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Undergraduate Study Funding

Tuition and fees will vary between each university so you need to read all information carefully when choosing the school that is right for you. It is also important to start your scholarship search early on in the application process, as funding a college education is expensive and you will need source funding to help you pay the tuition and cover other required costs.

Where To Source Funding

Financial Aid Offices

Each school typically has a Financial Aid Office that oversees all university-based funding for students. You will need to complete the application for financial aid while you are applying to the school. Please note that deadlines may vary, so check these carefully. Funding can come in a variety of ways, through grants, work-study opportunities, or loans.

International Student Office

Many schools have an International Office that will be able to assist you with identifying opportunities for grants and scholarships. Not all scholarships will be open to international students, but this office should be able to tell you what you are eligible for.

Work Options

Students on a F-1 Visa can work up to 20 hours a week on campus. Once accepted to your university it is worth exploring this as an option.

Some schools will require that you set up a CSS Profile through the College Board website to apply for financial aid. There is more information on their website:

For more information on funding opportunities, including niche scholarships, please see EducationUSA’s Finance Your Studies page:

Sports Scholarships

Successfully securing a sports scholarship can be a complicated process. There are a number of athletic associations that govern college sports and athletic recruitment, including:

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): There are over 900 member universities and 250 provisional members classified within three NCAA divisions (Division I being the most competitive). Athletic standards are high and the level of competition is intense. Only students with the very highest standard of ability tend to be recruited.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): There are around 350, mostly smaller colleges in the NAIA, organized by districts. The level of athletic ability is still high, although the standard is not generally as high as for NCAA teams.

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Member colleges are accredited two-year institutions. The NJCAA is also comprised of three divisions, with scholarships offered only at the Division I and II levels. Division I colleges may offer full scholarships and Division II may offer partial scholarships (tuition or fees and books).

If you are interested in receiving a sports scholarship there are typically recruitment forms on each school’s webpage for each sport. You should fill out this form once you have decided that you are interested in applying to that college. All prospective athletes must meet normal college admissions requirements and continue to obtain satisfactory grades at university in order to receive and retain their scholarships.

Scholarships for Irish Students

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, USA offers a generous scholarship for Irish students to study at Notre Dame for an undergraduate degree consisting of four years of study. Eligible students must have Irish citizenship, reside in Ireland and have demonstrated financial need. Interested students need to apply to Notre Dame through the common application service by the regular action deadline in order to matriculate in August 2017.

For more information, please refer to:

For questions, please contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

EducationUSA does not endorse or promote any school over the other. However, we are aware of a scholarship opportunity specifically aimed at Irish students.