International Student Services

Financial Assistance

Emergency Aid Resources

From the Emergency Aid website:
We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal well being. That’s why the three campuses of the University of Washington have Emergency Aid to support currently enrolled UW students.

Other Resources

  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA) This page contains information about planning your study in the U.S. and the costs of studying.
  • Insitute of International Education (IIE) Funding for U.S. Study Funding for US Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Funding for US Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic area
  • EduPASS This website contains useful information and links pertaining to scholarships, financial aid, and loans for international students. In addition, there are links to information about traveling and living in the U.S., calculating college costs, income tax, and much more.
  • FastWeb This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click “search for scholarships”, and enter “I am an international student” from the drop-down menu.
  • Financial Aid Officer This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click “search for scholarships right now”, and enter “I am an international student” from the drop-down menu.
  • International Scholarships International Scholarships contain two databases: basic and premium scholarship search. Use the ‘premium scholarship search’ function to limit your search results to those that apply only to international students. From the drop-down menu, select #2, ‘I am an international student (non-US citizen) planning to study in the U.S.’.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Make sure the scholarships and grants that you apply to are open to international students. If you are unsure, contact the person or organization in charge of the scholarship.
  • Allow plenty of time for searching, applying, and receiving any type of scholarship or financial funding. Keep pertinent contact information from organizations and records of your applications for your personal reference.
  • When applying for scholarships, apply to as many as possible. There are many people like you searching and applying for the same scholarships, so do not worry if you do not receive a reply from every organization.
  • Do not give up. There are many scholarships, grants, and funding options out there, so continue to check your department and online websites for new additions.
  • If you are awarded a scholarship or any other type of funding, congratulations! Verify how to obtain the funds, and note any deadlines. Write a thank you note to the institution, foundation, grant committee, etc., to express your appreciation.
  • Good luck and happy searching!