Join the Hangout – How to Find an International Scholarship
May 22nd, 2014 by Victoria Troupe

Find an International ScholarshipKnowing how to find an International Scholarship isn’t always easy, but don’t worry – we’re here to help.  Join the Google Hangout tomorrow on International Student’s Google+ page to learn the best tips and practices for finding and winning international scholarships.  Our financial aid specialist will give some good advice and then answer your questions live on air. By this time tomorrow you will be ready to tackle any international scholarship that crosses your path.

The Hangout will show you the best places to find an international scholarship, how to complete the application, and what to do after you win. Additionally, we will have plenty of time for Q&A at the end of the session, so send in your questions! Read the rest of this entry »


Join our Hangout – International Student Loan Q&A Session
May 20th, 2014 by Victoria Troupe

question answerWe are dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals. When meeting those goals involves finding an International Student Loan, look no further! Our resources and financial aid experts are the right people to talk to. That’s why we are putting on a free Google Hangout to answer questions for students just like you!  We’ll let the students determine our topics by typing their questions in the Q&A bar. We’ll also let you know where to go to find a loan that is right for you.

Consider this your formal invitation! Read the rest of this entry »


US Cosigners for International Students – The A, B, C’s
May 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Finding a US cosigner is the most important thing for any international student looking to apply for a student loan. That’s because all international students (and most US students) are required to have a US cosigner living in the US, who is a US citizen or permanent resident, but also has good credit. Check out our newest whiteboard where you can learn everything you need to know about US cosigners in under 5 minutes.

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A Night on the Town for Less Than $20
May 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

woman in taxi480824233Just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some fun! As a college student, money is often tight and school work can keep you up all night – but not tonight. Since we know how hectic your life can be, we’ve created a fun list of ideas for a night out that won’t break the bank. Here are just a few ways to have a night on the town for less than $20:

Have a Laugh: Check out the local comedy club. Of course, you won’t be able to see Jeff Dunham, but comedy shows earlier in the week can be hilarious – and within the budget. Depending on the club, tickets average $10 for local comedians and who knows, you may see the next Tina Fey, before she makes it big.

Take a Swing: Miniature Golf, depending on the time of year, is a great outdoor activity. The courses are all unique and creative, from themes to nearly impossible shots. On average, 18 holes will only cost $5 and after all, when’s the last time you played putt putt? Read the rest of this entry »


3 Countries Dominate International Education in the US
May 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

strategy480554809A rising tide may lift all boats but overreliance on just a few sources may force a few colleges and universities to run aground. At least that’s what some experts are saying in response to the data provided by the Institute of International Education in its last Open Doors report. As we noted in our last discussion of the report, international student enrollment in the US reached all time highs in the 2012-2013 academic year. This growth is not limited to only a few states or schools: the ten most popular schools and twenty most popular institutions all saw increases across the board. But consider this. Read the rest of this entry »


How Much Is Too Much When Taking Out An International Student Loan
May 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Piggy Bank concept 187952093Many international students make the decision to take out student loans to help finance their study abroad programs. Student loans can be an important financial tool to afford the study abroad experience including all of the costs that go along with it – transportation, tuition, room and board, etc. Doing your research into student loans and knowing how much money you should borrow is critical to making smart financial decisions that open the doors to opportunity, but don’t leave you with years of debt.

Taking out too little money can cause you to fall short on many fees and leave you with not enough funds for important functions like eating, rent, or even tuition. On the other hand, taking out too much can mean larger loan amounts, more money to repay, and more interest payments in the long run. So how can a student make sure to take out the right loan amount? Read the rest of this entry »