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International Student Financial Aid

In order to apply for FederalState, and Institutional sources of financial aid, students must be one of the following:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • U.S. National (including natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
  • U.S. Permanent Resident with an I-551, I-151 or 551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card), or a Passport or I-94 form with a stamp indicating I-551 status.
  • Eligible Non-Citizen with an INS Arrival Departure Record (I-94) form with one of the following designations: "Refugee", "Indefinite Parole" and/or "Humanitarian Parole", "Asylum Granted", "Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending", or "Conditional Entrant" (valid only if issued before 4/1/1980)
  • Temporary Resident with an I-668 Card.

If you meet one of the criteria listed above, then you are eligible to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA form). By completing the FAFSA form, you are applying for Federal, State, and Institutional aid. Please keep in mind that the priority deadline for financial aid at Frostburg State University is March 1. For more information on how to complete the FAFSA, please see the section of this website entitled "Applying For Aid."

If you are a student holding one of the following Visas, you are NOT eligible for Federal, State, or Institutional financial aid:

  • Student Visas (F1 or F2)
  • Exchange Visitor Visas (J1 or J2)
  • G-Series Visas (international organizations)
  • Non-citizens with only I-688A or I-688B cards
  • Non-citizens with only a notice of approval to apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464)
  • Non-citizens with only Family Unity Status (Form I-797).

If you are a student who falls into one of the categories listed directly above, who is not eligible for Federal, State, or Institutional aid, then please read below for more information on other sources of funding.

Institutional Grants & Scholarships for International Students

These awards are limited and are awarded by the Center for International Education (CIE) upon a student's acceptance to FSU.  For more information on these awards please visit the Center for International Education's section of the Frostburg State University website. 

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for students possessing an F-1 or J-1 visa, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and who have been admitted to one of Frostburg State University's graduate programs. Applicants must apply and are chosen by program supervisor based on academic qualification, experience, and professional goals. Awards are given for the academic year only and summer positions are limited. Awards may be renewed if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and remains in good academic standing. These awards cover the cost of tuition for up to 30 credit hours per academic year and recipients also receive $5,000 in an annual stipend.

For more information on Graduate Assistantships please see the Graduate Study section of Frostburg State University's website.

International Graduate Fellowships

Six International Graduate Fellowships are available each academic year for students possessing an F-1 or J-1 visa, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and who have been admitted to one of Frostburg State University's graduate programs. Applicants must apply and are chosen by a review committee based on academic qualification, experience, and professional goals. Awards are given for the academic year only. Awards may be renewed if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and remains in good academic standing. These awards cover the cost of tuition for up to 30 credit hours per academic year and recipients also receive $6,500 in an annual stipend.

Outside Scholarships

You may use the following websites to search for private scholarships for international students.

International Scholarships - http://www.internationalscholarships.com/
FASTWeb - http://www.fastweb.com

Rowe International Awards

Rowe International Awards - Rowe Emergency Awards are available to support the special needs of international students entering the U.S. for study at FSU. Awards may be based on demonstrated financial need, and are available for full-time undergraduate and graduate international students accepted to FSU. Please contact the Center for International Education by calling (301) 687-4714 for additional information.

 

Private Alternative Loans

International students may be eligible to borrow a private alternative loan if they obtain a creditworthy cosigner who is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. For more information regarding private alternative loans, please see the section of this website entitled "Alternative Loans." You may also use the following website for more information on private alternative loans:

Loans for International Students - http://www.edupass.org/finaid/loans.phtml

One resource available for international students studying abroad in the USA is eduPASS, which contains information specifically for international students. You may access eduPASS by visiting http://www.edupass.org/.