For over 160 years, Hiram College, in partnership with families committed to high quality private education, has been helping students pay for college. Proof of our commitment is evident through the Tuition Guarantee and Hiram College Global Scholarship Program.
In addition to your family and Hiram College, there may be scholarships, grants and loans available from your government or local organizations, foundations, and businesses in your home country. Other sources may include humanitarian organizations seeking to promote international education and cultural exchange with the U.S. Among these are the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Council of Churches, and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Since funding from these organizations is very competitive and subject to various restrictions (age, course of study, ethnic origin, etc.) it is important to begin your financial planning early, search out appropriate programs, and submit all applications prior to the posted deadlines.
Hiram College offers a unique way to help make college more affordable. While tuition at many other colleges and universities usually rises between five and 10% every year, the Hiram College Tuition Guarantee locks in tuition for each student at his or her first-year rate. The annual cost for tuition will not increase for a student from the first year through the student's fourth year at Hiram. While students at other institutes of higher education are never certain what type of annual tuition increase they will encounter, Hiram students will know: there will be no increase. As result, Hiram families can plan ahead for expenses and achieve significant savings during the four years of education.
International applicants are eligible to compete for merit-based Global Scholarships. In the current year, Global Scholarship awards average $18,000 per year for on-campus residents. For students 23 years of age or older who elect to live off-campus and commute to Hiram, the maximum Global Scholarship is $16,000 per year. Scholarships are renewable annually for up to four years of study.
To insure full consideration, a completed application for admission should be received no later than February 15 for the fall intake and no later than October 1 for the spring intake.
There is no separate scholarship application. The application for admission and its supporting documents serve both for the admission and scholarship process.
Students are encouraged to seek funding from sources other than the College. Outside scholarships support does not reduce the amount of Hiram Scholarship unless the combined total exceeds the cost of attendance.
- Supplementary Grant Program Asia (SGPA) for students from Myanmar
- Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for women entering the field of computing and technology
- Rotary International-Rotary Foundation scholarships for international undergraduate students. Students are expected to serve as ambassadors of goodwill through appearances before Rotary clubs. Funding amounts are variable and there are no restrictions on the area of study.
- Zonta InternationalYoung Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Awards encourage secondary school women (21 years of age or younger) in selected countries worldwide, to pursue careers and leadership positions in social policy-making, government and volunteer organizations. Applicants must apply before entering college.
- Zonta International scholarships in selected countries worldwide for women in business. Applicants must be either undergraduate juniors or seniors and demonstrate achievement in business-related courses.
Searching for Scholarships and Grants
Websites that provide free information on international student scholarships:
While there are other organizations and agencies that offer to conduct scholarship searches for a fee, use caution before paying for such a service. With some diligent research on your part, you can find the same information at no cost. Also beware of scholarships that require a fee as part of the application process. Legitimate scholarship foundations do not charge application fees.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides various forms of funding for students pursing full-time, undergraduate university study. Hiram College is an OSAP approved school. Please consult the OSAP website (https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal) to determine eligibility for funding that can be used to offset educational costs at Hiram.
Several agencies will lend to international students. Typically these lenders require you to apply with a co-signer. A co-signer is someone who is legally responsible for undertaking loan repayment if you are unable to do so. The co-signer must:
- be a lawful Permanent Resident (green card) or citizen of the U.S.,
- have good credit,
- and have resided in the U.S. for two years prior to the loan application.
Your co-signer can be a family member or a friend, a close relative or a member of your extended family. Since finding a co-signer can be time-consuming, it is important to begin the search early so you will be ready when it is time to apply for admission.
Loan repayment typically begins after you graduate, leave college, or drop below half-time (6 credit hours) and failure to repay affects both the borrower's and co-signer's credit ratings. Although the use of these loans is helpful in meeting educational costs, these loans cannot be listed as part of the financial documentation for a Form I-20.
Hiram College does not recommend or endorse any specific agency or program. Information about some of these loans is available online at:
Indian students can also apply for an alternative loan through Credila, available online at http://www.credila.com.
Caribbean and Latin American students The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund, offers interest-free loans to competent students from Latin American and Caribbean countries. These funds are designed to help students finance the final two years of undergraduate studies at accredited universities within the United States.
Canadian students have access to the Canadian Student Loan Program, an alternative loan program for study in the USA. Students may borrow up to the full cost of education, including tuition, fees, and room and board.
On average, international students at Hiram earn approximately $400 - $500 per school year in an on-campus job. This is approximately 2-4 hours of work per week. Most campus jobs pay a minimum of $7.30 per hour while a few may pay more depending on responsibilities and prior experience. Immigration regulations governing student visas limit the number of hours an international student may work on-campus during term time and they do not permit off-campus employment.
Students should not rely on employment of any kind to cover a significant portion of undergraduate school fees. Campus employment is not included as a resource on the Form I-20 and immigration regulations restrict off-campus employment for non-U.S. citizens, as it is very difficult to obtain an off-campus work permit. During the visa application process, the consular officer will expect a student to present financial documentation showing adequate educational funds are available for immediate use before issuing the F-1 student visa.