Scholarships for
International Students

International students often have difficulties funding their education in the United States. Scholarships and grants are available but are unlikely to cover all the expenses. International students who have been accepted to a university but do not have the financial resources to pay for it can sometimes solve their financial problems with a student loan.

While international students are not eligible for the student loans provided by the U.S. government, such as Stafford Loans, they may be eligible for privately funded loans. Funds from these loans can be used to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, books, and other expenses.  Private student loans from established brokers tend to have competitive interest rates and no application fees.

Listed below are some characteristics and criteria for international student loans.

There are always scholarships available for international students. However, with such fierce competition it is extremely difficult for students to obtain one of the scholarships available. Even if a student receives a scholarship the amount certainly won’t be enough to cover the entire cost of a college education.

Scholarships often target very specific groups of students, such those studying certain fields or those living in certain countries. In general, there are more scholarship opportunities for students pursuing graduate degrees than undergraduate.

Many online resources are available to help with searching for scholarships that you might qualify for. However, be extremely cautious about scholarship applications that require a fee. If you have to pay money to apply for a scholarship, it is likely a scam.

Two websites that provide free searches for international scholarships are:

www.iefa.org               www.internationalscholarships.com