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International Student Scholarships and Financial Aid

Federal Aid for Graduate International Students

Federal regulations and University of Michigan policy severely limit the types of U.S. Federal financial assistance available to international students. Specifically, international students with F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2; and G series visas are not eligible for federal student aid.

Non-U.S. citizens may qualify for student financial aid programs if they are one of the following:

  • A U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151, I-551, or I-551C)
    • If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid.
  • A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
  • An eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service showing one or more of the following designations:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum Granted
    • Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
    • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
    • Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)

If you meet the above criteria, you may qualify for federal assistance.

Private Educational Loans

  • Some U.S. lenders will provide private education loans for international students who have a qualified U.S. co-signer. Some lenders require that the student have a Social Security number prior to applying. To browse a selection of approved lenders, please visit the FASTChoice Private Education Loans – For International Students. The U of M has not endorsed these programs, but is making the information available to you.
  • The university adheres to a Code of Conduct for Student Loans that prohibits inducements or incentives by private lenders.

Scholarships by Degree Program

Other Possible Funding Sources

For information about financial aid and private scholarships for international students contact:


The Ross School of Business Office of Financial Aid is a satellite office of the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid.  Disclaimer.