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OISS Funding

OISS Funding

OISS has a few methods of offering assistance specifically for international students and scholars who have a demonstrated financial need.

  • Emergency Tuition Award: For a limited number of international students who experience financial hardship in the last two semesters of their degree program. For doctoral students who are all but dissertation, the award will cover one credit. For others, typically the award covers the cost of three credits.
    The Emergency Tuition Award is now open for summer 2020. The deadline is May 8, 2020. Students should email the complete packet with all supporting documents to oiss(at)msu.edu
  • The Lillian Kumata Scholarship Program, through Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), provides a limited number of need-based, partial tuition scholarships to MSU international students and scholars and their spouses for the fall and spring semesters, up to $2,500. Apply through the CVIP website.

  • David D. Horner International Student Scholarship Fund: The Horner Fund provides emergency assistance to international students in critical financial distress. The amount of the award varies based on the student's circumstances and needs. Learn more about the scholarship or make an appointment with an OISS advisor to discuss an application.

  • International Student Emergency Fund: granted through the Office for International Students and Scholars, small awards of up to $500.

International Student Essay Contest

Win prize money by writing an essay about your experiences as an international student in the United States.


Global Spartan Leadership Program

A competitive selection program for undergraduate students during fall and spring semesters that requires weekly seminar participation, writing and speaking assignments, and service-learning. Students must commit to participate in both fall and spring semesters and are awarded an $8,000 scholarship upon successful completion of program requirements.