International Students

Federal financial assistance may be available to international students who qualify as eligible non citizens. Generally, a student is an eligible non citizen if the student is:

  • A U.S. permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • A conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
  • The holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing one of the following designations:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum Granted
    • Parolee
    • Cuban-Haitian Entrant

To be considered for federal financial assistance, eligible non citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, eligible non citizens must meet all other requirements necessary to receive federal financial assistance. (For more information, see the Eligibility section of this web site.)

Students that are neither U.S. citizens nor eligible non citizens are not eligible for federal financial assistance. However, these students may still be eligible for other types of aid such as university-based scholarships. For more information, students can contact the UNC Center for International Education.