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International Student Finances and Scholarships

You will be expected to finance your education for the duration of your study at IIT. Therefore, we require that you submit the Financial Affidavit of Support with your application to demonstrate your ability or the ability of an individual or government sponsor to finance your education. Tuition and fees may change each year, but you can view them for the current academic year.

You must demonstrate that you or your sponsor have available finances (minimum US$50,799)* to meet the educational and living expenses while you are a student at IIT.

* Minimum dollar amount may vary based on any merit-based scholarships awarded.

Merit Scholarships

We are committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student body. International first-year and transfer students will be eligible for a combination of scholarship and grant packages, including merit based scholarships, housing award, and Phi Theta Kappa membership, starting at $10,000 annually. Each application will be automatically reviewed for merit based scholarship. This will be based on academic success, involvement in the community and other achievements.

Dimiter Etimov Scholarship 

Bulgarian citizens, who are accepted for admission to an Illinois Tech undergraduate program, may apply for the Dimiter Etimov Scholarship for full tuition and living expenses. Applicants must have graduated from a Bulgarian high school, and intend to return to Bulgaria after their studies.
Contact: Professor Alex Nikolov at nikolov@iit.edu.

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Online Funding and Scholarship Databases

Fastweb
www.fastweb.com
Searchable database scholarships.
College Scholarships
www.collegescholarships.com
Fee-based scholarship application service.
Funding for United States Study
www.fundingUSstudy.org
Database of over 500 scholarships, fellowships and grants for international students, organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
GrantsNet.org
www.grantsnet.org
Database of grants for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.
International Education Financial Aid
www.iefa.org/public/search.html
Free searchable database of over 800 scholarships and awards for international students. Most are restricted to use at specific universities.
InternationalScholarships.com
www.internationalscholarships.com
Comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other financial aid information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.
InternationalStudent.com
internationalstudent.com/schools_awarding_aid
Database of U.S. higher education institutions awarding scholarships to international students.
Organization of American States' Leo S. Rowe Fund
www.oas.org/rowe/
This program provides loans of up to $15,000 USD for undergraduate students in their last two years of study or any graduate student. It is for citizens of Latin American countries.
NAFSA Financial Aid for Undergraduates
www.nafsa.org/students.sec/financial_aid_for_undergraduate
This resource provides information primarily for students with nonimmigrant visas (F-1, J-1, etc.). Information for permanent residents of the United States is also included.
MyCollegeScholarship.org
www.mycollegescholarship.org
Advice on how to apply for scholarships.
US Department of State - Education USA
www.educationusa.info
The Department of State provides support to a network of Educational Advising/Information Centers around the world. These centers advise prospective international students and other audiences on higher education and study opportunities in the United States.

Foundations

Fellowship Office of Policy and Global Affairs
www.nationalacademies.org/fellowships
The Fellowship Office of Policy and Global Affairs of the National Academies administers pre-doctoral, dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study.
The Foundation Center
foundationcenter.org
The Foundation Center is a fee-based website for institutional grant-seekers.
Institute of International Education (IIE)
www.iie.org
IIE offers programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding provided by government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
www.irex.org
IREX offers various scholarships, fellowships and grants to international students.
MacArthur Foundation
www.macfound.org/programs
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation makes grants through four programs: Human and Community Development, Global Security and Sustainability, the General Program, and the MacArthur Fellows Program.
Open Society Institute
www.soros.org/grants
The Open Society Institute (OSI) of the Soros Foundation administers merit-based grants to international students.
Rockefeller Foundation
www.rockefellerfoundation.org
The Rockefeller Foundation offers grants in four program areas: Food Security, Health Equity, Creativity & Culture, and Working Communities.
Rotary Foundation
www.rotary.org/programs/index.html
Rotary International offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization's ultimate goal of world understanding and peace.
Social Science Research Council Fellowship
www.ssrc.org/fellowships
SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship.