generous financial aid package to attract international students.
International students can get up to a full scholarship to participate on their school’s sport teams. If you’re a talented athlete, this could be your ticket to a US school.
There are agencies travelling the world searching for students who have excelled in their sport and will match you with a coach recruiting for their school. The coach will have the final say as to whether you get selected — and whether there is a financial package to go along with that.
Many schools are looking and have the funds to build a specific academic department. Whether you excel in math, business, or physics, there may be a scholarship for you. You’ll need to contact the Department Head to see if they’re willing to help you. These scholarships are often available in STEM fields — science , technology , engineering, and mathematics. These departments are seeking new research and expertise, so you need to show your track record and make the investment worthwhile.
A tuition waiver allows students not to pay a portion of their tuition. While not all schools grant international students a tuition waiver, a handful to do. The school will specify the requirements to be met for a waiver of tuition. It can be based on citizenship, academic performance, or part of a fellowship or grant. Do your research, look at the school’s website, and talk to your admissions counsellor or an international student advisor to find out more about eligibility.
Many organisations worldwide have created scholarships and grants to help students study abroad. But these awards can be competitive. There are thousands of scholarships and grants out there, but remember to put the time and effort into each application to increase the likelihood of winning the award. Have your application reviewed and submit as many as you can. You can search international scholarships on IEFA.org.
Working in the U.S. to supplement your financial support is difficult for international students. F-1 students may work part-time on campus if they are in good academic standing or have completed their academic programme. For OPT or CPT approval, your work must be directly related to your major. Check with your International Student Advisor if you can work during your studies.
If you pursue higher degrees, some international organisations can help you study in the U.S., including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, to name a few. Again, these scholarships are extremely competitive, but they can be amazing if you have the qualifications and skills to do so.
If you still need funds, there are international student loans that can cover your U.S. education’s total cost, including your tuition, transportation, living and food expenses. As long as you attend an accredited school, several lenders will work with international students. In most cases, you can apply online and get approval within days. Remember, international student loans allow you to borrow money, but you’ll need to pay back the money with additional borrowing costs. Check all the details and compare lenders to find the right loan.
Business start-ups are highly regarded and promote a productive and profitable economy in many different fields or niches of businesses.
The CHESTER Entrepreneurship Scholarship is one of the leading solutions to overcome many entrepreneurship-related problems.
Successfully building your own business needs money, which may be in quite short supply following graduation if you’ve been saddled with a large student loan repayment.
That’s why ambitious administrators want to support their college education through money-saving scholarships, and different financial aid opportunities.
A monetary donation or any means of supporting one’s educational expenses is what we call scholarship. It is granted to qualified students who have completed all the necessary requirements.
They are usually limited in number and are typically awarded to students with academic excellence and also based on household status.
After obtaining or being chosen as one of the recipients of a scholarship, a scholar student will be required to meet all the standards set by the sponsor.
It can be either maintaining a grade throughout the range of the school year you are a scholar to them. Or maybe you need to join some seminars that they had organized.
The CHESTER Entrepreneurship Scholarship was established to support business-minded individuals to generate business while studying.
It gives assistance to students who are keen to learn things about entrepreneurship and more about setting up a business.
The CHESTER Entrepreneurship Scholarship is one of the most regarded scholarships that has helped many business-minded young individuals.
If you are an undergraduate of any course and love to learn about entrepreneurship, then you might be considered for this scholarship.
This scholarship is open to anyone as long as you can meet the requirements and the deadline of application. You will be required to prepare an essay comprised of 500-1000 words that showcases all your skills and your desire to have this scholarship.
Please elaborate on all the things that motivate the entrepreneur in you. All the requirements must be submitted before or on April 30, 2020, and September 30, 2020.
CHESTER will grant one $2,500 scholarship to each chosen scholar decided by the selected judges. This scholarship will award four lucky recipients.
The recipients should contact the sponsor once they received a letter that confirmed that they are one of the hopeful scholars of CHESTER.
Find out more and apply here: Chester Scholarship
The world we are currently living in is a society that thrives and depends heavily on computers and technology so this 2019-2020.
Gone are the days when we can function at our best without all the needed technological complexities. Now, we not only need the right equipment and computers but also the right minds to work on today’s tech-driven world.
That’s where Indeema comes in.
