Financial Resources for International Students

International Student Financial Assistance Program

The Office of International Affairs accepts applications for a financial assistance during each Fall and Spring semester. Financial assistance available through OIA can take the form of a grant or a loan (or a combination of the two) depending on the student's individual circumstances. The application deadline for the Fall semester is October 15th at 5:00 pm, and deadline for the Spring semester is March 15 at 5:00 pm. If the deadline falls over a weekend, the application deadline is changed to the following Monday at 5:00 pm.

Please read all information below prior to submitting an application.

Purpose of the Financial Assistance Program

This fund is intended to assist students whose funding has been negatively and severely impacted by an event that was unpredictable and beyond their control. Applicants are asked to explain what happened to their original source of funding to place them in financial need. Students with no change in funding or situation are not considered.

Eligibility

If you are an IUPUI graduate or undergraduate student from abroad, you may apply for grant or loan assistance if you meet the following requirements:

Selection Process

Preference is given to students who meet the following selection criteria:

These criteria will be used to determine which applicants will be asked to come in for an interview. Once the interviews are completed a committee consisting of OIA staff and non-OIA faculty will review the applications and interview notes. The committee will review your academic records and financial history and may consult with your Academic Advisor. This committee will make the final award and loan decisions.

Award and Loan Amounts

The amount of the award varies according to the financial need of the student. We try to meet the needs of individual students while providing assistance to as many as possible. As there are often many applicants, we are unable to meet the needs of all students. No single award or loan is intended to cover the total living or tuition costs of a student, nor are the funds available to support needs of dependents. Grant awards can only be applied to bursar balances, and cannot be used for a cash refund. Loans are applied to the student account, but a refund may be issued if the account balance is at $0. Usually awards or loans range from $1,000 to $3,000 USD. Applicants are encouraged to consider this award or loan along with other ways to meet their needs. Applicants are allowed to apply during more than one semester, regardless of whether an award or loan was previously granted.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application and attach supporting documents of your financial situation. This should include a letter from your sponsor(s) explaining their current financial situation with a realistic picture of their ability to continue funding. Specific dollar amounts should be included. You can also attach any other documentation that supports your case. (Ex. Bank statements, Newspaper articles, Employment termination letters, etc.) We highly recommend that supporting documents be provided. Without documentation, an application is considered weak. Complete the application and attach supporting documents of your financial situation. This should include a letter from your sponsor(s) explaining their current financial situation with a realistic picture of their ability to continue funding. Specific dollar amounts should be included. You can also attach any other documentation that supports your case. (Ex. Bank statements, Newspaper articles, Employment termination letters, etc.) We highly recommend that supporting documents be provided. Without documentation, an application is considered weak.

    Download Application Form

  2. 2. Ask your Academic Advisor to complete and sign the Plan of Study. Attach this to the application.

    Download Advisor Form

  3. Submit complete application no later than the deadline listed above. (This is March 15 at 5:00 pm for the Spring semester and October 15 at 5:00 pm for the Fall semester.) Applications should be brought to the reception desk of the Office of International Affairs, ES 2126. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Economic Hardship Work Authorization

F-1 students who find themselves faced with severe, unforeseen economic hardship and have been unable to find an on-campus job sufficient to meet their financial needs may apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to accept off-campus employment. The application requires that students have been in full-time F-1 status for at least one academic year. An application fee applies. Please click here for further details.

J-1 students may also apply for a similar benefit. Please consult with an International Student Advisor if you are a J-1 student experiencing severe financial hardship.

If you are having financial difficulty, but your situation does not qualify as severe and unforeseen, please consult with an International Student Advisor. You may not qualify for Economic Hardship Work Authorization, but you may be eligible to use another type of off-campus work permission not based on financial difficulties.

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Student Loans

International Students may apply for student loans. The most common lender is Sallie Mae, although there are other lenders. Sallie Mae offers the Smart Option Student Loan to international students, but they must have a cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Information about this loan can be found on the Sallie Mae website at www.salliemae.com/international/non_us_students/.

Short-Term Loans

The Office of Student Account Services offers short-term loans up to $750 USD which must be repaid within 30 days to avoid late fees. More Information...

For questions or assistance regarding short-term loans, please email bursar@iupui.edu.

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Scholarships

Scholarships for international students are limited, as many programs require that the applicant be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. However, if you are doing well in your academic program, this should not discourage you from searching for scholarships to help fund your study. Following are some sources of scholarship information:

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