Financial Aid and Scholarships

There is very little financial aid for foreign international students. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources are restricted to US citizens. This site presents more information about financial aid and scholarships for international students. 

Valdosta State University is pleased to be able to award International Student Scholarships (ISS) or out-of-state tuition waivers to qualified students. In this section you can find the guidelines for applying for the ISS scholarship together with the scholarship application which needs to be completed and returned to the Center for International Programs. You can also search for a variety of scholarships that can sponsor your educational needs by studying the resources provided in the end of this section.

Application Guidelines and Requirements for International Student Scholarship and Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Valdosta State University 

International Student Scholarship Requirements

For Graduate and Undergraduate Students

  • The International Student Scholarship (ISS) is a full waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition and allows international students to pay in-state tuition and fees.
  • Students who receive this award will still be required to pay in-state tuition.
  • The completed International Scholarship application must accompany the application for admission if you wish to be considered for the award.
  • To avoid delays in your admission to the university, it is important to submit all admissions materials along with the ISS application.
  • Scholarship Application deadline for Fall semester is March 15th  and October 1st for Spring.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in by the end of October and March respectively.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants who come to VSU from overseas.
  • Qualified students who transfer from other US colleges and universities will be considered if funding is available.
  • The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated academic ability, evidence of extracurricular involvement, and financial need.
  • Once a student has received the scholarship, it will be renewable for the duration of the initial degree program as long as the student meets both academic and service requirements and maintains appropriate immigration status.
  • If you GRADUATE and return to Valdosta State University for another program (ie, graduate school), you will have to submit a new scholarship application.
  • In order to keep a scholarship, a student must meet both academic and service requirements:

Academic Requirements

  • Carry a full academic load of 12 hours each semester as an undergraduate or 9 hours /6 hours as a graduate student ( depending on the program/major)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Maintain appropriate immigration status at all times
  • Obey immigration regulations, university policy, state and local laws

Service Requirements:

Students with a full out-of-state tuition waiver must participate each academic year in:

  • The International Dinner  (late March or early April),
  • Homecoming Week activities in October & International Education Week in November

AND

  • Donate an item (souvenir) from your home country. Souvenirs will be added to the international club’s collection and will be used for various cultural presentations and festivals.

VIOLATIONS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS, UNIVERSITY POLICY, OR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ARE GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE REVOCATION OF THE SCHOLARSHIP. SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE REVOKED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN STATUS (FAILURE TO MAINTAIN FULL-TIME ATTENDANCE OR FOR WORKING OFF CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION). SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE REVOKED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A 3.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE. SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE REVOKED FOR FAILURE TO COMPLETE SERVICE REQUIREMENTS.

The scholarship is awarded for one degree only Students seeking a second undergraduate or second graduate degree are not eligible for the scholarship a second time.

The Scholarship is awarded for the entire year, including summer semester. Scholarship applicant's grades and service activity will be reviewed each semester.

Undergraduate students who meet the requirements will be eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years. Graduate students who meet the requirements will be eligible for the scholarship for a maximum of two years.

Students who fail to maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or who fail to complete service requirements will be given one semester to correct the situation.  If the requirements are not met in that semester, the scholarship will be revoked. Students who fail to maintain 3.0 GPA for any two semesters during their university stay will lose their scholarships.

If you have questions about your scholarship, contact us via the web form.

Mail the attached application for the International Student Scholarship with your application for admission to:

International Student Services
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698 USA
Fax: (229) 245-3849
Email: iss@valdosta.edu

Deadline: March 15th for Fall & Summer Semester, October 1st for Spring Semester. 


The application for admission, the application for the International Student Scholarship, all transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements, TOEFL scores, and the certificate of finances must be received in the Center for International Programs.

Please Note:

Many students apply for this scholarship each year. Because only a limited numbers of scholarships are available, you should not depend on receiving the scholarship when you complete your Certificate of Finances.

Please be sure to complete your application carefully. Messy and incomplete applications are disqualified.

More Financial Resources

Follow this web site for more information on financial aid and scholarships for international students:

The following document provides a large selection of international student scholarships.

Some international organizations offer funding for graduate students to study in the US. These include the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), AMIDEAST, the International Maritime Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the League of Red Cross Societies, the Soros Foundation, the World Health Organization, and the World Council of Churches. These awards are extremely competitive.

You should also consider searching the free databases of scholarships on the FinAid site, since some of them include scholarships for international students. The FastWeb database, in particular, has good coverage of the awards available for international students.