Indeema is a software company that develops business solutions for its clients using the latest tech. Aside from that, they also believe that having their own contribution to the industry can be best defined by offering scholarships.
Well, that’s just what they did as our friends at Indeema offers a scholarship program worth $1,000 for computer science students and to those who are studying STEM-related courses.
Indeema believes that investing in bright minds and aspiring talents, as well as sharing their resources and knowledge to the right people is one of the best things they can do for the upliftment of society.
To assist high school seniors or freshmen students in the USA, Indeema is offering the $1,000 Scholarship Program for enrolling at a university/ college for:
The company believes that it is in supporting students who are following a path towards computer and tech literacy is the future. Thus, those who are interested in enrolling in computer science, computer engineering, as well as other STEM-related programs, specifically in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, are eligible to apply for of this scholarship fund.
Indeema is driven by their passion to not only cater quality tech business solutions to their clients but also positively contribute to the overall welfare of the industry. This is why the company’s mission is driving progress with tech skills and science.
The company also lead educational courses and collaborate with research institutions in Lviv and Austria. Furthermore, Indeema also believes that it is important for them to facilitate the development of fresh minds in the IT industry so that it will progress for the betterment of everyone.
Because of this, they decided to finally grant educational scholarships to students in the US who are interested in pursuing careers in computer science and other STEM courses. This is also a strategic move for the company as it is where their main office is located.
Indeema knows that starting can be hard. That’s why they want to create a stepping stone and encourage IT enthusiasts to build their career in this innovative landscape.
Not only will this create brighter minds in the tech industry, but this will also make it easier for them to leverage on their careers, and in the process, help Indeema and the entire tech sector improve.
Any wonderful product or disruptive innovation is done by people like you or like Indeema — passionate dream chasers.
Study hard and work smart, and there will be nothing you can’t achieve!
High school graduates who graduated from a public school are eligible. However, those who have graduated from a private school are also welcome as long as the school they’ve graduated in is accredited.
Students who are going to pursue a degree and career in computer science, computer engineering, and other STEM-related courses are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Students who are already enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment for a four-year course at any accredited college and university in the US are eligible for the scholarship.
Students who have a high SAT score are eligible. Specifically speaking, only those who have SAT scores of 1350/1600 and above. Also, those that have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 as well as a 27 or higher composite ACT score are eligible for the scholarship.
If you are deeply passionate and interested in computer science, computer engineering, and technology, then you’re a great fit for the scholarship.
If you are interested you can find out more below. You must apply for the $1,000 Scholarship Program by March 1st.
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This award is brought to you by IEFA.org and all responsibility for the program lies with the provider – in this case, Indeema. For more information see the listing on IEFA.org and contact the provider directly.
The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program supports future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math in the United States and Israel and, over time, fosters greater collaboration between the world’s most advanced scientific research centers.
The program provides scholarships through the following initiatives:
The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US Israeli scientific cooperation.
The Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides additional support to Israeli researchers who have been accepted to a postdoctoral program with a stipend at an American university. Zuckerman Scholars enjoy unique programming and activities specially organized for them by the host universities, such as touring, educational experiences, and social programs.
Candidates for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program are assessed based on their academic and research achievements, as well as on personal merit and leadership qualities, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or age.
Scholars are expected to return to the home campuses from which they earned their doctorates, and to visit other universities, where they will give talks and be interviewed by faculty and PhD students. They should share insights about their research and about the experience of collaborating with scientists in the United States.
The postdoctoral scholars program will enable the highest achieving postdoctoral researchers from the US to collaborate with leading scientists at Israel’s top research institutions. Leading PhD graduates from these Israeli universities will have an opportunity to accept postdoctoral positions in top US academic institutions.
Find out more and apply for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program on IEFA.
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We believe that everyone deserves the right to get a proper education as it creates a better world for all of us. What better way to turn that philosophy into reality by offering scholarships in the U.S. and Canada.
Knowing that these two countries are some of the best places to study and get a college degree because of their high educational standards, it’s best that deserving students get the chance to experience premium education.
This is why we, at International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), are proud to showcase two scholarships for international students in the U.S. and Canada. There are two scholarship types. These are the Global Citizen Scholarship and the Women in STEM Scholarship.
Although the deadlines have passed and the students have been carefully chosen, there’s still a chance that another round of free scholarships will be given soon.
