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International students who are Permanent Residents of the United States of America and have an Alien Registration Number provided by the Immigration and Naturalization Service are fully eligible for financial aid through programs sponsored by the United States Department of Education. These students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); these forms are available on the Web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and are also available in the SCO Financial Aid Office.
International students who are not a Permanent Resident of the United States of America, but are able to obtain a credit-worthy co-signer for student loans who is a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident are eligible for a number of loan programs. The terms of these educational loans are quite competitive, and the loans can cover a large portion of educational expenses at SCO.
Canadian students who are not a Permanent Resident of the United States of America and are unable to obtain a credit-worthy co-signer who is a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident have a limited number of loan programs available to assist with educational expenses. Currently, many SCO students who fall into this category are borrowing funds through the Canada Student Loans Program. These loans can cover a large portion of educational expenses at SCO.
Many Canadian students are eligible for federal (Canada Student Loan) and provincial loans; the application process begins with forms provided by your home province (e.g. British Columbia Student Assistance Program). Because those programs may vary by province, and fall outside our area of experience, please contact the appropriate administrative office (e.g. Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology) to pursue these loan programs.