International Student Scholarship (Out-of-State Tuition Waiver)

International Student Scholarship (Out-of-State Tuition Waiver)

What It Is

There is very little financial aid for foreign international students. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.  Valdosta State University is pleased to be able to award International Student Scholarships (ISS) or out-of-state tuition waivers to qualified students.  The International Student Scholarship (ISS) is a full waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition and allows international students to pay in-state tuition and fees.

  • Students who receive this award will be allowed to pay in-state tuition rate, instead of the out-of-state tuition rate
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified in by the end of October and April respectively.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants who come to VSU from overseas.
  • The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated academic ability, evidence of extracurricular involvement, and financial need.
  • Once a student has received the scholarship, it will be renewable for the duration of the initial degree program as long as the student meets both academic and service requirements and maintains appropriate immigration status.
  • If you graduate and return to Valdosta State University for another program (ex. graduate school), you will have to submit a new scholarship application.
  • In order to keep the scholarship, a student must meet all requirements.

Application Requirements

Download the form: International Student Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

  1. Submit a complete International Student Scholarship Application Packet by the deadline (Summer/Fall semester: March 15; Spring semester: October 1)
    1. Application Form
    2. Personal Statement/Essay
    3. Recommendation Letter
    4. Copy of transcripts
    5. Copy of test scores (ex. TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GRE, GMAT)
  2. Applications can be sent via email to iss@valdosta.edu or via regular mail to: 
    International Student Services
    Valdosta State University
    1500 N Patterson St
    Valdosta, Georgia 31698-0037 USA
    Email: iss@valdosta.edu
  3. Please be sure to complete your application carefully. Messy and incomplete applications are disqualified.
  4. NoteMany students apply for this scholarship each year. Because only a limited numbers of scholarships are available, you should not depend on receiving the scholarship when you complete your Certificate of Finances.

Maintaining the Scholarship

Academic Requirements
  • Maintain a full academic load of 12 semester credit hours each semester as an undergraduate or 6-9 semester credit hours as a graduate student ( depending on the program/major)
    • Exceptions: Reduced Course Loads authorized by the International Student Advisor
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
    • Scholarship recipients' grades will be reviewed each semester. Recipients who fail to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be put on probation for 1 semester. 
    • Scholarship recipients' with less than a GPA less than 3.0 GPA, who show continuous improvement with their GPA (A 3.0 semester GPA) will be on continued probation. If a scholarship recipient on probation does not show improvement with their semester GPA, they will lose the waiver, and will have to reapply again. 
  • Maintain immigration status at all times 
    • Obey immigration regulations, university policy, state and local laws
Service Requirements:
  • Donate an item (souvenir) from your home country. Souvenirs will be added to the Society of International Students' collection and will be used for various cultural presentations and festivals, and the International Dinner. 
  • Annual International Dinner  (late March or early April)

Mandatory participation each Fall and Spring in at least two of the following:

  • Homecoming Week activities (ex. VSU Homecoming Parade) in October & International Education Week in November
  • International Student Orientation Week (Fall/Spring)
  • Hosting a Cultural Hour at:
    • VSU - through the Society of International Students
    • South Georgia Regional Library
  • Cultural Presentations at local area schools
Immigration Requirements
  • Violations of immigration rules and regulations, university policy, or state and local law are grounds for immediate revocation of the scholarship.

The Scholarship is applicable for all three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer.