- Scholarships and financial assistance for international students on F-1 student visas are limited. There is more money available for graduate study in the United States than there is for undergraduate study.
- International students do not qualify for federally or state funded financial aid programs.
- Some private universities and colleges offer substantial financial assistance to international students, sometimes enough to be competitive with state university tuition. Many state universities do offer scholarships to international students but the amount and number of awards are limited.
- There are many sources for scholarships available but they require extensive research, innovative approaches and patience.
Office of International Education Department Scholarship Application
At least one award ($250 - $1000) will be awarded for PCC tuition and fees for Spring 2013 term.
The PCC Office of International Education Department Scholarship provides assistance to a current PCC international student who, due to personal or home-country circumstances, is in need of temporary financial assistance to continue his/her studies at PCC. Scholarships of $250 - $1,000 will be issued for Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 terms. This is a one-time scholarship and cannot be renewed.
- international student from any country
- active immigration (SEVIS) record
- pursuing a degree at PCC
- demonstrated financial need
- successful completion of at least one term at PCC (Intensive English, ESOL or transfer degree courses
- demonstrated academic progress towards degree
1. Completed Application (Page 2 of this document)
2. 1 page essay (typed, double spaced) Answer the following questions: Why do you need this scholarship? (Explain your financial need, based on personal circumstances or political/financial circumstances in your home-country). What is your financial plan for the term following your scholarship, since this is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship?
3. 1 page essay (typed, double spaced). Answer the following questions: What are your education or career goals? How will an Office of International Education Department Scholarship help you to achieve your goals?
4. Copy of transcript including list of courses for current term.
5. (Optional): Attach any documents that support your need for temporary financial assistance. (For example: doctor’s notes, documentation of significant currency exchange rate changes for your country, legal documents, or other forms of verification or support.
Application Period and Selection Information:
Scholarship application period for Spring 2013 term will be February 11, 2013 – February 28, 2013, with the deadline for submission being 5:00 pm on February 28, 2013. A committee of at least two people will select finalists from all qualified applicants, and finalists will be required to complete an interview with the Director of the Office of International Education before a decision is made.
Loan programs for International Student
- College Board, College Handbook: Foreign Student Supplement by Gregory A. Barnes — a handbook that list schools that offer financial aid to international students (available from the PCC library)
- State and private universities do offer limited financial aid/scholarship funds for international students. Request this information when applying for admissions. The student's major department at the university may also have some scholarship opportunities.
- PCC Foundation Scholarships: Application available from the PCC Development Office on Sylvania Campus (CC 234, Phone 971-722-4385). Apply during spring term, deadline is usually mid-May.
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
- http://www.isoa.org or call 1-800-244-1180