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Financial Information

Studying in the United States can be exciting and rewarding, but it can be difficult to finance.  In comparison with many other countries, education in the United States is very expensive.  Typically, students and their families are expected to pay for all education costs.  The cost of living, too, can be higher than in other parts of the world.  Financial aid for F-1 international students is limited and difficult to find.  F-1 international students are not eligible for any federal or state financial aid.  Browse the following links for information on loans and scholarships available to international students to help finance your education.


Organization of American States - Educational loan program helping citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean finance their studies in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest free loans for up to $15,000 dollars.

Note: Many lenders in the United States will lend to F-1 international students only if they have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer.  A co-signer is someone who will be responsible for paying the loan if the student does not fulfill his/her obligation.

Scholarships and Search Engines

When browsing scholarships carefully read the requirements to make sure applicants are not required to be a Pennsylvania or U.S. resident.

HACC Scholarships

Bucknell Community College Scholars Program

Shippensburg University JFK Scholarship/Tuition Reduction Program

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