Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

International Students

There are limited forms of support to international students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


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.


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.


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):

Permanent Residents

  • 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:

  • "Refugee"
  • "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.