International Students

Federal regulations and U-M policy limit the types of financial assistance available to international students. University admissions policies require that students with F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, and G-series visas have enough resources to meet their expenses at U-M; students with these visas are not eligible for federal student aid. However, some non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for need-based financial aid programs. A paper copy of this information is also available here.

If you are an international student who is eligible for need-based aid, see the information for New Undergraduates or Current Undergraduates to find out how to apply.

The university offers a short-term, low-interest loan for international students enrolled full-time at U-M. It should be used as a last resort in emergency situations. This could include the need to travel home due to a family crisis or a national circumstance. Because this is a loan program, the student must identify sources to repay the loan. Details of the program are listed below.

U-M International Student Loan Program
Sponsor and How to Apply
  • Sponsor:  U-M Office of Financial Aid
  • How to applyContact us to complete an International Student Loan application and attach all documentation including: budget sheet, proof of emergency circumstances and demonstrated ability to meet the majority of attendance costs. 
  • Students will be notified in a timely manner of their loan eligibility, usually within one week after applying.
Eligible Borrower and Loan AmountThe borrower must:
  • Be an international student attending UM-Ann Arbor full-time (12 credit hours per term for undergraduates; 8 hours per term for graduate students)
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Be experiencing an unanticipated financial crisis during the period in which the loan is requested.  Documentation of the crisis is required and includes a budget sheet, proof of the emergency and demonstrated ability to meet cost of attendance. (a crisis does NOT include an increase in tuition, increased need because of family size change or an increase in living costs due to inflation.)
  • Document the ability to meet most attendance costs
  • The amount of the loan will be determined by the student need , but in no case will it exceed $1,500.
Loan Terms, Interest Rates, and Repayment Terms
  • An annual interest rate of 3% will accrue on the loan beginning the day the student receives the loan and ending when the loan has been paid in full.
  • The repayment date of all loans originating in Fall and Winter terms will be negotiated, but it will not extend beyond August 1 of the academic year in which the loan originates. Loans originating during Spring and/or Summer terms must be repaid by December 1. 
  • Students may receive only one U-M International Student Loan per academic year.
  • Students must not have outstanding University Loans in excess of $2,500 (this includes a combination of Emergency Loans, University Loans and International Loans).


For information about financial aid and private scholarships for international students contact:

Private Loans: Some U.S. lenders will provide private education loans for international students who have a qualified U.S. co-signer. Some lenders require that the student have a Social Security number prior to applying. See our Private Loans page for more information. U-M has not endorsed these programs, but is making the information available to you.


A student who is a non-U.S. citizen might qualify for need-based student financial aid programs under the following conditions:

  1. The student is a U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island). 
  2. The student is a U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551 or I-551C). 
  3. The student is an eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) showing one or more of the following designations:
  • Refugee
  • Asylum Granted
  • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
  • Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
  • Victims of Human Trafficking T-visa (T-2, T-3, T-4, etc.) Holder
  • Parolee (The student must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and must be able to provide evidence from the Dept. of Homeland Security/USCIS that he or she in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and intends to become a citizen or permanent resident.)

Eligibility notes: 

  1. If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are noteligible for federal student aid.
  2. If you are in the United States on certain visas, including an F1 or F2 student visa or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, you are not eligible for federal student aid.
  3. Persons with G-series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible. For more information about other types of visas that are not acceptable, check with your school's financial aid office.
  4. Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible only for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) and Federal Work-Study; contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  5. An Authorization for Parole document alone is not sufficient for financial aid.