F-1 and J-1 students are required by law to provide evidence of financial support sufficient to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for their degree program as a first step to be issued the immigration form I-20 or DS-2019. While the expectation is that the student will be financially capable of paying tuition and living in the U.S. on the funds demonstrated, the OIE is aware that financial circumstances can change. The information in this section of the website is intended to provide information on financial resources available to international students at Georgia Tech both at the time of admission or if you experience financial hardship and would like to consider different financial options to complete your degree at GT. Please review the information below and come speak to an international student advisor during walk-in hours if you have follow up questions.
Traditional on campus employment will not cover the costs of tuition and living expenses. On campus employment should be viewed as an opportunity for students to use existing skills, learn new skills and earn some money to suppliment the funds that are already available to pay for tuition and living expenses. Any job on campus that is paid by Georgia Tech or by a firm that provides services for Georgia Tech students (e.g., a job at a restaurant in the Student Center, or at the Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech Bookstore) is considered to be on-campus employment.
F students: Any F student in good standing is eligible to work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session, or full-time (more than 20 hours/week) over school breaks and summer vacation.
No formal authorization is required, but you MUST be maintaining F-1 status and will need a letter from an advisor to get a SSN. F students can request an SSN letter in iStart using the SSN Letter Request for F-1 Students e-form.
J students: Any J student in good standing is eligible to work on campus part-time (up to 20 hours/week) while school is in session, or full-time (more than 20 hours/week) over school breaks and summer vacation.
J students must request authorization using the On-Campus Work Authorization in iStart and will be issued an SSN letter if they do not already have an SSN.
A great way to search for employment on campus is to utilize the Student Center employment resources. Please see their website on working at GT, including the Student Center Jobs Board and the Campus Jobs Board. Many international students also find success is work as a tutor for Student Athlete Services.
An international internship or co-op provides students the opportunity to gain experience in their field, determines if they have an interest in a particular career, exposure to cross cultural communication and learning, and academic credit through an international work assignment. An internship may be paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). The duration can be from 10 weeks to one year.
Students do not pay tuition when they complete an international internship/co-op.
More information about Global Internships.
Study Abroad @Georgia Tech
Out of State Students pay the in-state tuition rate +$651 GT Campus Technology Fee/Board of Regents Fee + a $250 out of state fee for most programs.
Note that for Georgia Tech Lorraine, students pay the in-state tuition rate+651 GT Campus Technology Fee/Board of Regents Fee + a $3,500 out of state fee.
Find more information about GT’s study abroad programs at oie.gatech.edu/content/study-abroad.
Georgia Tech Financial Aid Information
International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid programs, and institutional scholarships administered by GT Financial Aid are often not awarded to international students due to donor requests. International graduate students should contact the Graduate Coordinator for their academic department to request information on available funding.
Privately funded loan programs are available to international students, but most require a co-signer who is a creditworthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent U.S. address. The GT Financial Aid Office works with students to coordinate these loan programs. Please visit http://finaid.gatech.edu/loans/private for more information.
International students who have an unforeseen financial situation may be eligible for the Emergency Tuition Loan administered by the Office of Financial Aid at the beginning of each semester. These loans are available on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
The GT Office of Financial Aid also recommends these possible solutions:
Work directly with the bursar's office if there is a small delay in payment (i.e. an international wire payment is taking longer than expected).
Payroll deductions for graduate assistants
Take advantage of the Bursar's payment plan. For more information, visit www.bursar.gatech.edu/content/georgia-tech-payment-plan.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance Resources for International Students
"NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education." The NAFSA website provides tools to search for scholarship and funding for international students with non-immigrant visas. While you should conduct your own search of resources available from NAFSA's website, please see the following two websites in regarding to financing an education in the U.S.
- Financial Aid for Undergraduate International Students
- Sources of Funding for for Post-Secondary Study in the United States
- International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
Additional resources to include in your search of funding for international students studying in the U.S.:
- American Association of University Women
- MacArthur Foundation
- Fulbright Program for Foreign Students
- International Peace Scholarship
- Chinese Scholarship Council
- King Faisal Foundation Scholarship Program
Loans through U.S. Lending Institutions
Many U.S. lenders allow international students to receive loans from them, but these loans typically require a U.S. cosigner. If you will pursue this type of loan, please do your research to ensure that both you and your U.S. cosigner are aware of all benefits and restrictions.
Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund
The Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund was set up in support of Mrs. Clough's passion to help international students experiencing unexpected and non-recurring financial obstacles. Funds from the Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund may be used for two different purposes:
- Emergency funding for international students experiencing a situation that is critical in nature.
- Participation in an academic or leadership conference that the international student may not otherwise be able to attend.
For more information and to apply, please use the Anne Robinson Clough International Student Fund e-form in iStart found under the Programs and Events menu.
The Klemis Kitchen operates under the idea that no student at Georgia Tech should go hungry. If you are struggling to finance your next meal, you're invited and encouraged to seek help through Klemis Kitchen: klemiskitchen.gatech.edu.
Out-of-State Tuition Waiver for F Undergraduate Students
Georgia Tech’s Office of International Education is able to administer the undergraduate out-of-state tuition waiver to current students holding F-1 visas and experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties that could prevent students from reaching their academic goals.
Undergraduate out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded to a limited number of students who are able to demonstrate they are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. The waiver is not a scholarship, but rather a way for students to continue their studies during short periods of financial stress. Therefore, this waiver should not be seen as a long-term solution to ongoing financial stress.
F Undergraduate students interested can find more information on the website and apply in iStart. The Undergraduate Out-of-State Tuition Waiver e-form can be found under the Programs and Event menu. Applications for Fall 2017 Waivers will open Tuesday, May 30th.
Deadline for Fall 2017 Waiver is:
Friday June 30, 2017 at 4:00pm
More information can be found at oie.gatech.edu/undergraduate-out-state-tuition-waiver.
Off-Campus Employment Authorization Based on Economic Hardship
(available only to F students)
Under certain circumstances, an F-1 student may apply for “off-campus employment based on economic hardship.” Conditions creating this economic hardship include loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault of the student, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, and medical bills or other substantial and unexpected expenses. The above circumstances must be documented.
This authorization is granted through USCIS and takes an average of three months to process. Off-Campus Employment Authorization Based on Economic Hardship should not be considered a quick alternative, but rather should be part of a long-term plan to complete your degree.
For more information, please speak with an International Student Advisor.