Funding your studies is a challenge faced by many international students studying in the U.S. Community College of Spokane's Office of Student Financial Aid does not offer any type of scholarship, grant, or other form of aid to international students studying in the U.S. Under state regulations, federal financial aid is only offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
There may be funding options offered by your own government. If you are still in your home country, write or contact your government to ask about funding possibilities. Many organizations, corporations, and institutions provide funding for students for foreign study.
Another resource is your academic department. Many departments have information regarding specific scholarships and/or funding options available for its majors and minors. Below is a brief list of various websites that contain funding possibilities.
This page contains information for US and international students who want to study abroad. It has international student loan program information as well as college scholarship search and grant listings.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
This page contains information about planning your study in the U.S. and the costs of studying.
This website contains useful information and links pertaining to scholarships, financial aid, and loans for international students. In addition, there are links to information about traveling and living in the U.S., calculating college costs, income tax, and much more.
This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click "search for scholarships", and enter "I am an international student" from the drop-down menu.
Financial Aid Officer
This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click "search for scholarships right now", and enter "I am an international student" from the drop-down menu.
International Scholarships contain two databases: basic and premium scholarship search. Use the ‘premium scholarship search’ function to limit your search results to those that apply only to international students. From the drop-down menu, select #2, "I am an international student (non-US citizen) planning to study in the U.S."
Things to Keep in Mind
Make sure the scholarships and grants that you apply to are open to international students. If you are unsure, contact the person or organization in charge of the scholarship.
Allow plenty of time for searching, applying, and receiving any type of scholarship or financial funding. Keep pertinent contact information from organizations and records of your applications for your personal reference.
When applying for scholarships, apply to as many as possible. There are many people like you searching and applying for the same scholarships, so do not worry if you do not receive a reply from every organization.
Do not give up. There are many scholarships, grants, and funding options out there, so continue to check your department and online websites for new additions.
If you are awarded a scholarship or any other type of funding, congratulations! Verify how to obtain the funds, and note any deadlines. Write a thank you note to the institution, foundation, grant committee, etc., to express your appreciation.