International Financial Aid
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships and awards is available for international students. Once a student completes his application file, he will be automatically considered for any qualifying scholarships and awards.
Undergraduate students are eligible for the following scholarships:
- Liberty Champion Award
- First Year $1,000, Second Year $2,000, Third Year $2,250 and Fourth Year $2,750.
- Academic Achievement Scholarship--$1,500 to Full tuition yearly
- Academic Honors Scholarship--$4,000 yearly
- Early Deposit Award--$250 to $2,000 the first year only
Graduate students are not eligible for scholarships from the Office of International Student Services. Please ask your Admissions Counselor if you have questions.
International students are eligible for loans only if they have a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident willing to "co-sign" for the loan. Generally this will need to be someone close to the student as it involves responsibility for the loan in the case that a student cannot pay.
Scholarships After Arrival
All available scholarships for first-time students are awarded prior to arrival. There are no additional international scholarships available after arrival. The scholarship amount shown on your I-20 will not be adjusted after arrival during the first year.
However, students who do well academically may be eligible for an Honors Program. This scholarship has very high requirements and students will have to take more challenging courses to retain it. Students may also try out for an athletic scholarship. Finally, students who are responsible may apply to be a Student Life Director or a Resident Assistant in their junior or senior year. Both of these positions come with scholarships.
It is very important to note that scholarships do not increase after arrival. Students will need sponsorship for all four years!
On-campus employment is available to international students who have a U.S. Social Security Number. However, student worker jobs are limited, and students cannot be guaranteed employment. Students who obtain a campus job can expect to earn approximately $1,500 per semester by working 18 hours per week. Campus jobs are often difficult to find.
Off-campus employment is not available to international students during the first year of school. Off-campus employment is available only to students who receive special work authorization from the U.S. government and only under special circumstances.
Students cannot earn enough money to pay their school bill. This is why it is very important that the student's sponsorship lasts for four years. Please remember that the F-1 visa is given for the purpose of study. Work as an F-1 is a privilege, not a right, and opportunities to do so are available on a very limited basis.