As an international student planning to study law at Saint Louis University, financial arrangements must be met before studies begin. If you need assistance with financing your educational expenses, there are three sources of funding to explore: private scholarships for international students, private student loans, and possibly federal student loans. Review the eligibility criteria for each funding source below to determine if you qualify before completing an application.
Private Scholarships for International Students
Many national and international organizations sponsor scholarships for international students who have the desire to continue their education in the United States. Scholarships are funds that do not require repayment. Saint Louis University has compiled a listing of scholarships available to international students. Saint Louis University does not administer these programs. The awarding organizations determine awarding requirements and deadlines. If interested in applying for a scholarship, contact the organization as early as possible for applications, deadlines and requirements. Details of some of these scholarship opportunities are available for review on the International Scholarships page.
Please note, the resource linked above should not be considered a comprehensive listing; additional private scholarships might be available to you. Check information online, but use caution. Remember that you don’t have to pay to find scholarships and other financial aid. Find further information here to avoid scams.
Private Student Loans
Some private lenders offer these types of loans to international students. Loans must be repaid in full and based on the terms of the lender, which will include interest. Most private loans require a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer on the loan. Private loans are based on credit history and the lender has discretion on approval on loan. Most private loan programs have similar requirements and limits. They mostly differ in guarantee, fees, and repayment options. Contact the appropriate lenders for specific requirements and qualifications. Saint Louis University provides a historical list of lenders who continue to participate in the student lending business and who SLU students have used within the last three years.
Saint Louis University does not endorse or recommend any lending institution. Please read and research the various loans carefully to see which loan best fits your needs. More information, including the historical list of lenders can be found here.
Federal Student Loans
This is not a common source of aid for international students. International students on a F1 or F2 student visa, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa or a G series visa do not qualify for federal student loans. However, the U.S. Department of Education offers federal student loans to some eligible non-citizens. Find more information about eligibility criteria for non-citizens here.
To apply for federal student aid, visit https://fafsa.gov/.
If you are interested in finding out more information, either contact the awarding organization directly or call the Office of Student Financial Services at the School of Law at 314-977-3369 or via email.
The School of Law has a long-standing commitment to the study and practice of international and comparative law. Through the Center for International and Comparative Law, our faculty and students engage in a wide range of international activities. Contact the Center for International and Comparative Law for information regarding admission into the LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers or two-year J.D. for Foreign Lawyers programs. For information regarding admission to the J.D. program, contact SLU LAW's Office of Admissions.