Financial Assistance

A majority of international study is funded by the student and his or her family. However, if your family does not have the funds, do not give up! There are a variety of other ways you can finance your U.S. education.

Financial Source Description % Int. students Links
Personal and Family Funds Start saving! 61%  
U.S. College or University Aid is very rare at state or public colleges, more funding comes from private colleges More money for graduate programs than undergraduate programs Direct exchange programs may include financial aid 26% Universities that offer substantial aid to international students:
  • MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Massachusetts
  • Harvard University in Massachusetts
  • Princeton University in New Jersey
  • Yale University in Connecticut
  • Williams College in Massachusetts
  • Middlebury College in Vermont
  • Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
Merit or Sport Scholarships Based on merit, including outstanding academic performance or test scores Gifted student athletes can play for the college team as a means of paying for their education   International Education Financial Aid
Resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad International Scholarships
Financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for any student wishing to study abroad
Fellowship For graduate students in exchange for having an excellent student at the university  
Home Government/ University Local government, corporate, or foundation sources Some government support requires students to return to their home country after graduation 3%  
Foreign or U.S. Private Sponsor Businesses, foundations, and religious groups 3%  
International Organization United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), AMIDEAST, the International Maritime Organization, and the World Council of Churches, Fulbright Soros Foundation World Health Organization .3%  
Financial Aid Aid for international students that have insufficient funds to finance education   NAFSA Financial Aid for undergraduate international students with nonimmigrant visas (F-1, J-1 etc)
International Student Loans Usually requires a U.S. citizen co-signer and you must be already enrolled in a U.S. university Repayment can be deferred while in school and you have up to 20 years to repay, with a payment due every month. Typically you can borrow the full amount of tuition and living expenses ($30,000-$50,000 a year) 1% International Student Loans
Loans for non-U.S. citizens from anywhere in the world who are planning to study at approved schools throughout the U.S. Study Abroad Loans
International student loans for international students studying at approved schools in the U.S.

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