U.S. Department of Education resources
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Students may also obtain information regarding their loans through the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, including deferment forms and payment information
- Also check out information about the federal student aid programs
- For information about federal student loans, visit: http://www.studentloans.gov
Additional loan resources
Students who need additional funds beyond the financial aid package offered have the option to borrow funds through a private lender. These loans are credit-based, so applicants may need a cosigner. International students may utilize private lenders if they have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a cosigner.
The following websites are available for researching other sources of financial aid:
- Sallie Mae
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Fast Aid
- Fellowship Resources Compiled by the Soros Fellowship
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- School Grants, College Scholarships, Financial Aid, and More
- Women's Guide to Paying for College
Additional sources of financial aid for international students
Institute of International Education (IIE)
The IIE is a nonprofit organization that promotes international education. They provide information about the Fulbright Program on their website: www.iie.org. Number and amount of grants differs from country to country.
They also publish several useful guides, including Funding for US Study: A guide for Foreign Nationals, English Language Orientation Programs (a guide to ESL programs in the US), and Academic Year Abroad. Books can be ordered through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (IFP)
The Foundation sponsors three minority graduate fellowship programs—predoctoral, doctoral, and postdoctoral—through the National Research Council.
The IFP provides support for up to three years of formal graduate-level study. Fellows will be selected from countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Russia where the foundation maintains active overseas programs. U.S. nationals are not eligible, although fellows may study in the United States. IFP Fellows must be nationals of eligible countries.
For more detailed information concerning the application process, eligible candidates, and IFP requirements, visit www.fordfound.org.