Find out more about these scholarships and stay up to date with another possible round by reading on.
Provided by: MPOWER
Application Deadline: July 15th
About this scholarship:
The Global Citizen Scholarship is geared towards international students who are looking to study either in the U.S.A. or in Canada. The two countries are considered as the top places to get premium education because of its first-world and high-standard educational experience.
To qualify you must be enrolled full-time at a US or Canadian school that MPOWER supports, and you must be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada. U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship.
This scholarship is not restricted to a field of study – students from all fields can apply.
And although the application deadline has passed, the chances of MPOWER offering another batch of scholarships for international students is very high.
This scholarship has been created and specifically designed to cater to international students who wanted to study in the U.S.A. and Canada. Its aim is to encourage a diverse community of students for the long-term goal of improving the productivity and prosperity of both the two countries and the individual lives of its scholars. In simpler terms, foreign students get the chance to experience American and Canadian college and university-level education at its finest.
Scholarship applicants, should, however, be qualified. Some of the qualifications needed are full-time students who are currently enrolled at a school located in the U.S. or in Canada. And that school should be directly supported by MPOWER.
Furthermore, applicants should be confirmed as official international students who are allowed to legally study either in the U.S. or Canada or in both the two countries.
Students who are U.S. citizens looking forward to studying in the U.S. are exempted and not eligible for the scholarship. The same goes for Canadian citizens who are looking to study in Canada. The aforementioned scenarios are not eligible to get the scholarship.
However, it’s worth noting that the scholarship isn’t restricted to a specific field of study or degree. This means that successful scholars from any field of degree can apply for the scholarship.
Provided by: MPOWER
Application Deadline: July 15th
About this scholarship:
The Women in STEM Scholarship is geared towards female international students who want to study college-level education in the U.S.A. or in Canada.
The last applications were also submitted last July 15. But the chances of having another batch of STEM scholars is very high because of MPOWER’s continuous support towards the cause.
It is a scholarship fund aimed at women who are geared towards using their STEM degree for the greater good and benefit of society. Those who have the potential to serve as inspirational role models and as advocates for women’s rights are the main target of this scholarship.
Students coming from different countries, except for the U.S. and Canada, are eligible for the scholarship. They should also be currently enrolled in a STEM degree program in any U.S. or Canadian school that is directly supported by MPOWER. Only females and those who are full-time students can apply for this scholarship.
Applicants must also submit a clear and detailed essay describing their academic and professional accomplishments in the STEM program. They should also share their thoughts about their future goals and how they intend to achieve those goals if ever they successfully qualify for the STEM scholarship.
STEM is a description of programs that feature subjects in any field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, hence STEM.
Sponsored by educations.com
Deadline: April 2020
Educations.com believe that students who study abroad become the next generation of globally-minded leaders – and they want more of you to do it!
They’re offering a scholarship of up to €5000 to help cover your tuition fees and get you one step closer to your next great adventure.
The scholarship will be awarded for the fall/autumn semester and is open to students from any country who will be studying a master’s degree abroad at a European university or school.
To apply for this scholarship, you must:
The applicant should have already gone through the whole process of application to be accepted as a regular student in any European school. If not, then applicants should have serious intent to study in any European school.
The applicant must have already applied for entry to any school that is based in Europe as one of their regular students. If this isn’t the case, then the hopeful applicant should show serious intent to study in any European college or university.
The applicant must be currently studying any degree program that is offered by the European college or university. Online courses attended from another country aren’t considered.
In order to benefit from the masters scholarship study fund, applicants should have graduated and finished a bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree. They should also meet the program’s language requirements, especially that Europe is a multilingual continent.
Spanish, French, and German are some of the top languages needed to be learned, depending on location, alongside the universal language, English. The applicant should also be eligible to apply for any study visa that is relevant to his or her desired master’s degree.
The applicant should also have experienced studying abroad. The country where the education took place should also not be the place the applicant was born in. Furthermore, he or she shouldn’t also be a regular resident of the country he or she currently studies in.
The applicant should show an interest in other cultures. This is very important, especially that Europe is a continent where people from different countries and cultures live.
The applicant should understand that the world he’s living in is a globalized world where people from different walks of life and from different corners of the globe live together and in harmony. Showing a positive attitude towards the people around him or her are good signs of becoming a scholar.
