Although international students are not eligible for most forms of financial aid,
the US Department of State has provided an excellent list of funding sources that
may assist students with their efforts to efforts to fund their education.
*These links are independent of California State University San Marcos’s own financing
In addition, tthe CSU system allows for a limited number of tuition waivers to international
students. At CSU San Marcos, international students are eligible to apply for these
tuition waivers after their first year of residence. Generally, these tuition waivers
are partial, which means that only a portion of the tuition fee is waived. Applications
are due in May and with waivers being granted for fall semester, with a possibility
International Student Tuition Fee Waiver Procedures
The primary purpose of the tuition waiver is to recognize international students enrolled
at CSU San Marcos who display exceptional scholastic ability and prior scholastic
Normally, tuition waivers will be partial, and awarded for three or more credit units
per semester. These waivers are the equivalent of scholarships with no work assignments
- Undergraduate international students must:
- hold an F-1 visa
- be in good academic standing
- have been in residence for at least one semester and be enrolled at the time of application
- be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit units.
- Graduate international students must conform to all of the requirements for undergraduate
students, except be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credit units or if enrolled for fewer
than 10 units, be employed by the University less than full time, but at least twenty
hours per week.
- Students who have already received a CSUSM fee waiver are eligible to reapply.
Criteria for Selection
- No minimum GPA is required, but the overall academic record of the student will be
evaluated, especially work done at CSUSM.
- In addition to academic performance, service to the campus community will be taken
- A Selection Committee, composed of no fewer than three members of the University Global
Affairs Committee, will make recommendations to the President who will decide to whom
and the number (if any) of tuition waivers that will be granted.
- Among the criteria that will be considered in addition to the student's scholastic
record will be diversity among students selected, including geographical distribution,
when possible. Economic need will not have to be demonstrated.
- Awards will be made in the spring of each year for the following academic year.
- An application notice will be mailed to all currently enrolled international students
at least three weeks prior to the submission deadline of March 31. Applications are
mailed to current students from the Office of Global Education.
- Applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a CSUSM faculty
member that assesses academic performance. Letters from other faculty/staff addressing
service and other contributions may be submitted.
- After reviewing all applications the committee will select finalists who may be interviewed
by the committee members. Students recommended for a fee waiver shall come from the
group of finalists.
Other scholarship opportunities by country:
Nippon Foundation Fund for Marine Science
Latin America and The Caribbean:
Organization of American States Loan Program
Panama Students Only:
IFARHU Scholarship Program Loan Program
IFARHU Loan Program
Colombia Students Only:
Colfutoro Scholarship and Loan Program
Central and South Asia:
American Association of University Women Fellowship
International Peace Scholarship Fund