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How Can A Non-U.S. Citizen Get Financial Aid?

Hi Judge Josh!

I’m writing you a question on behalf of a friend. She’s from Germany, and a German citizen, but married to a coworker of mine in the U.S. Navy and working here with a valid green card and visa. She wants a college education – but she is blown away by how expensive college in the U.S. is. She has no idea how to pay for it.

She checked with a couple of college counselors, who referred her to some websites for scholarships, but they were all for U.S. citizens. She wants to pursue psychology, but she has a very vague idea of what she wants to do. She just knows she wants ‘more’ and to ‘be a part of something bigger’. She loves to help people, and she has a very understanding heart, so I think she’d be a great counselor.

Awesome! We could always use more people in America who love to help others.

We’ve heard that everybody and their mother has studied psychology and they rarely end up make a living off of it. So – like many people, she isn’t sure if she should go to college at all until she knows what to do. She doesn’t want to negatively impact her, and especially her husband’s, savings to go after something she’s

unsure of. (we are talking community college prices, not just large university.) That can be a vicious cycle, though.

How do you find what you want to do if you aren’t exposed to it? She works at Macy’s for now, and she likes it, but it isn’t what she wants to forever.

So the long and short,

Do you know of any scholarships for non-U.S. citizens? Any advice for her her in particular?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read!

Thank you for stopping by, Randi!

Sure, there are lots of places to look for financial aid for non-U.S. citizens.  Firstly, you mentioned that she is a permanent resident (a.k.a. has a green card).  This is good, because as such, she can actually qualify for Federal Student Aid.  Here’s some more information about that.

Also, tell her to Google scholarships for non-U.S. citizens (or even more narrowly, meaning there will likely be less competition – for non-citizen permanent residents).  There are many of them out there.  Now, some of them aren’t just for non-citizens – instead, many of them are based on other merits, but non-citizens are eligible to apply as well.  That being the case, be sure to read the fine print.  On its face it may not say anything about non-citizens, you may have ot read more closely to see if she qualifies.

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