International Scholarships And Loans
International Student Scholarships
Scholarships are gift aid towards education and can come from different sources, each with different requirements and deadlines.
International Tuition Award
A student must submit an application through Scholarship Universe to be considered for a merit-based award of up to $10,000 which is renewable for 4 years for freshmen and 2 years for transfer students. Students must have a 3.50 GPA or higher to be considered. SAT or ACT are not required.
To help you find scholarships, the University created Scholarship Universe, which matches you with thousands of UA and non-UA scholarship opportunities available throughout the year. UA scholarships are merit-based. These are limited in number and awarded to students with exceptional academic performance.
Tuition Wavers for Students from Sonora, Mexico
A limited number of tuition waivers are available to students from Sonora, Mexico through an agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Comisión Sonora-Arizona. Qualifying students from Sonora who are studying in Arizona may pay in-state tuition for a maximum of two years.
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship supports women from across the world interested in pursuing a career in Technology. Recipients each receive a $10,000 award and will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholar’s Retreat in California.
Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers provides scholarship opportunities for students interested in Engineering. The website contains a database of potential scholarship opportunities. While many require US Citizenship, there are some that are open to international students.
Some UA Colleges/Departments may offer scholarships. Check their websites for possible opportunities.
There are databases of international student aid and scholarship opportunities, for example, educationusa.state.gov, internationalscholarships.com, or fastweb.com. You should never have to pay to use these sites.
Additionally, the University of Arizona’s Office of Global Initiatives provides additional resources that might be helpful.
International Student Loans
Loans are sources of funds that need to be repaid over a set amount of time, and usually with interest. Deadlines may vary.
The Rowe Fund
The Rowe Fund is an interest-free loan program that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States to finance their studies at accredited universities in the United States. Loans can be up to $15,000 USD.
Sallie Mae International Student Loan
Sallie Mae offers a variety of student loan programs for international students studying in the United States. (These loans are provided directly by Sallie Mae NOT by the University of Arizona.)
Instituto de Crédito Educativo del Estado de Sonora Loan
Students from Sonora are also eligible to apply for a low-interest 10-year loan through the Instituto de Crédito Educativo del Estado de Sonora (ICEES) for up to $20,833 USD ($250,000 pesos).
Other Forms of Aid
A sponsored student is any student whose tuition and/or fees are paid directly to the UA by an outside organization that requires an invoice from the University before remitting payment. Students who receive tuition reimbursement or personal payments from an organization are not considered sponsored students. If your government or agency will sponsor you, please contact the Program Director for Sponsored Programs in International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some opportunities for on-campus employment are available to international students. Please check with Career Services to learn more.