Financing & Scholarships


UCSC Financial Aid: International students are not eligible for need-based federal aid, since it is reserved for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, the Financial Aid website has databases of university or private scholarships, grants, and loans that may be open to international students.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators: This organization has helpful resources on how to search for financial aid for your studies in the United States. 

MPOWER Financing: According to US News & World Report, best International Student Loan in 2019

UCSC Scholarships


The Sara Matthews Scholarship, awarded by ISSS, is granted to deserving undergraduate international students of Sophomore or Junior standing at UCSC with a 3.5 GPA or Higher. This scholarship is to help with educational costs. Selected UCSC international students will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000-$5,000.  Applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically.
Applications are currently closed, please check back in February.

Other Scholarships

Global Citizen Scholarship and Women in STEM: The Global Citizen Scholarship scholarship offered through MPower Financing is a scholarship program, which is available to international students attending an accredited U.S. institution. To learn more or start your application, please visit

Deserve: Deserve offers one of the few dedicated scholarships for international students in the U.S. Six undergraduate and six graduate students will be selected to receive $5,000 each towards their studies. The scholarship is open to holders of the F-1, J-1, or M-1 visa. To learn more or start your application, please visit

Study California: The Study California Scholarship will be awarded each fall to three incoming (new) international students planning to enroll at a Study California member institution. The amount of each award will vary from year-to-year but will be no less than $1,000 per student. To learn more or start your application, please visit