Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If students need to obtain financial aid or an international scholarship, the best place is to look in your home country. Student loans and scholarships may be available from your government, local businesses, organizations and foundations.

Other resources may be international humanitarian organizations that want to promote international education and cultural exchange with the US. Included in these organizations are the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the League of Red Cross Societies and the World Council of Churches. Financial aid and scholarships from these organizations are very competitive, so start the search early. Please exercise caution in your search as CSUN will not be held liable for the contents of the below websites and does not endorse scholarship search engines for which there is a fee.

Helpful Websites

Below are some links for websites that may provide some additional information:

  • is an online financial aid resource for international students wishing to study in a foreign country.
  • provides access to loans for non-U.S. students wishing to study in the USA, U.S. citizens studying abroad, and Canadian citizens studying abroad.
  • The International Education Financial Aid Page- features a searchable list of grants, scholarships and loan programs for international students.
  • eduPASS, The Smart Student Guide to Studying in the USA- provides excellent articles, charts and links about financing college.
  • is a database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
  • The Fulbright Program- provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Established in 1946, Fulbright aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.
  • Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation- administer a broad range of humanitarian and educational programs designed to improve the human condition, world understanding and peace. Learn more about Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University teachers and World Peace Scholarships for study at their Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • GrantsNet- features a database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. Post-graduate status is necessary for most awards without U.S. citizenship requirements.
  • The Foundation Center- is an online resource devoted to foundations that fund individuals. The site also features a section for international grant seekers!
  • The Open Society Foundation- supports the development of an open society through funding specific educational opportunities around the world.
  • Mobility International USA- offers a top-notch Financial Aid Resource Sheet for people with disabilities. The organization empowers disabled people around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training.