Funding is quite limited for international and other non-immigrant students once they have been admitted and arrive on campus. However, below are the sources of possible financial support that students can consider to help them complete their degree at Goucher:
- Apply to be a Resident Assistant, First Year Mentor or other on campus opportunity that involves a stipend.
- Apply to work on-campus in an hourly position. The best time to arrange on-campus employment is at the beginning of the fall semester through Goucher Recruit or the Campus Job Fair. In addition to organizing the fair, the Career Education Office offers additional resources for seeking on-campus employment.
- Get involved on campus and create academic work that is worthy of being nominated for one of the Goucher awards that include a monetary prize.
- Apply for summer research/work through academic departments or offices that have events through the summer that will cover the cost of summer housing.
- Although rare and competitive, look for scholarship opportunities and essay competitions that would award funds. See below.
- Apply for a loan with a U.S. cosigner, someone who is willing to be held responsible to pay back your loan if you are unable to do so. See below.
- F-1 students who have experienced an unexpected change in their financial situation could consider applying to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for economic hardship work permission after the first academic year in status. However, students should consider factors such as how off-campus employment could impact academic performance, the hours that they are available to work, and additional expenses such as the work permit application fee, clothing and transportation in order to secure and retain the job.
- Students with emergency situations or financial needs that were unexpected and beyond their control should speak with Karen Sykes, the International Student Advisor, for assistance.
Following are a list of web sites that were created, in part, to assist international and non-immigrant students in locating scholarships, awards, and loans. Please let us know if you discover other helpful sites.
- International Student: A site created for international students with many resources such as international student scholarships and loans.
- Student Competitions: A database of competitions, some of which are for international students.
- International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) : A database of international student loans and scholarships.
- Federal Student Aid: Information about financial aid for non-citizens and undocumented students.
- EduPass: Financial Aid for International Students: A site that was created for international students with a section devoted to financial planning and resources.
- The Scholarship Page: A scholarship search engine.
- FastWeb: A scholarship search and application tool.
- International Student Loan: A site that provides information and access to student loans.
- Financial Aid and Undocumented Students: Questions and answers about federal financial aid eligibility for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.
- TheDream.US An organization that provides Dreamers an opportunity to realize their college dreams and give back. Scholarships are awarded annually.