Financial Facts for International Students
First Year Students
In order to receive an F-1 visa, students are required to present official documentation (within 6 months) to both Liberty University and the U.S. government proving sponsorship for one full academic year. Students are not eligible for increased financial assistance during their first year.
Can I borrow money?
In order to borrow money a student would need a US citizen or US Legal permanent resident to co-sign on a loan. The co-signer would be responsible for the entire balance if the student is not able to pay.
A co-signer must have good financial credit history in order to be approved. New or recent immigrants are not likely candidates for approval.
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.
Students that had a good high school GPA and test scores may apply for an honors scholarship during the Spring semester of their Freshman year.
Students interested in pursuing spiritual leadership on campus may apply for a Resident Assistant (RA) or Spiritual Life Director (SLD) position. These positions provide scholarships for the recipients.
Students are welcome to search for outside scholarships. If searching online, please be careful for scams and never give out personal information or pay money to apply. Students may come into the International Student Service center and rent our scholarship binder which contains a limited number of outside scholarship sources.
Please keep in mind that F-1 students are in the US on the basis of full sponsorship for schooling, therefore, working to support oneself in lieu of receiving sponsorship cannot be condoned.
F-1 students can ONLY work on-campus during their first year of classes.
The only available type of positions for International Students are the “Work Assistant” positions listed on the Human Resources website. These positions are limited to 18 hours per week, typically starting at minimum wage.
Only eligible applicants at the time of admission can apply for work supplement positions, this position cannot be applied for by current students.
Who do I talk to about my financial problems?
Your International Student Retention Specialist is the best person to talk to about your financial concerns.