Please read through the provided financial assistance resources below prior to scheduling an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
There are a limited number of scholarships or grants that are available specifically for International Students. F-1 Students are not eligible for Financial Aid, however most competitive scholarships at Texas State may be awarded regardless of whether or not the student is a U.S. citizen or an F-1 student.
Please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Website for information to apply for Texas State Scholarships.
Also, check within your own departments for scholarships. There are many.
Associated Student Government (ASG) Scholarship
The Student Government scholarship is awarded by merit of leadership, community involvement and overall strength as a student at Texas State. Applications for the Student Government scholarship are open to all Texas State students who meet the following criteria, and awards range from $500 to $2000. Click here for more information.
Continuing Student Scholarships
Texas State offers a variety of academic scholarships to continuing, certification and second baccalaureate students. These scholarships are awarded competitively and require the submission of a Continuing Scholarship Application via the Texas State Scholarship System online. Click here for more information.
Good Neighbor Scholarship
This scholarship is a 12 month award that provides tuition assistance to students from nations of the Western Hemisphere. The Good Neighbor Scholarship deadline is March 1, click here here to apply.
Antigua and Barbuda
Belize (British Honduras)
Saint Kitts & Nevis
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
Apply for scholarships and fellowships for new and continuing graduate students at Texas State University. Click here for more information.
H-LASAMP Scholarship Program(Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program)
Undergraduate research program for students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Click here for more information.
Pan American Round Tables of Texas/ Florence Terry Griswold Scholarship Committee
A $2,500 grant that assists female students from Pan American Countries: http://www.partt.org/scholarships_details.html
The Pan American Countries are:
3 North American members (Canada, USA, Mexico);
19 Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, Virgin Islands);
7 Central America Nations (Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua);
12 South American members (Argentina, Chile, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brasil, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)
Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF)
Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF) support undergraduate research and creative projects at Texas State University. Every semester the URF committee awards between 5 and 10 competitive scholarships of up to $1000 to students seeking funding for their projects. Fellowships are awarded for projects such as Honors theses and independent studies as well as for Capstone projects or for original work done under the umbrella of faculty-directed research. Undergraduates of all majors are eligible. Membership in the Honors College is not required to apply.
Click here to apply URF scholarship
Wilson Latin American Research Funding
- Five $1,000 scholarships for Latin American students
- open to undergraduate or graduate of any major
- Five $1,000 scholarships for Latin American students to come to Texas State to earn their Ph.D. in biology or geography
- Two $4,000 "seed" scholarships for Latin American students to enroll at Texas State
- open to any major
- Three $4,000 scholarships for graduate students participating in the Biology Department’s Study Abroad Program in Ecuador
- Five $1,000 scholarships for Latin American students
An "On campus" employer is defined as an employer located on campus that is providing direct services to students.
Summarized regulations for F-1 students on campus work:
You cannot work more than 20 hours while school is in session (fall and spring semesters).
You must be a full-time student (Undergraduate students 12 hours/Graduate students 9 hours) and in legal F-1 status
You can work full-time (over 20 hours) when school is not in session (i.e., spring break) and during annual vacation (summer).
University Policy (not immigration) limits Graduate Assistants to working only 75% if taking classes during the summer and also working.
You may work on campus only at the school listed on your I-20.
You may not work after your graduation date or completion of studies.
Although no specific immigration related authorization for on-campus employment is required, you must remember that on-campus employment is contingent on maintaining your full-time student status. For example, if you drop below full-time hours without authorization from our office, your permission to work on-campus is immediately canceled. If you continue to work you are violating U.S. law and will become "unlawfully present" in the U.S. If you have any questions about this program, please make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor.
Finding an On-Campus job
The best way to find an on-campus job is to go to the Career Services website, create a Job4Cats username and password and to create a profile. Once you have created a profile, make sure to upload a current resume, an application (that you can download from the resources page on the Jobs4Cats website) and if possible your academic schedule. Then search for job-postings that are located on campus. You cannot apply for Work-Study positions because those are for U.S. citizens who have been granted financial aid, you may apply for Regular Wage jobs. You can call Career Services at 512-245-2645 or stop by the Career Services office located on the 5th floor of the LBJ Student Center for assistance using Jobs4Cats or creating a resume.
Getting a SSN after you have an on-campus job offer
F-1 students maintaining their F-1 status are eligible to work on campus, please see the instructions below on how to get a SSN card.
If you have been offered a job on campus you will need to take the following forms to the Social Security Administration Office:
1. Your department/employer must write a letter requesting the International Office to write a letter on your behalf to the Social Security Administration. The letter should be in the correct format, on your department's letterhead, and follow the job offer letter template.
2. You will bring the department's job offer letter to the international office to request a status verification letter and confirm that your SEVIS record is registered and active in the immigration database. We will then create you the status of verification letter (if needed also a new I-20).
3. With the hiring letter and status verification letter you will proceed to the Social Security Administration's office and you must take your immigration documents: I-20, passport, visa, and I-94.
