Possible Financial Assistance Options for BU International Students
in F-1 or J-1 Status

Students in F-1 or J-1 status must be registered each semester (Fall and Spring) in order to legally remain in the United States as international students. While international students are not eligible for U.S. federal or State financial aid programs, there are some options available.

U.S. Bank Loans

International students must have a US citizen or US permanent resident co-signer in order to obtain a US Bank student loan.   Visit Financial Aid Services for more information http://bingfa.binghamton.edu

International Student Grant-in-Aid

Awarded each semester due to unanticipated emergencies, grants range from $200-$700, must be a BU student for at least one year at the time of application.  Application deadline is announced each semester in ISSS-BU News.

BU Foundation Emergency Loan Fund

Students in F-1 or J-1 status may apply for a loan through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for $100, $200 or $300.  The loan is due in six weeks, and there is a small processing fee.  No interest is charged.

On Campus Employment

Immediately available (if F-1 or J-1)
Job opportunities may be limited
Limited to 20 hrs per week (total for all jobs worked) when classes are in session, full time during vacation periods

Curricular Practical Training

USCIS employment benefit for work related to the field of study, including internships
Student must be in F-1 status, currently registered and full time for two consecutive semesters
No filing fee, takes 7-10 days to process
Must have job offer

Off Campus Employment Based on Economic Hardship

USCIS employment benefit for part time off-campus employment (full-time in summers or vacation periods)
Student must be currently in F-1 status, registered full-time and has been full time as an F-1 for two consecutive semesters
$340 filing fee (currently) and takes 90 days to process
Significant level of documentation required.  See
Valid for one year if approved, can be renewed

External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards for International Students

Funding for US Study Database:

The Leo S. Rowe Fund: awards interest-free loans to citizens from Latin America and Caribbean countries to finance their US higher education: http://www.oas.org/rowe

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund: funds to support graduate study for women from developing countries, sponsored by the World Bank:

American Association of University Women International Fellowships: funds to support graduate study for women

PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund: funds to support graduate study for women http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projectsphilanthropies

Additional Resources for Students with Emergency Situations

For students who do not have appropriate clothing or enough to eat, please come to the ISSS and request to meet with an advisor.  There are local and campus resources to which students may be referred.

Students with questions or concerns on this topic are strongly encouraged to request an appointment with an advisor in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).  Appointments may be made by visiting the office or by calling 607-777-2510.


Last Updated: 8/28/14