Your first rule of survival as an international student is to rely primarily on your personal financial resources and that of your immediate family in your home country or here in the U.S. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid and there is very little financial aid available from private sources. Of the few private scholarships available for international students, most require that you apply from your home country. If you are already in the US, you might not be eligible.
Suggestions for Funding
Full time international students in F-1 status are eligible to work part-time on campus for up to 20 hours per week. Please check with campus departments for available openings. F1 students are not eligible for "work study" positions as those are funded by the federal government. Please set up an appointment with your International Student Success Coach for more information.
Off Campus Employment
After one year in F1 status, international students may be eligible to work part time off campus in Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training, or Off Campus Employment due to economic hardship. Please set up an appointment with your International Student Success Coach for more information.
Broward College Scholarships
Some Broward College Foundation Scholarships are available for international students who maintain a 2.5 grade point average. These scholarships are advertised in Foundation Scholarships with a specific deadline set for each academic year. Some departmental/talent awards (student life, student ambassadors, music, athletics), are also available. Please check with the specific department to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.
If you are a Broward College student, click here to be considered for a scholarship.
Scholarships (Non-Campus Based)
International student scholarships to study in the United States are quite limited and highly competitive. Please note that some scholarship search firms charge a fee for information that is available free of charge. Please do not waste your money by subscribing to them!
Here are some resources:
Florida Linkage Institutes
Florida Statute 288.9175 establishes Linkage Institutes between postsecondary institutions in the state of Florida and foreign countries.
The primary purpose of these institutes is to assist in the development of stronger economic, cultural, educational, and social ties between this state and strategic foreign countries through the promotion of expanded public and private dialogue on cooperative research and technical acceptance activities, increased bilateral commerce, student and faculty exchange, cultural exchange, and enhancement of language training skills between the postsecondary institutions in this state and those of selected foreign countries.
Each institute is allowed to exempt up to 25 full-time equivalent students per year from the respective host countries to study in any of the 12 state universities or 28 state colleges in Florida as resident students for tuition purposes.
Students must return home within 3 years after their tenure of graduate or undergraduate study for a length of time equal to their exemption period.
Florida Linkage Institute Directory
University of Florida/Miami Dade College
University of Central Florida
Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago)
Florida International University/Daytona Beach Community College
China (citizens of China from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan)
University of West Florida
Florida State University
Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan)
University of Central Florida
University of South Florida
Florida Atlantic University/Broward College
University of West Florida
Florida International University
West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)
University of North Florida
In several countries, cooperative and thrift societies are viable sources of loans for international students. However, such sources of loans are severely limited in the United States. Most of those available are quite expensive and require international students have a US citizen or permanent resident as co-signer. Some suggested web sites that require co-signers include:
www.teri.org (needs co-applicant to be a credit worthy US citizen/Permanent Resident who has resided in the US and worked with same employer for at least two years.)
http://www.key.com – for parents/guardians of international students. The loans are available to US citizens/permanent residents.
Sources of financial aid are publicized exclusively in foreign language newspapers and web sites that are published in the US. We suggest you try calling the editor of such newspapers/websites to see if they know of any possibilities For example, a member of the community might be willing to sponsor your education. You could contact your countries nearest educational advising center/consulate for information about local sources of support. Your home government may have financial aid available. Please consult the cultural section of your embassy or your ministry of education for more information. Some awards may require you to be nominated by your government. There may also be private organizations, businesses, foundations, and religious groups in your home country that may provide support for study in the US.