Financial assistance from UNCW for international students is extremely limited, since the out-of-state tuition at UNCW is lower than at many comparable institutions.  As such, we urge international students to look for outside sources of funding to help defray costs. The following are a sampling of websites that offer scholarships or loans to international students:

UNCW Scholarships


First-Year International Student SAT Scholarship 

Amount: $5,000 per academic year, up to $20,000 USD.

Terms: Students that submit an SAT score of 1300 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math sections of the new SAT or an ACT score of 30 or higher may be eligible for $5,000 per year.

Contact: Office of Admissions at 

F-1 Visa Incoming International Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,500, split up to $1,250 each semester during the first year of attendance.

Terms: Any incoming degree-seeking international student attending UNCW for the 18-19 academic year on an F-1 visa is eligible to apply for this scholarship. This is only open to incoming F-1 students, not current F-1 students and the award is only applicable for the first year of attendance at UNCW.

Application: To apply, submit a one page essay on why you would like to attend UNCW. Please email all application submissions to

Deadline: April 16

Award Winner Announced: Late April 

International Student Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: $2,000, split up to $1,000 each semester for one year (fall & spring semesters).


  • Only current international students on an F-1 visa are eligible to apply.
  • To be eligible students must be on track to be full-time current students for the 18-19 academic year.
  • Students who receive this award will serve as an International Student Ambassador for the following academic year (fall & spring semester).

Application: To apply, submit a one page essay on how you feel you could support incoming international students to

Deadline: April 16

Award Winner Announced: Late April

Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship 

Amount: $1,800 for the academic year.

Terms: Recipients of the Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship must have completed at least one semester at UNCW and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5. The Rotary Club of Wilmington expects that students demonstrate potential for service to their home country. Students may reapply each year.

To apply, students must submit to the Office of International Programs:

External Scholarships 


Funding for U.S. Study

Funding for US Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Funding for US Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas. 

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

Free online scholarship search service designed for international students.

Computer Science Scholarships, 2017

Computer Science scholarships will provide excellent financial inducements for students wishing to study undergraduate, graduate, PhD and postdoctoral programs at home or abroad. Students having interest in technical and professional fields opt computer related courses for the sound knowledge and perfection of the stream.

International Scholarships for PhD Programs, 2017-2018

Variety of scholarships available for PhD students.

International Student: International Financial Aid

Comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs. 


Free online scholarship database for international students wishing to study worldwide.


Free online scholarship search service designed for international students.

Scholarship Experts

Free online scholarship search service designed for international students.

College Board

Free online financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all college-bound students, including permanent residents and international students wishing to study in the United States.


Free online scholarship search service.

The World Bank

Scholarships for graduate and PhD candidates from developing countries.


Selective online scholarship.

CollegeWeek Live

Various scholarships available for international students of all levels. 


Free online scholarship search service with a variety of scholarships available to international students.


MindSumo partners with Fortune 500 companies to create business and engineering "challenges" for students to solve. They use challenges to provide small scholarships for students who need help paying for college, international students are eligible. 


Scholarships for Development, is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education.



The Rowe Fund

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to US$15,000 dollars.

International Student

ISLP is an alternative loan program for international students to study at approved US colleges and universities. 

CanHELP-Students from Canada

CanHELP is an alternative loan program for Canadian college and university students to study in the USA and approved schools throughout the world. 

Credila Financial Services-Students from India

Credila Financial Services offers private education loans to students from India. Credila is a subsidiary of the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), the largest mortgage lender in India.

eduPASS Loans

Loans available for international students.

Global Student Loan Corporation (GSLC)

GSLC offers student loans for international students that do not require a US citizen or permanent resident to co-sign the loan.

Citizens Bank

Loans available to international students with U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signers.

StudyAbroad Loans

Loans available to international students with U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signers.

If you would like general information on Scholarships and Financial Aid,
please check the
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.