Financial Aid for International Students
Financial Assistance & Scholarship Resources
Since international students are not eligible for federal and state funded "financial aid" options, all international students are required to show proof of funding for a minimum of one year with the expectation that students will continue to have access to that funding throughout their education. In some cases, there are unexpected changes in a student's financial situation that require a student to seek external support to continue their studies. Below are a list of resources available through the Berkeley International Office and other sources that can help international students with unexpected financial challenges supplement their resources and complete their degree programs.
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Need-Based Awards from the Berkeley International Office (BIO)
Need-based BIO awards are intended for those students in the most financial need, and are not intended to provide long-term support. These awards include Undergraduate & Graduate Tuition & Fee Awards, Undergraduate Need-based Scholarships, and Graduate Student Parent Awards. The application period typically occurs at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. For details about these awards, see Need-Based Aid Sponsored by Berkeley International Office.
The Berkeley International Office administers a medical fund to help international students who experience unanticipated medical costs. The maximum award is $500 and the medical fund award is paid to the medical provider directly. The fund cannot be used to reimburse students for expenses or applied to accounts that have already been paid. Applications are available at the Berkeley International Office.
Shih Loan Program
The Shih Loan provides long-term loans that are interest-free while the student is pursuing his/her degree. Loans must be repaid beginning six months after the completion of studies. For details about the program, please see the Shih Loan Program.
The International House Short-Term Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to international students and scholars who experience an immediate short-term financial need. Loans are available up to $2,000 and must be repaid on a monthly basis within four to six months from the date of receipt of the loan. The source of repayment must be verifiable. To complete the application procedure, make an appointment with the Loan Coordinator, 510-642-2196.