Financial Aid for International Students
Citizens and Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. Living Abroad
Scholarships: To be considered for merit scholarships, you must have filed your completed application for admission not later than February 1. There is no separate scholarship application. Once you have been offered admission to the College, your file will be given scholarship consideration. Scholarships are determined on the basis of academic preparation and performance, standardized test scores, class rank teacher recommendations, and personal essay, with the strongest emphasis placed on academic performance.
Need-Based Aid: Students need to fill out the FAFSA Online and list Hiram College as a school to receive the results of the FAFSA. For complete information about need-based aid for citizens and permanent residents living abroad, refer to Financial Aid for Traditional College Undergraduates page.
Although Hiram College does not offer need-based aid to international students, there is a generous program of merit-based scholarships. These scholarships range from $3,000 to $18,000 per year and are renewable annually for up to four years of study. To be considered, you must have your completed application for admission into the Admission Office not later than February 1. There is no separate scholarship application. The files of all students admitted to the College will receive scholarship consideration. Both the Admission and Scholarship Committees evaluate each student's application file in its entirety. This review includes academic preparation and performance, standardized test scores, class rank, teacher recommendations and personal essay, with the strongest emphasis placed on academic performance. Scholarship recipients are notified by February 15.
Loan Options for International Students
There are a number of agencies that will lend to international students. Typically these lenders require you to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, may apply for an alternative loan, but not always. Because it is a loan, the student is responsible for repayment. Repayment typically begins after you graduate, leave college, or drop below half-time (6 credit hours). Failure to repay this loan affects both the borrower and the co-signer's credit rating.
Please note: although the use of these loans is helpful in meeting educational costs, these loans cannot be used as part of the financial documentation for a Form I-20.
Information about these loans is available online at: