Financial Facts for International Students
First Year Students
To receive your Student Visa, you presented both the U.S. government and Liberty University with official documents proving sponsorship for one full year. You are not eligible for increased financial assistance during your first year.
What if I do not have enough money to purchase all of my textbooks?
Use the LIBRARY! Sometimes you can check out books.
Share a textbook with another student.
Request that the library borrow books from another school if they are not here (interlibrary loan)
Find cheaper books online. Bigwords and AddALL are two websites that help you search for books. Please note that it is important to have your books shipped to you in less than 14 days. Other options may be cheaper, but you may not get your books in time for class.
If you have trouble locating a book for a particular class, discuss this with your professor. He or she may have other options for you to consider.
What if I have a financial emergency?
The Office of International Student Services has a small amount of emergency scholarships as part of the University Endowment Fund. These funds are only available to students who will graduate within the next 2 semesters.
Students should contact the Financial Aid Office (Student Service Center--Green Hall) for an Endowment Scholarship application.
Can I borrow money?
To borrow money you will need a US Citizen or US Legal Permanent Resident to co-sign a loan. A co-signer is a person who agrees to pay back the loan if you do not.
A co-signer has to have "good-credit" which means they have a history of paying bills. Generally young people or those who are new to the U.S. do not have "good-credit" yet.
Can I qualify for additional scholarships?
Scholarships for international students are given prior to arrival.
The Office of International Student Services does not have scholarships available for current students.
"College Work Study" is a federal program for American students. International Work scholarships are very limited in number and when a spot opens it is given only to a new incoming student. Current students are not eligible to apply.
If you have good grades you can apply for an honors scholarship during the spring of your freshman year.
If you are responsible, you can apply for an Resident Assistant (RA) or Spiritual Life Director (SLD) position. These both come with scholarships.
You can apply for athletic scholarships. Please see the coach of the sport you are interested in.
Look for outside scholarships. Please note that outside scholarships can be difficult to find. You can search online, but be careful to never give personal information or to pay money to apply.
Who do I talk to about my financial problems?
Your International Student Advocate is the best person to talk to about your financial concerns.