Monterey Institute of International Studies

International Students

Students at the weekly Farmer's Market in downtown Monterey.

If you are an international student, you can take advantage of the scholarship and other financial aid opportunities listed below.

Merit Scholarships

All admitted international students are considered for the Monterey Institute Merit Scholarship, ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 per academic year. To be considered, please submit your completed application by one of our priority scholarship deadlines.

We also encourage you to apply for other scholarships. For your convenience, the Office of Student Financial Planning has compiled a list of Outside Scholarships that provide scholarships, fellowships, and grants to international students.

Federal Funding

Please contact the ministry of education, or closest education advising center in your home country, to learn more about federal funding opportunities.

Find an Education USA office near you that provides resources and scholarship information to international students.

Private Loans for International Students

How to Apply

If you are interested in receiving a private student loan, please apply online to complete the Monterey Institute Financial Aid Application at your earliest convenience.

After reviewing your financial aid application, we will email you your award letter offer with instructions on how to apply for a student loan with a lender.  When your loan is approved, the lender will send us a certification request to certify your student loan.  Funds are then made available to the Institute for student financing.

International students may obtain private education loans with the support of a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To qualify for these loans, a co-signer must have:

  • Lived in the U.S. for the past two years
  • Have an acceptable credit history
  • Have two years of employment history, and have current income to qualify for this loan.

Choosing a Lender

If you and your family are considering a private education loan, you can use the California Private Loan Marketplace to instantly and accurately compare rates and terms from multiple private loan lenders. This will help you make an informed decision about the most appropriate loan and/or lender for you. The Marketplace displays products from local and national lenders, complete with detailed listings of APRs, interest rates, total cost, monthly payments, borrower benefits, fees and repayment options.

Keep in mind that not all lenders participate in the California Private Loan Marketplace. Learn more about private loans, including a list of all lenders participating in the student loan program.

The Monterey Institute does not offer a list of preferred lenders. If you need help selecting a lender, please refer to our online list of things to consider when choosing a lender. You may choose any lender that participates in the private loan program. The Monterey Institute of International Studies Office of Student Financial Planning does not receive, and will not accept inducements from lenders in exchange for promoting a particular loan. In addition, the Monterey Institute does not share in the profits from student loans. Borrowers are welcome to choose any participating lender.

    Campus Work-Study Program

    International students who have a F1 or J1 visa may work on campus for 20 hours a week through this program. You must obtain a Social Security number to work in the US. If you do not have one, please visit the Office of International Services for more information. Learn more about campus job opportunities.