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International Students

We embrace our international students and the unique experience they contribute to the BC community.

Although international students are not eligible for Federal financial aid there are other options for funding your education. We've provided the resources below as a starting point for exploring opportunities to receive fiinancial aid from external sources. We strongly advise international students to research the many available funding options, and to determine your ability to secure funding before applying to Boston College. For more information, contact Student Services or the admission office for your program.

General Information for International Students

Administered by, this website gives you financial information as well as general cultural information about studying in the United States.

International Student Scholarship Information

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is for female international students studying in the U.S. 

International Institute of Education (IIE)
The International Institute of Education highlights fellowships, grants, and scholarships for international students, such as Fulbright awards.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA provides funding opportunities and resources for international students, including grants and scholarships.

International Education Financial Aid
This site lists over 1,000 scholarships, grants and awards for international students.

International Student Loan Information

It is possible for international students to acquire loans from U.S. lending organizations. In some situations, you must apply with a credit-worthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-borrower.

Private loans are available through several lending agencies. Most loans carry a variable interest rate, but there are some that offer fixed-rate loans. Interest rates can also vary widely from lender to lender for the same borrower. We recommend that students interested in a private loan compare rates carefully and know what their monthly repayment schedule will be.

NOTE: Boston College does not recommend any particular lender or group of lenders to its students and families.