Financial Aid Resource for International Education

March 31, 2009

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This document is one of several new Web-based resources called NAFSA e-Publications. E-Publications offer special features including Web pages, downloadable and printable PDFs, and customized tools.

Financial aid is perhaps the largest barrier students face when studying outside their home countries. This financial aid resource is designed to help both students and the international education professionals who work with them.

NAFSA will update these pages regularly so that students and professionals may continue to benefit from the most recent and comprehensive information available.

For Advisers

Financial Aid Basics for Advising Undergraduates:

Advisers will also find valuable information in the resources for students below.

For Students

NOTE: This resource is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research. No endorsement of any resources compiled by NAFSA: Association of International Educators is intended or is to be inferred.


NAFSA gratefully acknowledges the Lee Foundation for underwriting this project.

Stacy Johnston, editor, expresses her gratitude to NAFSA and the many organizations and individuals who offered guidance and resources to this project.

Thanks to the members of NAFSA's Financial Aid and Resources for Study Abroad Subcommittee (FARSAC) and to Sandy Gault, Liz Lee, Ravi Shankar, Arlene Snyder, and Nancy Stubbs for providing a critical foundation upon which to build this Web resource.

Additional thanks to the following individuals for their assistance:

  • Michelle Arellano, University of Kansas
  • Bridget Carey, Western Illinois University
  • Lisa Chieffo, University of Delaware
  • Michael Dean, Old Dominion University
  • Thuy Doan, University of Minnesota
  • Andrea Fish, Northwestern University
  • Jenna Graff, University of Wisconsin at Osh Kosh
  • Linda Heaney, Linden Tours
  • Amy Henry, Georgia Tech University
  • Barbara Lindeman, University of Missouri
  • David Prejsnar, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Tami Scheibach, Emory University
  • Michele Schieb, Mobility International USA
  • David Schug, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rodney Vargas, Duke University
  • Angi Yucas, University of Pittsburgh

About the Editor

Stacy Johnston is a high school counselor in suburban Philadelphia. She received her Master's Degree in School Counseling from Arcadia University in 2004. While completing her graduate study, she served as a graduate assistant within Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad. An alumna of Beaver College (1996), Stacy worked for the Center for Education Abroad in a variety of roles, from work-study student to program coordinator. Stacy studied in England at the University of York and Lancaster University. She and her husband (also an alumnus of the College and of CEA) have supported Arcadia University's commitment to international education by offering each semester since 1998 a small scholarship to an Arcadia student who wishes to study at either York or Lancaster University.

Notice of Liability

The information in this document is distributed on an "as is" basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, neither the author(s) nor NAFSA shall have any liability to any persons nor entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instruction(s) contained in this document. Please note that while NAFSA periodically checks and updates the Web site links included in this e-Publication, NAFSA cannot guarantee that every link to another institution's Web site is current.

Acceptable Use Guidelines

Electronic resources are provided for the benefit of the international education community. However, commercial use, systematic or excessive downloading, or electronic redistribution of this publication are all expressly prohibited.