Financial Aid For International Students

International students are at a disadvantage financially when attending American colleges because most scholarships, loans and grants are reserved for U. S. citizens. Some colleges, however, are trying to improve the financial aid picture for students from other countries. Click here to learn more about NVCC.

One of the leaders in attempting to provide financial aid for international students is the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), which has 38, 166 students in six campuses (Woodbridge, Annandale, Manassas, Loudoun, Springfield, Alexandria) and three learning centers (Arlington, Reston, ELI). From one-fourth to one-third of the students are from other countries. NVCC is popular with a large number of foreign-born students who choose to live in Northern Virginia and at other locations in the Greater Washington, D. C., area.

Tuition and fees for international students at NVCC are stiff, however, at about $8, 700 annually. These students also have living expenses unless they can live with relatives in the Northern Virginia area. Living expenses for a nine-month academic year typically range from $5, 400 to $7, 000. There are no dormitories at NVCC; therefore students must share apartments or live in rooming houses. To help these students, NVCC administers the Goodwill Scholarship Program, which provides students with grants of up to $1, 000 annually. The scholarships are funded with donations from families in the Woodbridge area and from local radio personality Chris Core.

For more scholarship information, call 703-33-3023.

The available resources do not meet the overall need for financial assistance for international students, and other private parties are encouraged to make donations directly to the NVCC Foundation, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003. Specify: Goodwill Scholarship Program. For more info visit NVCC Login.

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