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UNCW Scholarships

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. Below is a listing of UNCW scholarships for international students, and after is a sampling of external 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 

Incoming Undergraduate Degree-Seeking International Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 one time award

Terms: Any incoming undergraduate degree-seeking international student needing F-1 visa sponsorship (excluding TABSA) is automatically awarded $2,000 USD at the time of admission if they have a 3.5 GPA or higher, on a U.S. 4.0 scale for their first academic year of attendance (fall & spring semester). 

Global 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 upcoming academic year.
  • Students must commit to one academic year of involvement/interaction with OISS and int'l students.
  • Students who receive this award will serve as a Global Student Ambassador for the following academic year (fall & spring semester).
  • In order to maintain the scholarship throughout the year, ambassadors have to fulfill ALL of their responsibilities. Otherwise, the scholarship will be suspended.  
    • For information on requirements of being a Global Student Ambassador to maintain the scholarship throughout the year, please click here.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend Ambassador Orientation before the spring semester ends.

Application process:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a one-page essay on how you feel you could support incoming international students 
  • Submit 2 references
  • All documents should be sent to
  • Interviews will conducted in February

Deadline: February 1

Award Winner Announced: Mid April

Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship 

Amount: One-time $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 the potential for service to their home country. Students may reapply each year.

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

Office of International Programs Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Terms: Need-based scholarships for select international students needing F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship.

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, Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs at home or abroad. Students having an 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. candidates from developing countries.


Selective online scholarship.

CollegeWeek Live

Various scholarships are 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.

Rowe Fund

Established in 1948, the Rowe Fund grants interest-free loans to Latin American and Caribbean F-1 and J-1 visa holders completing their last two years of undergraduate or graduate studies in U.S. universities. List of eligible countries. Applications are received and reviewed year-round.
This supplementary financial aid, of up to US$15,000, helps cover a portion of tuition and/or living expenses. More Information | Contact Us | Eligibility Requirements



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.

Paying Your UNCW Bill

All students must pay their tuition & fees by the first day of the semester. Failure to pay your bill in full will result in your courses being canceled. All payments are made to the Office of Student Accounts. If you would like to pay your bill in installments, rather than all at once, you will need to contact Student Accounts to work out that arrangement. The most efficient means for a student using an international bank account to pay student fees is through Travelex's Bank to Bank Transfer.

Please see the Student Accounts website for full details.

Payment Methods

Electronic Check (from a U.S. bank) TravelEx Wire Transfer Credit Card Debit Card Traditional International Wire Payment
Instructions See e-bill tutorial 'How to make an electronic payment' See Student Accounts' TravelEx Instructions See e-bill tutorial 'How to make a credit card payment' See e-bill tutorial 'How to make a credit card payment' Not available.
Advantages There is no 2.75% convenience fee. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Can be used outside the U.S. The wire transfer fee (built into the conversion rate) is cheaper than a traditional international wire transfer fee to the U.S. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Not available.

You must have a U.S. bank account.

If you open a bank account the first day of orientation and start transferring funds to your account within 2 days, your funds should be available to pay your bill by the due date.

The owner of the funds must print out the request form and take it to the bank in person. If the funds belong to you, your parents cannot take the form to the bank for you.

It may take several days between the time you print the request form, take it to your bank, and the payment is received on your UNCW bill.

UNCW charges a 2.75% fee on all credit card payments (minimum of $3). This is in addition to any international currency conversion fees your bank may charge. UNCW charges a 2.75% fee on all debit card payments (minimum of $3). This is in addition to any international currency conversion fees your bank may charge. Not available.
U.S. bank account required? Requires a U.S. bank account. No. Usually, only credit cards issued by U.S. banks are accepted. But sometimes other credit cards will work. Usually, only debit cards issued by U.S. banks are accepted. But sometimes other credit cards will work. Not available.

Understanding Your Bill

Charges that are waived

Charges that are waived: If you are an exchange student, you will be granted a UNCW tuition waiver (similar to a voucher payment) for your tuition and tuition-related fees. The UNCW tuition waiver will usually be applied to your UNCW Student account by the first UNCW payment deadline (regular student payment deadline, not exchange student deadline).

Charges you must pay

If any of the following UNCW charges are on your student account, you will need to pay the charges in full.

  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal Plan
  • On-Campus Mailbox ($11/semester)
  • International Student Health Insurance
  • Student ID Card ($20)

Review your student account periodically

Most UNCW Student account charges will be applied to your account by the beginning of the semester. However, it is important that you periodically review your student account to make sure your bill is paid in full.