How to Receive Financial Aid to Study in the US
June 19th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel
For many international students, getting enough money to study in the U.S. is no easy task. The U.S. government doesn’t provide much in the way of financial aid for international students so students typically have to turn elsewhere for help. While it may seem impossible, we’re here to tell you that it can be done.
You’ll have to be dedicated, it will require hard work, and you will need to be committed to your end goal. You will need to ask your country’s government for help, find out about work/study programs, research international organizations that provide financial help and then use international student loans to cover the rest.
Here’s an overview of where to turn to and how to receive financial aid to study in the US:
Proudly Represent your Country
If you were an outstanding student at your school, there is no doubt your government recognized it and could gladly send you to a university in the U.S. to represent your homeland. This is one of the best opportunities because the financial load is much easier on your parents. Programs like the King Abdullah Scholarship Program and the Kuwait Ministry of Education Scholarships are some of the largest, and your country may do so as well!
Help out your family and support yourself while studying in the U.S. because the tuition will blow your mind. Although working in the U.S. to supplement your financial aid is difficult, opportunities are available to international students. Keep in mind that many of the programs require you to work on campus, work part-time, and may pay only minimum wage. While it will not cover the majority of your costs, it can help cover many of your smaller expenses.
International Financial Aid from World Organizations
Organizations like the United Nations and the World Health Organization offer scholarships. If you’re eligible, they can help fund your education in the U.S. Be on the look out for opportunities like these though because they come and go fast. Remember, many students are competing for the same opportunities and goal as you, so it can be quite competitive – so be sure to plan ahead and meet all listed deadlines.
International Student Loans
Many international students rely on student loans but they should only be considered once you’ve maximized your other financial aid. All US loans require a co-signer who is an American citizen or permanent resident. If you have a cosigner that meets this requirement, you’ll be able to apply for up to the total cost of your education minus any other financial aid received. See if there are loans available to you by using our comparison tool.