Just like many U.S. students choose to spend time studying abroad, many international students choose to study in the United States. Here are two great resources for students considering traveling to the U.S. to further their education:
educationUSA — advising centers from the U.S. Department of State
eduPASS — a guide to studying in the U.S. including travel and customs
I recently answered an Ask the Expert question about student loan availability for international students. I wanted to share that information with the rest of the Student LownDown readers. Here’s the scoop…
International or not, students should always apply for federal aid first. However, most foreign citizens aren’t eligible for student aid from the U.S. federal government. There are some cases where non-citizens may be eligible for financial aid. Students should check out this online guide to federal student aid for international students to see if they qualify.
After federal aid, international students could consider private student loans. Many lenders will ask that international students who apply have a cosigner who is a U.S. citizen. Cosigners assume equal liability for the loan, so this is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.
For our international student readers, what has been your experience with American financial aid? How does the process work in your own countries?