Resources for International Students

International students have limited support for their studies in the United States.

International Undergraduate Students

International Undergraduate Scholarship

The International Undergraduate Scholarship awards an annual scholarship of $10,000 for up to four years (each award valued at $40,000 for a period of up to four years).

Scholarship renewal is subject to an annual review. Recipients are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and maintain full-time enrollment.

Tuition Differential Incentive Scholarship

The Tuition Differential Scholarship awards renewable scholarships to freshmen and transfer students. This scholarship covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years or the completion of a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.

Requirements for Freshmen 

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, or Mexican citizen
  • Documentation of permanent residency required
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  •  ACT composite score of 20 or SAT combined score of 1030 or higher
  • Full-time degree-seeking enrollment at UM-Dearborn
  • Renewable with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at UM-Dearborn
Private Scholarships

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.

Private Loans

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.

International Graduate Students

Non-Resident Graduate Tuition Scholarship Program

For graduate students who are classified as a non-resident for tuition assessment, the Non-Resident Graduate Tuition Scholarship Program provides up to 80% of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition assessment.  For newly admitted graduate students in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters (CASL); the College of Education, Health, & Human Services (CEHHS); and the College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS), the awarding process is automated and no separate application is needed.  Students in the College of Business (COB) should submit this brief application form to be considered.  

Eligibility and maintenance criteria are determined by each college.  CASL and CEHHS require a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA to be newly eligible and a 3.2 cumulative GPA to maintain the scholarship.  CECS grants the scholarship to all non-resident admits (no minimum GPA required) and requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA to maintain the scholarship.  COB students must meet minimum GPA, employment, and other criteria listed on the application form. Additional terms and conditions are itemized by each awarding college.

Private Scholarships

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.

Private Loans

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.

Federal Financial Aid

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

Check your documents to see if you qualify as a permanent resident who could be eligible for aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • I-151, I-1551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
Other Eligible Non-Citizens

Check your documents to see if you meet the expanded categories of eligible non-citizens who could be eligible for aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 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)
  • Certain Native American students born in Canada with a status under the Jay Treaty of 1789 may be eligible
  • You hold a "T visa" (for victims of human trafficking) or your parent holds a "T-1" nonimmigrant status
  • You are a "battered immigrant-qualified alien" who is a victim of abuse your citizen or permanent resident spouse or you are the child of person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

There is also limited Federal Student Aid eligibility for the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

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.

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

1183
University Center (UC)
Phone: 
313-593-5300
Fax: 
313-593-5313
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