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Information for International Students

Determining Federal Student Aid Eligibility

Most foreign citizens are not eligible for federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education.There are, however, some instances in which noncitizens may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. federal government. Visit for additional eligibility information. If you are an eligible noncitizen, you must enter your eight or nine digit Alien Registration Number (ARN) when completing the FAFSA.

To qualify for federal student aid, certain eligible noncitizens must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that they are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Documents that establish aid eligibility for noncitizens must be properly endorsed and unexpired. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will notify you how to submit the required documentation. 

View Your Financial Aid Offer

Visit our Financial Aid Offer page for more information about when and how you can view your offer.

Private Loans

Some private loans are available to international students. If you do not meet credit, income, or employment guidelines, you will need an eligible creditworthy cosigner (typically a U.S. citizen or permanent resident).

The yearly amount borrowed cannot exceed your annual cost of attendance minus other financial aid resources. The loan amount is for the entire year and will be disbursed in two equal amounts—one-half for fall semester and one-half for spring semester—unless otherwise designated. Miami will accept private loans from any private lender.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

The guiding principles for ensuring the integrity of the student aid process and the ethical conduct of employees in regard to student loan practices are provided in the Miami University Student Loan Code of Conduct.

Finding Employment

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.

Contacting Miami University

Prospective and current international students may obtain helpful, detailed information by contacting the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Contact the One Stop

The One Stop assists Miami students and authorized family members with billing and payment, financial aid, registration, and student records.