Getting to the Social Security Administration office:
The Social Security Administration Office in San Marcos is located near the intersection of I-35 and Hwy 80
Click here for a handout with instructions on how to use the city bus (CARTS) to the San Marcos SSA Office
Visit our Tax & Payroll specialist with your SSN Receipt to get on university's payroll
After securing a Social Security Receipt or Card, you must meet with the Nonresident Alien Tax Specialist, Sally Moss to:
- Determine your correct tax status for federal Income tax purposes- Resident Alien or Nonresident Alien
- Complete your W-4 form- which is different than the form completed by U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents
- Determine eligibility for possible Tax Treaty Benefits – possible reduction in the amount of federal income tax withheld from your paychecks.
Payroll and Tax Compliance Office JCK 582 – 5th floor
Call: Sally Moss at (512) 245-8310
Review the International Student Orientation Powerpoint by the Tax and Payroll compliance office.
Know the regulations regarding F-1 Students working on campus
8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(i)
(i) On-campus employment. On-campus employment must either be performed on the school's premises, (including on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria), or at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school. Employment with on-site commercial firms, such as a construction company building a school building, which do not provide direct student services is not deemed on-campus employment for the purposes of this paragraph. In the case of off-campus locations, the educational affiliation must be associated with the school's established curriculum or related to contractually funded research projects at the post-graduate level. In any event, the employment must be an integral part of the student's educational program. Employment authorized under this paragraph must not exceed 20 hours a week while school is in session, unless the Commissioner suspends the applicability of this limitation due to emergent circumstances, as determined by the Commissioner, by means of notice in the Federal Register, the student demonstrates to the DSO that the employment is necessary to avoid severe economic hardship resulting from the emergent circumstances, and the DSO notates the Form I-20 in accordance with the Federal Register document. An F-1 student may, however, work on campus full-time when school is not in session or during the annual vacation. A student who has been issued a Form I-20 A-B to begin a new program in accordance with the provision of 8 CFR 214.3(k) and who intends to enroll for the next regular academic year, term, or session at the institution which issued the Form I-20 A-B may continue on-campus employment incident to status. Otherwise, an F-1 student may not engage in on-campus employment after completing a course of study, except employment for practical training as authorized under paragraph (f)(10) of this section. An F-I student may engage in any on-campus employment authorized under this paragraph which will not displace United States residents. In the case of a transfer in SEVIS, the student may only engage in on-campus employment at the school having jurisdiction over the student's SEVIS record. Upon initial entry to begin a new course of study, an F-1 student may not begin on-campus employment more than 30 days prior to the actual start of classes.
C.A.F.E. (undergraduate students)
CAFE is an innovative program to assist undergraduate Texas State students in learning how to successfully transition from the university to professional schools or enter the workforce. Our primary goal is bringing juniors and seniors to new levels of career readiness and financial awareness. Funded by a Title V grant, CAFE offers career readiness workshops, financial education events, one-on-one financial coaching, personalized graduation preparation, and academic coaching.
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
P.E.O. is an international organization that helps women attain their educational goals. The International Peace Scholarship was established in 1949 to provide scholarships to selected women from other countries for graduate study in the US or Canada. The maximum amount awarded to a student is$12,500. The deadline for application is December 1.
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Tuition Payment Plan
For instructions on how to enroll in a payment plan, pay your installments, schedule payments or manually make payments against your billing account, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
Emergency Loan Plan
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for an Emergency Loan Plan to use as your down payment. Once you have been approved for the loan, you must enroll in the Payment Plan using your Emergency Loan Plan as your down payment.
Additional information about the Emergency Loan Plan can be found on the Emergency Loan Application page.
Dean of Students-Student Emergency Services Funding
The Dean of Students Office offers limited funding for students in emergencies such as apartment fires or natural disasters. If you would like to inquire about these funds you may request a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Emergency Services by calling (512) 245-2124 of visiting our office on the 5th floor of the LBJ Student Center. To complete the funding application, please use the online form here.
Texas Public Education Grant for F-1 Students
The purpose of the TPEG is to assist students who demonstrate significant financial need in extenuating circumstances. The TPEG is available to non-immigrant students in F-1 status who are enrolled full-time. The TPEG can only be awarded one-time.
1. Students must have been enrolled for one academic year at Texas State University and be in non-immigrant F-1 student status.
2. Students must maintain valid status during the award semester.
3. Students must be in good academic standing.
4. Students may not be on probation or suspension.
5. Students must be enrolled and attending full time at Texas State University and must maintain satisfactory academic progress. (Concurrently enrolled hours do not count toward the full-time hours needed to qualify for the grant).
- Undergraduate students - Full time attendance is a minimum of 12 semester hours each fall and spring
- Graduate students - Full time attendance is a minimum of 9 semester hours for each fall and spring
Verification of grades and hours completed to determine academic progress will be made after the end of each long semester. This information determines a student's eligibility for the continuance of an award or the granting of a future TPEG award. Enrollment status will be audited after the university's official census date (12th class day for the long semesters and 4th class day for the summer sessions).
