Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

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Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

Kathleen Harrington
Owner New Jersey College Consulting

Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

Most US colleges will encourage international students to apply for financial aid. Although many items are needed to receive aid for attending college in the USA, if not eligible, the college may still like to review the financial aid paperwork to potentially award the applicant with other monies such as grants and scholarships. The FAFSA will ask the applicant for a social security number. If the applicant does not have a SSN#, he or she can apply as a eligible non-citizen. Unfortunately, if an applicant is attending school on a student visa, he or she will not be eligible for financial aid. The best resource to utilize is the financial aid office at your potential school of interest. Also, additional information can be found on the FAFSA website.

Claire Law

Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

Generally, international students are not eligible for US Government based financial aid, such as loans. They are expected to provide funding from their home country. Some colleges however, provide scholarships that are funded by the college itself. As a consultant and former director of international admission, I can help guide you to those colleges.

Benjamin Waldmann

Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

You can't file a FAFSA, but many state & private colleges have special forms for intn'l students. Ask first, rather than be disappointed later.

Mr C Coakley
President Academic Coaching Services

Should I apply for financial aid as an international student?

Always apply for financial aid if it's available and you need it. Policies regarding financial aid vary so always check your intended schools website first for the latest information.