When applying for federal or state financial aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen. (Undocumented students can apply for state financial aid using a separate state financial aid application.)
You are considered an eligible non-citizen if you meet ONE of the following criteria:
- You are a U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Card (I-551).
- You are a conditional permanent resident with an I-551C card.
- You have an Arrival Departure Record (I-94) from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) with any of the following designations:
- asylum granted
- victim of human trafficking
- T-Visa holder
- Cuban-Haitian entrant
Other Resources for International Students
If you do not qualify for state or federal aid, you still may be eligible for aid from alternative sources. Use the following links to explore and research your options:
- Financial Aid for International Students
- Foreign Nationals Seeking Funding for Study in the United States
- International Education Financial Aid Center
- International Student Loan Center
Many schools award grants to international students. Be sure to check with the schools that interest you to find out if institutional aid is available to you.
For general information about studying in the United States, visit Study in the USA.