6. Failure to maintain the conditions of the grant may be grounds for cancellation of the grant and loss of future eligibility.
Important Note: The grant is NOT an academic competitive scholarship. Consequently, it does not provide a waiver of non-resident tuition.
Please meet up with an international advisor before submitting the application, click here to schedule an appointment.
Pre-Completion OPT is work authorization that is granted to an F-1 student prior to the completion of her/his studies. Students who are granted pre-completion OPT must comply with all of these conditions:
1. Part-time (20 hours a week or less) during the fall or spring semesters.
2. Full or part-time during summer vacation if you are currently enrolled and intend to register for the following semester.
3. Full-time during fall or spring if you have completed all coursework and are in the thesis, dissertation or comprehensive exams only phase of your degree.
Please click here to learn more.
Severe Economic Hardship Work Authorization
If other employment opportunities are not available or are otherwise insufficient, an eligible F-1 student may request off-campus employment work authorization based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control. These circumstances may include loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living costs, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, medical bills, or other substantial and unexpected expenses.
You are eligible for employment based on severe economic hardship if:
1. you have been in F-1 status for one full academic year;
2. you are in good standing as a student and are carrying a full course of study;
3. you can demonstrate that acceptance of employment will not interfere with you carrying a full course of study;
4. you can demonstrate that the employment is necessary to avoid severe economic hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control and can demonstrate that employment is unavailable or otherwise insufficient to meet the needs that have arisen as a result of the unforeseen circumstances.
Application and Authorization Procedures
You should ask the International Student Adviser to evaluate your situation to make certain that you meet the eligibility requirements.
You may not begin employment until you have received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the DHS. To get the EAD, you must submit the following to the International Office [the office will send your packet to the DHS (INS) Service Center in Irving, Texas].
* Complete and signed Form I-765
* Personal check payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” for $410.00
(Do not make check payable to “DHS” or “USCIS”)
* 2 "passport" photos
* Materials documenting your severe economic hardship and supporting your need for work authorization
The International Student Adviser in the International Office can help you put these materials together. Employment will be granted for one year at a time until you complete your studies. To renew your work authorization, you must complete a new application and be approved by DHS.
This type of work authorization is often difficult to obtain. If the DHS denies your request, you will be told why but you may not appeal the decision.
In general, F-1 students who have been in the United States less than five years are exempt from Social Security Taxes. Your earnings are subject to applicable Federal, State, and Local Taxes. Students must file a tax return on or before April 15th of each year. Students may be entitled to a refund of Taxes withheld from their wages if the amount of Tax owed is less than the amount withheld.
While DHS regulations provide a variety of opportunities for you to be employed during your time in F-1 status, working improperly or without authorization is a serious violation of your status. You should therefore consult with your International Student Adviser before taking up any employment. It is your responsibility to comply with all immigration regulations that apply to F-1 students. If you fail to meet your responsibilities, you may not be eligible for benefits normally granted to F-1 students.
Definition of Unforeseen Severe Economic Hardship
One condition of approval for F-1 non-immigrant status is that a student shows the ability to pay for his or her education and support while in the United States. The severe economic hardship employment authorization benefit is intended to address situations where a financial need beyond the student's control arises, which was unforeseen at the time the student applied to the school he or she is currently attending and after all other potential employment opportunities have proven to be insufficient.
Quick-Reference: Employment Based on Severe Economic Hardshi
[ ] Must have been in F-1 status for at least one full academic year 3.F.4 Definition of academic year for F-1 students].
[ ] Must be in good academic standing.
[ ] Must prove to USCIS that employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond his or her control that arose after obtaining F-1 status.
[ ] The student "has demonstrated that employment under paragraph (f)(9)(i) of this section (NAFSA note: this refers to on-campus employment) is unavailable or otherwise insufficient to meet the needs that have arisen as a result of the unforeseen circumstances."
[ ] "The student has demonstrated that acceptance of employment will not interfere with the student's carrying a full course of study."
[ ] Is designed for off-campus employment but no specific prohibition on it being used on-campus.
[ ] Granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time, or until the program end-date, whichever is shorter;
[ ] Authorization ends if a student transfers schools. SEVP Transfer FAQ 6.5
Hours per week
[ ] Limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session; can be full-time during official school breaks.
Field/level of work
[ ] Can be in any job. Does not have to be related to course of study.
Offer of employment
[ ] Not required as a condition of eligibility.
Effect on other work
[ ] Must apply for EAD from USCIS, and receive EAD before employment
Procedures for Applying for Economic Hardship Work Authorization
The student prepares and submits the following to the DSO at the authorized school of attendance:
what the student does
[ ] Document the circumstances causing his or her economic need;
The student can write a statement describing the unforeseen hardship situation and, if possible, should attach supporting documentation; for example, a letter from home telling of a change in family circumstances or proof of a currency devaluation in the student's country.
[ ] Explain why other employment options are unavailable or insufficient;
· [ ] Complete Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, using the code: (c)(3)(iii) at item 16;