Determining Federal Student Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for federal student aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. In general, an eligible non-citizen is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a citizen or lawful permanent resident as determined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Elgible statuses include the following:
Documents that establish aid eligibility are the Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551). Both forms are referred to as green cards, though they are not green in color. Permanent residents may also present an Arrival/Departure Record (CBP Form I-94) or the new Departure Record used at land border ports of entry (Form I-94A) with the proper endorsement.
Student employment is available on campus. University employers do their own hiring, and you are responsible for finding a job. You can search online for a listing of campus jobs. As an international student, you do not need any special authorization to work on campus. However, the Office of International Education advises that you not work during your first semester at Miami.
Miami's Department of Human Resources (15 Roudebush Hall) coordinates all student employment. If you have a Permanent Resident card, you will need to have it, along with your proper identification (i.e., passport), to complete your Student Employment Payroll Registration form. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen or are a Resident Alien with a green card, once you have a campus job, you will need to go to Payroll Services to submit your tax information before your Student Payroll Registration form can be processed.
For other employment opportunities, such as Optional Practical Training (OPT), Curricular Practical Training (CPT), or J-1 Academic Training, see the Office of International Education.
Contacting Miami University
Prospective and current international students may obtain helpful, detailed information by contacting the following resource: