For International Students

We embrace our international students and the unique experience they contribute to the Simmons community. In order to encourage and accommodate international applicants, Simmons University offers a limited number of merit scholarships. International first-year students are eligible for merit scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $21,000 and international transfer students are eligible for merit scholarships up to $6,000. Exceptional international students who are active in their communities may be eligible to receive our $21,000 Presidential scholarship. For details on these awards and other specific options, please contact the Office for Undergraduate Admission. Graduate students should contact their program's admission office, as merit scholarship opportunities vary by graduate school.

We've provided the resources below as a starting point for exploring opportunities to receive financial aid from external sources. We strongly advise international students to research the many available funding options, and to determine your ability to secure funding before applying to Simmons University. For more information, contact Student Financial Services or the admission office for your program.

General Information for International Students
Administered by, this website gives you financial information as well as general cultural information about studying in the United States.
International Student Scholarship Information

International Institute of Education (IIE)
The International Institute of Education highlights fellowships, grants, and scholarships for international students, such as Fulbright awards.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA provides funding opportunities and resources for international students, including grants and scholarships.

International Education Financial Aid
This site lists over 1,000 scholarships, grants and awards for international students.

International Student Loan Information

It is possible for international students to acquire loans from U.S. lending organizations. In some situations, you must apply with a credit-worthy U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-borrower.

Alternative loans are available through several lending agencies. Most loans carry a variable interest rate, but there are some that offer fixed-rate loans. Simmons University strongly recommends securing a loan with a fixed-interest rate. Interest rates can also vary widely from lender to lender for the same borrower. We recommend that students interested in a private loan compare rates carefully and know what their monthly repayment schedule will be.

NOTE: Simmons University does not recommend any particular lender or group of lenders to its students and families.

There are many lenders available who offer alternative loans. To help, provides a list of the more popular lenders. Be advised that the list is very limited. We offer a list of questions you should be asking of a potential lender and a loan comparison calculator to help you in this process.