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International Student Financial Aid

Financial aid for international students is very limited and highly competitive. Since they are not eligible for federal or state financial assistance, international students are only eligible for a CalArts scholarship and/or CalArts work-study, if they qualify.

We encourage international students to be fully prepared to fund their education and living expenses for the entire length of their time at CalArts. International students coming to the U.S. on a student visa are expected to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to them to support their living costs as well as their educational expenses while in the U.S. It is very important that international applicants plan for their overall financial needs for the entire length of the program.

How to Apply

Complete the CSS PROFILE online to be considered for CalArts grants and scholarship awards. (The CSS PROFILE is only available online.)

  • Be sure to list California Institute of the Arts, CSS Code #4049.

IMPORTANT: The CSS PROFILE requires a credit card to pay the registration fee. The fee for the initial application and one college or program report is $25. Additional reports are $16.

Students must complete all required information. If you experience difficulty while filling out the PROFILE, please contact The College Board at 305-829-9793.

Tuition Payment Plan

CalArts offers a payment plan through Tuition Management Systems that allows students to divide their tuition (and on-campus housing) payments into monthly installments. The payment option is available for a small enrollment fee and includes personal account service, automated account information 24 hours a day and access to your account through their website.

Other Resources

The best source of financial assistance for international students is often in their home country. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources in the United States are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Therefore, students should make every effort to identify potential funding sources before coming to the United States.

Scholarship Resources for International Students

The American-Scandinavian Foundation
http://www.amscan.org

Asian Cultural Council
http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org

BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship
http://www.bafta.org/losangeles/news/bafta-los-angeles-scholarship-2014-applications,4034,BA.html

Canadian Educational Planner
http://canlearn.ca

Canadian Scholarship Portal
http://scholarshipscanada.com

College Board – Paying for College
http://www.collegeboard.org/paying

Education USA
http://www.educationusa.state.gov

Edupass! The smart student guide to studying in the US
http://www.edupass.org

Fastweb Scholarship Search
http://www.fastweb.com

FinAid! The smart student guide to financial aid
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/international.phtml

Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program
http://www.fordifp.net/index.aspx?id=10

The Hellenic Times Scholarship
http://www.htsfund.org/guidelines.html

The Houtan Scholarship Foundation
http://www.houtan.org/application.asp

Institute of International Education
http://www.iie.org

Institute of International Education - Fulbright Fellowships
http://www.iie.org/fulbright

International Education Financial Aid
http://www.iefa.org

International Federation of University Women Fellowships
http://www.ifuw.org/fellowships/index.shtml

International Students Organization in America
http://www.isoa.org

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund
http://www.iasfund.org

Iranian Scholarship Foundation
http://www.iranianscholarships.com

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation
http://www.kasf.org

Momeni Foundation
http://momenifoundation.org/bod.htm

NAFSA - Association of International Educators
http://www.nafsa.org/students.sec

OAS Rowe Fund - Up to $15,000 interest-free loans for study in the U.S.
http://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/

Open Society Institute (OSI) Grants and Fellowships
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship

Organization of American States (OAS) Grad. Fellowships
http://www.educoas.org/portal/default.aspx?culture=ePEO

International Peace Scholarship
http://www.peointernational.org

Tan Kah Kee Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship
http://www.tkk.wspc.com.sg/tkk/foundation/post_eng.shtml

U.S. Journal of Academics
http://www.usjournal.com

U.S. Network for Education Information
http://www.ed.gov/NLE/USNEI/us/studyus

Last edited by rbaileychen on Feb 21, 2014
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