How can I afford college as an international student in the US?
January 12th, 2021 by Al C

Studying abroad and specifically in the US is a dream for millions of students around the world. More than a million students apply for colleges in the US  every year. But most of the students and their families can’t afford the tuition fees and other related costs. In 2019 international students paid over $26,000 per year for public colleges and $32,000 for private colleges on average.

Group of Students in the US - How can I afford college as an international student in the US?

So, how do they pay their international college tuition fees?

International Student Financial Aid:

Financial Aid for international students varies depending on the school and the degree chosen. This financial aid most commonly provides financial support to graduate students, and it is less common for undergraduate students.

Most of the financial aid for international students comes from research and teaching assistance programs. These programs provide paid research and teaching responsibilities to graduate students. Also, financial aid can be funded by grants and scholarships as well. Unlike a loan, you don’t have to repay these types awards in the future. 

Also, it can depend on the country you come from, your family assets and background, your merits, existing student loans, and other factors. 

International Scholarships:

Some scholarships are based on the country you come from or your average grades, chosen subject or skills. Some of the scholarships depend on your TOEFL score. There are also sports scholarships available in some schools. You must do proper research on the scholarships available in your school to see if you are eligible or not.

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When you find a scholarship you’re eligible for, contact the scholarship administrators and apply for it. It is an effective way to reduce your overall tuition fees. Also, you might be able to win scholarships by winning contests and competitions.

You should search online for international scholarship opportunities and International Financial Aid.

International Student Loans:

International student loans provide financial support to students who want to study in the US. Mostly through banks and private organizations. The terms and policies and interest rates vary between lenders and organizations.

Private student loans are more expensive than federal student loans, but international students are usually excluded from Federal programs. You should consider choosing scholarships and grants as sources of financial aid first. If there is still a gap between the funds you have and the cost of your education, you should consider getting an international student loan.

Repayment also varies depending on the terms and policies of the lender you choose for your student loan. There are multiple ways you can repay your student loans: Immediate Repayment, Full Deferral, and Interest Only are the standard methods to repay student loans.

It may seem like it is very challenging to cover all the costs to study in the US. But it is not impossible. There are multiple opportunities available for you to explore.

Please note: You should be aware of scams and scammers while looking for funds. There are people ready to take the advantage of you, so always go for reputable and verified schools and lenders.


Scholarship Opportunity for Central American Students
December 9th, 2019 by Al C

Of course InternationalStudentLoan.com is best known for helping international students discover and compare loans to fund their education abroad.

Central America Scholarship

However we are also part of a larger network including IEFA.org, InternationalScholarships.com and InternationalStudent.com

And that’s why today we’re sharing a great opportunity for Central American Students interested in or already studying at an approved school in the USA or Canada – the Central American Scholarship Program by InternationalStudent.com and MPOWER.

Learn more about the opportunity over at IEFA.org


How to Get Funding to Study Abroad
October 1st, 2015 by Anum Yoon

The decision to study overseas is a great one. It will expand your horizons and open up potential career opportunities. It’s also going to be a lot of fun, but you already know all this, right?

What you may not know is how exactly to get the funding you need to study in another country. It’s a tricky situation, as it’s not always possible to get a loan in the U.S. for a university outside the country. There are, however, a few options to look into that can help make studying overseas possible. Some are easier than others, but all of them might be useful as you plan your studies.

Work Through Your University

The first thing to do is to decide what your plan is for studying overseas. If you’re looking for a shorter time abroad — typically a year or less — check with your university to see what study abroad programs are available. This way you can continue using whatever funding you have available, such as loans or scholarships.

Study abroad programs are typically geared for short stays in the country while providing lots of support to students. However, it might be not as immersive as you’d like. If you’re thinking of studying for a longer time, you’ll probably have to apply to a university outside of your current school.

Before doing that, though, it’s still worth checking in with your current school’s finance department. They might not be able to help, but they could know of some ways to obtain the funding you need. Read the rest of this entry »


8 Steps To Write A Killer Scholarship Essay – Join Us Today!
March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

world map463326449Are you looking to get free money for school? If so, then you do not want to miss our Google Hangout today at 2:00 pm EST where we will walk you through the 8 steps to write a killer scholarship essay. Most scholarships designed for international students require that you have an essay as part of your application. This can be your make or break – giving you a chance to stick out among the other applicants.

In this Google Hangout, we will discuss: Read the rest of this entry »


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

coffee157867811That’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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Want an International Scholarship? Here’s How!
December 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

money falling down200398520-001It takes a lot to study in the US. In fact, for many international students even after they spend years studying in school, long hours preparing for entrance exams after school, and carefully preparing applications between semesters, they discover another, more difficult task: paying for it all.

Because the cost of tuition at many US colleges and universities in contingent on residency, international students by their very nature pay costly out-of-state tuition and international student fees. Though it can be expensive, the good news is that a number of resources exist to help you fund your education abroad. In addition to personal savings, for example, international student loans and scholarships are also available. Unfortunately, while international student loans are easily accessible to all (if they have a cosigner with good credit!), international scholarships can be highly competitive. After all, students are competing with peers who are just as driven as they are! Fortunately, however, there a few factors that can help you stand out from the pack and improve your chances of receiving assistance: Read the rest of this entry »


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