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. 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.
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 International Young 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. Additional scholarships for women in business-related courses.
- The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF). The MMMF awards educational grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills.
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.
Canadians from Ontario
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.