Resources for International Students
There are limited forms of support to international students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
- Eligible Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants, or Mexican citizens may be eligible for the Non-Residential Tuition Differential Scholarship as either an incoming freshman or a transfer student undergraduates.
- Graduate students may be eligible for assistance from their individual colleges. Each college (Engineering and Computer Science, Business, Arts, Sciences and Letters, and Education, Health and Human Sciences) has their own Graduate Admissions Office.
There are a number of private scholarship websites that are geared to international students. These websites are excellent resources and dedicated to promoting international study.
- IEFA: International Education Financial Aid
- Institute of International Education
- International Scholarships Online
- Scholarships Canada
- International Student Exchange and Study Abroad Resource Center
There are also private loans that are available to international students. Typically international students are eligible only with a creditworthy cosigner, who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Some lenders require that the student borrower have a Social Security Number.
- Discover Student Loans
- Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
- Global Educational Management Services (GEMS)
To qualify for need-based aid from federal and university sources, students must be a U.S. citizen or national or be an eligible non-citizen. Eligible non-citizens include student who have one of the following USCIS (United States Citizenship Immigration Services):
- I-151, I-1551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
Other Eligible Non-Citizens
An Arrival-Departure Record (1-94) showing one of the designations to be considered eligible:
- "Asylum Granted"
- "Indefinite Parole" and/or "Humanitarian Parole"
- "Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending"
- "Conditional Entrant" (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
A Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464) does not provide an eligible status for federal student aid.
Students who have a visa status of F-1 or F-2, J1 or J2 or G series are not eligible for any federal student aid.
The Office of International Affairs is a resource for all international students. It is located at
780 Town Center Drive, Room 108, Dearborn, MI 48126. Many services are provided and can be a great assistance to students.