Financial Assistance

Georgia State University is a public institution supported primarily by taxes from U.S. citizens in the state of Georgia. Therefore, International students, along with US citizens and permanent residents from other states, generally must pay “out-of-state” also known as “non-resident” tuition. Georgia State University has few financial resources for international students.

Please be aware:

  • F1 and J1 students are non-residents for tuition purposes, regardless of how long they’ve had an address in Georgia.
  • Non-residents are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Non-residents pay non-resident tuition, also known as “out-of-state” tuition.
  • All students may apply for privately funded scholarships or grants  of their choosing to apply towards GSU tuition and fees.
  • Students failing to pay all tuition and fees by fee payment deadlines will be automatically withdrawn (dropped) from all classes. This seriously puts immigration status at risk.
  • If classes are dropped, you are responsible for a manual, time-consuming process called “academic course adjustment” to request reinstatement of courses.  Starting this process does not delay or negate the SEVIS reporting deadline.

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Assistantships

Full-time graduate students in F1 or J1 visa status may qualify for a graduate research, teaching, or administrative assistant position, also known as a GRA, GTA, or GAA, commonly referred to as simply “Graduate Assistantships.” This funding generally waives tuition and provides a small stipend in return for work performed in the department. The availability of these positions varies by academic department. For more information, contact the graduate coordinators in your department.

Other Support for Graduate Students

For more information about external funding, internal funding such as: Final Year Fellowships, Dissertation Grant Program, and the Second Century Initiative (2CI), or for assistance with research writing, please visit >> this website <<. 

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers

Georgia State University offers a limited number of need-based, non-resident tuition waivers to qualified international students each term. Only out of state tuition is waived, not in-state tuition or fees. Applications should be taken very seriously, and checked for accuracy and thoroughness given the limited source of public funding for these waivers. Re-cycled applications with same or similar information, incomplete applications, ambiguous references, or missing information will not support the granting of a waiver.


  • 3.0 GPA required
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees /refugee are not eligible for these waivers because other assistance may be available, such as federal financial aid and/or employment.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in the semester the waiver is awarded, unless in final term.
  • Applicants must be within 1 academic year (2 semesters) of graduation. Therefore, the waiver is generally available twice.
  • The waiver is only good for 1 term; a new application is required to renew the waiver.
  • Those in their 1st year of academic study at GSU are not eligible.
  • You'll receive an email confirmation of your application.

Contact: / 404-413-2070  if you have questions about the steps below:


Applications Open Deadline to Apply
Fall Semester Early April April 30th
Spring Semester Early September September 30th
Summer Semester Early March March 31st

Tuition Waiver Application and Instructions

  1. Prepare the application (must be typed) and all supporting documentation indicated in the application.
  2. All instructions for supporting documentation are self-contained in the application. Review the checklist at the end of the application to verify preparation.
  3. When yourapplication is ready, upload the application and all supporting documentation as PDF files via >> iStart. Look for the "Tuition Waiver" tab.
  4. Download the  >> Tuition Waiver FormSave the application as a PDF or print and scan it as a PDF. Applications must be typed and uploaded into iStart.

Financial Difficulty

ISSS understands that circumstances beyond your control may arise. Please inform ISSS if you are having unexpected financial problems during the course of your stay.

  • F-1 Work Authorization based on Economic Hardship. For more information, please click >> here <<
  • The following document may be helpful to identify other funding sources: Financial Assistance

Remember: all international students submitted financial documentation of their ability to pay all costs in order to obtain the I-20 or DS-2019 from Georgia State University.