The applicant should have a set goal in mind, one where he or she is aimed at contributing something productive and positive to the world through the education that they are likely to get. Showing passion and eagerness to improve their skillset and acquire more knowledge for the betterment of society are good signs of a carefully handpicked scholar.
The applicant should be intellectually superior, both academically and in extracurricular activities as well. Those that are academic achievers are given priority as they are the ones who are most likely to excel.
Furthermore, applicants should show a willingness to improve their grades and do the best of what they can to strive for perfection, despite the fact that all are imperfect in one way or another.
Those who are active and engaged in participating in extracurricular groups and activities are given priority as they show a positive attitude towards their peers. Academic excellence isn’t the only thing considered but social skills as well.
The applicant should show eagerness in starting a new journey of his or her life, knowing that their are endless possibilities around him or her. They should also be excited in sharing their experiences and story with the world, specifically to their families, friends, and peers from their homeplace.
Get more details on the €5000 Scholarship to Study a Master’s in Europe and how to apply.
Don’t miss your chance to participate in this exciting 3D printing competition for international students!
Show 3D HUBS how you used 3D printing to realize your innovative engineering or design project.
They’re looking for inventors, entrepreneurs and creative talents who push the boundaries of 3D printing to solve real-life problems.
They’re accepting submissions in five categories:
The deadline for submissions is June 30th
All submissions must present a physical product or prototype. Whole or part of the design must be fabricated through a 3D printing process. We accept submissions from both individual contributors and teams. All contributors must be either current students (in secondary, undergraduate or postgraduate education) or recent graduates that have completed their studies after July 2018.
The awardees will be selected by a panel of experts based on certain selection criteria. The winner of each category will receive:
The five finalists of each category will receive a copy of The 3D Printing Handbook and an official finalist certificate.
Apply at internationalscholarships.com
Not for you?
Global Citizen Scholarship
Deadline: April 15
Students at select schools can apply for the Global Citizen Scholarship – a $5,000 award granted to students from any country studying in the US and Canada.
Visit internationalscholarships.com for application details and to apply for the Global Citizen Scholarship.
Winners of the Global Citizen Scholarship will be selected based solely on their short essay response. Essays will be judged based on (1) grammar, vocabulary, and clarity, (2) creativity, and (3) insightfulness and power of story. Scholarship essays will be judged blindly by an unbiased committee.
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International Student Taxes – International students in the United States are required to file a tax return every year. The deadline in 2019 is April 15th.
All students and their dependents must file a form 8843 (one form per person).
If you have received any income in the last calendar year then you will most likely Form 1040NR-EZ also.
There are a number of ways that you can submit these forms:
You can do it yourself because the forms are all available online from the IRS. This means you can print them off, complete them for each family member and submit them directly to the IRS directly for processing.
Do it yourself (with help). InternationalStudent.com has created an online IRS Form 8843 Wizard that pre-populates the Form 8843 automatically for you. You can enter all your details into the web form for them to pre-populate Form 8843 with all your details. Just check it over, sign and date it and send it to the IRS for processing.
Or you can seek Expert Tax Advice. InternationalStudent.com has partnered with Sprintax who provide expert tax advice and assistance (for a fee). You can contact them directly for assistance or advice. This is especially helpful for more complicated tax returns.
Every international student and their dependents (including spouses and children of all ages) must file their tax if they were in the US during the previous calendar year.
Although it may seem difficult to file your tax return, there are a number of resources to help you comply with the law and your visa regulations.
Find out more at our partner site: InternationalStudent.com
University of Arizona
Deadline: April 1st
Looking to study at the University of Arizona (UA) but can’t afford the tuition? This is your chance! The UA is offering Tuition Awards to international students that go from $4,000 to $24,000 per academic year.
The University of Arizona is one of the United States’ most respected public research institutions. The UA provides more than a world-class education, they help students develop the necessary skills of discovery, research, and creativity and that’s why you can’t miss this opportunity to study there!
What’s the scholarship about?
In recognition for students who exhibit an outstanding academic performance, the University of Arizona offers the International Tuition Award which offers $4,000 – $24,000 per academic year for freshman, and $5,000 per academic year for transfer students.
If you meet the criteria, be sure you submit your application on time for the next fall semester!
Get more details on the University of Arizona International Tuition Award and how to apply.