International students are generally not eligible for the same kinds of financial aid that American students are eligible for; however, there are some scholarships and other programs available for international students at Illinois State.
Most international students work on campus to earn money. On campus employment is a very standard part of the university experience for Americans, too. Most international students are allowed by immigration regulations to work no more than 20 hours each week.
Students with the J-1 visa must receive work permission from the Office of International Studies before starting employment. This is an Immigration law.
While international students are usually not allowed to legally work off campus according to immigration laws, some students may be eligible for such employment due to an unforeseen, serious financial hardship. Never work off campus before first speaking with your International Student Advisor.
The Office of International Studies and Programs offers a merit-based Global Outreach Scholarship for new degree-seeking international students. This scholarship provides a partial tuition-only waiver valued at approximately twenty-five percent (25%) per semester of the most current international tuition for undergraduate or graduate students. Learn more about the Global Outreach Scholarship.
This is a $44,000 total award ($11,000 per year renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen. Students who are eligible for the Honor's Program and have at least a 30 ACT (1340 SAT) will be invited to apply. Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship. In order to be eligible, international freshman students must have an official ACT or SAT score.
This is a minimum $24,000 award (minimum $6,000 per year renewable for up to four years) for new freshmen from traditionally underrepresented groups, or first generation college students who have overcome hardship in achieving their academic goals. Minimum credentials required to be invited to apply are an ACT score of at least 25 (1150 SAT) and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the University Scholarship. In order to be eligible, international freshman students must have an official ACT or SAT score.
This is an award ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, for new freshmen. Minimum credentials for consideration are an ACT score of at least 25 (1150 SAT) and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the Redbird Academic Scholarship. In order to be eligible, international freshman students must have an official ACT or SAT score.
Transfer Student Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious award for transfer students attending Illinois State University. The awards are valued at $2,000 per year for two years for a total value of $4,000. The awards are based on academic merit rather than on financial need. Students are invited to apply and must have at least a 3.5 college GPA or higher and 30 credit hours completed at the time of enrollment.
Many graduate students apply for graduate assistantships or graduate teaching assistantships. Assistantships are jobs that include a small stipend or salary and include a full payment of your tuition (called a "tuition waiver"). The total financial benefit is generally almost enough to cover all of a student's expenses during an academic year. Please contact your academic department if you are interested in a graduate assistantship or search for assistantships online at HR.IllinoisState.edu/Student.