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OISS Funding

OISS Funding

OISS has a few methods of offering assistance specifically for international students and scholars who have a demonstrated financial need.

  • International Student Emergency Tuition Award (ETA): For a limited number of F-1 and J-1 students who experience financial hardship in the last two semesters of their degree program. For doctoral students who are all but dissertation, the award will cover one credit. For others, typically the award covers the cost of up to three credits. ETA is now open. Application deadline is 05/15/2022. 
  • The Lillian Kumata Scholarship Program, through Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), provides a limited number of need-based, partial tuition scholarships to MSU international students and scholars and their spouses for the fall and spring semesters, up to $2,500. Apply through the CVIP website.

  • OISS International Student Emergency Assistance Award: Awards provide emergency assistance for enrolled F-1 or J-1 international students who are in critical, financial distress during their studies at Michigan State University: OISS is able to provide emergency financial assistance for international student drawing funds from the David D. Horner International Student Scholarship Fund or the International Student Emergency Fund. OISS also may utilize internal funds to support students. Typically, funds awarded are in the amount of $1,000 or less and are based on student need. Requests for larger amounts are accepted but may only be partially funded. The funds normally cannot be used for tuition expenses, but in rare circumstances exceptions may be made. Students may qualify for an Emergency assistance award one time during their degree program, although any multiple requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    To apply for emergency assistance from OISS, please complete the OISS International Student Emergency Assistance Award e-form. If you have any questions about your financial concerns or this application, please consult your OISS advisor.

    If you would like to support international students in financial need, you can donate to the David D. Horner International Student Scholarship Fund or donate to the International Student Emergency Fund.


International Student Essay Contest

Win prize money by writing an essay about your experiences as an international student in the United States.


Global Spartan Leadership Program

A competitive selection program for undergraduate students during fall and spring semesters that requires weekly seminar participation, writing and speaking assignments, and service-learning. Students must commit to participate in both fall and spring semesters and are awarded an $8,000 scholarship upon successful completion of program requirements.