How to Get an International Scholarship Webinar Resources
January 30th, 2014 by Victoria Troupe

We’d like to thank everyone for attending our webinar on How to Get an International Scholarship! Even if you missed it, the important thing to know is that there are scholarships and other types of financial aid available for international students – you just have to know where to find them. Once you find a scholarship that you are qualified for, you must submit an application that sets you apart from the rest of the applicants and blows the scholarship judges away! Here are some resources to help you find and win international scholarships.

Resources to Help You Find Scholarships:

IEFA has been providing information about international financial aid and scholarships since 1998. Visit for more information. provides another comprehensive list of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

Resources to Help you Win Scholarships:

Your scholarship essay is the most important part of your scholarship application. Check out these articles on Writing a Scholarship Essay, 5 Tips to Avoid When Writing your Scholarship Essay, and Common Mistakes in Scholarship Essays.

Other important parts of your scholarship application are your resume or CV and transcripts.  Here are some useful articles on How to Make Your Resume Objective Statement Stand Out and Resume Writing Tips. Here is a great piece explaining transcripts – Why Do Scholarships Need My Transcripts?

More Resources Are On the Way!

These and many other resources are available to help you, so take advantage of them!

We will be posting the webinar on our website so that you can refer back to it or watch it if you missed it. We’re also scheduling more webinars discussing financial aid. Be sure to add us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for VIP access to our upcoming webinars and other valuable resources.

Want to Learn How To Get an International Scholarship – Join Us Next Thursday!
January 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

That’s right, we are hosting a get together next Thursday where we will teach you how to get an international scholarship. We’ll highlight the best places to look, tips on your overall application, and how you can stand out from the crowd. Join us for our online meeting, hosted on GoToMeeting, where you can ask questions and get help from three Financial Aid Representatives.

Who: You, your friends, and your family
What: Our very first webinar on how you can get an international scholarship!
Where: Right online – space is limited so register now – full, now closed!
When: Thursday, January 30th @ 10:30 am EST
Why: Because who doesn’t like free money?

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US Cosigner for International Student Loans
January 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

All private international student loans in the US do require a US cosigner. You may be asking yourself, why? I’m from another country and don’t know anyone in the United States. These student loans are what we refer to as non-collateral loans meaning that you are not putting up a house, car, or other assets to back the loan in case you are unable to repay it.

Because there is no asset backing up your international student loan, lenders require you to have someone in the US with a good credit background to sign on to your application and accept financial responsibility in case of default.

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Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students
January 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Depending on where your studies take you, you may find that the opportunity to study abroad can be quite expensive. If you are an undergraduate study abroad student, you have access to federal grants and loans as well as scholarship opportunities. Once you’ve maximized these options, you can apply for private study abroad loans to help make up the difference.

How does this all work, you ask? Here is a step-by-step process to get you on your way to learning about financial aid for study abroad students:

1. Know Your Costs

This is not always easy, since you may not know what the cost of living will be in your host country. Costs are variable and will depend on the country, the length of your program, what’s included in your program fees, and the type of program you’re enrolled in – not to mention your quality of living. While there are program fees, there is also airfare, local transportation, lodging, entertainment, health insurance, meals, immunizations/vaccinations, and visa fees to consider. Be sure to: Read the rest of this entry »

Study Abroad Participation Revealed
January 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

Although the findings of the recently released Open Doors report indicate that a record number of US students studied abroad in the 2012-2013 academic year, they also reveal several interesting trends about that cohort. Not only do fewer than ten percent – 9.4% to be exact – of all US students study abroad during their undergraduate studies, nearly 6 of the 10 who did go abroad, went for a short-term (e.g., summer) programs lasting eight weeks or less. Just a third – 35.4% – studied abroad for a semester while a mere 3.3% percent went abroad for an entire academic year. Read the rest of this entry »


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