Financing the costs of a full-time education can be challenging. Here are some resources to assist you in meeting your costs. For more information, speak to an international student advisor.
International students are usually eligible to work on-campus on a part-time basis up to 20 hours per week while taking classes. For current listings of on-campus jobs, go to the Career Center web site.
International Student Emergency Financial Aid
International students who suffer an unexpected financial hardship may be eligible to apply for limited financial assistance through the Office of International Affairs. Examples of unexpected hardship include loss of financial support due to a family or home country crisis or currency devaluation. Students must meet with an International Student Advisor to complete this application process.
Severe Economic Hardship Employment Authorization
Severe Economic Hardship is a work authorization immigration benefit that international students may be eligible to apply for based on hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control. These circumstances may include a loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs, or unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses. For more information or to learn more about how to apply and costs meet with an International Student Advisor.
The Women’s Center has a number of scholarships and assistance programs available to women. They can help with textbooks, childcare, scholarships and more.
Scholarships Outside the UO
There are many free services to search for scholarships outside the UO. These are 2 websites that may help you get started.
- SALT is a free online program geared towards helping University of Oregon students. Note not all information is applicable to international students.
- IEFA- Note this is not a UO website and the UO is not responsible for any content on this site.
Ask about scholarship opportunities any place where you have a connection:
- Clubs, societies, or fraternal organizations
- Your place of worship
- Places of business, large or small
Short-Term University Loans
The University of Oregon has limited funds available for short-term emergency loans to current University of Oregon international students. A typical loan is approximately $200 - $300 and must be repaid within 90 days. For further information, please make an appointment with an international student advisor. Loans may be made at any time during a student's academic program.
Non Monetary Support
- Textbooks are on loan for 2-4 hours of time for students who want to save money on purchasing books. Check with the library for what books are available, but they typically stock the expensive books for large classes.
- There are 24 hour lockers available for students to use in the library stairwell. The code is programed into the lockers for students to store their things for free.
- A lending library of books is available in the Center. Book Aid is a limited assistance fund for students with financial need in purchasing textbooks. The application is available on their website.
- The Student Food Pantry operates on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 pm at 1329 E 19th Street.
- Emergency Food Pantry System program provided by Food for Lane County. An individual showing up at a food pantry location needs to declare his/her name and show evidence of residence, such as an utility bill.