Financial Assistance

Georgia State University is a public institution supported primarily by taxes from U.S. residents in the state of Georgia. For this reason, Georgia State University has few financial resources for international students.

Please be aware:

  • International visa students are classified as non-residents for tuition, regardless of how long an address in Georgia or the U.S. has been in effect.
  • Non-residents are not eligible for federally funded tuition or loan assistance programs.
  • Non-residents pay non-resident tuition, also known as “out-of-state” tuition.
  • Any student, domestic or non-resident, may always apply for privately funded scholarships or grants and apply those towards tuition and fees.
  • Students who don’t pay their tuition bill in full by the fee payment deadline each term will be automatically withdrawn (dropped) from all classes. This situation puts your immigration status at risk.
  • If classes are dropped, you are responsible for a manual, time-consuming process called “academic course adjustment” to reinstate your courses after full-payment is made. There is no guarantee of being able to reinstate all courses by the SEVIS reporting deadline.


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.

  • 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. Graduate Assistantships.

Graduate Assistantship

  • 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. 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.

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers

Georgia State University offers a limited number of need-based, non-resident tuition waivers to qualified international students.

  • The waiver only covers the out of state portion of tuition, not the in-state portion or fees.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and those with asylee /refugee status, are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be within 1 academic year of graduation and enrolled full-time, unless in final term.
  • 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:

Tuition Waiver Application and Instructions:  Fall 2016

Deadline: To be Announced.

  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.
  3. Review the checklist at the end of the application to verify preparation.
  4. When yourapplication is ready, upload the application and all supporting documentation as PDF files via >> iStart. Look for the “Tuition Waiver” tab.
  5. Download the application here >> to be updated). Save the application as a PDF or print and scan it as a PDF. Applications must be typed and uploaded into iStart.