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The Office of International Programs Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to students who will contribute to the increased diversity for international representation at SFA. All applicants must show financial need and educational achievement to be awarded the scholarship. Students who receive the $1,000 OIP Scholarship are eligible for Texas resident tuition rates, which cost approximately $4,500 less per semester.

Minimum GPA requirements

  • Undergraduate students: 2.75 GPA
  • Graduate students: 3.25 GPA

In addition to demonstrating financial need and academic excellence, students must satisfy at least two of the following:

  • A student whose native language is not English.
  • A student who has lived in a country other than the United States for a period of five years or more.
  • A student who has foreign or dual citizenship recognized by the foreign country and not by the United States.

Read the OIP Scholarship guidelines prior to applying. Preference will be given to degree-seeking and full-time students.


  • Applications are due April 30; decisions are announced after May 1.
  • Award Dates: Scholarship awards are effective from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 of the following year.

Re-application: Students who continue to meet the eligibility criteria may reapply for this scholarship each year.

Applying for the OIP Scholarship

Submit your completed OIP Scholarship application (and any required documents noted) by emailing The Office of International Programs will determine evaluations and awarding of this scholarship.

Additional scholarship opportunities

Mexico out-of-state tuition waiver program

As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two students from Mexico per 1,000 students enrolled at SFA are eligible to pay in-state tuition and fees (with 12,000 students at SFA, 24 students from Mexico would be entitled to receive this tuition waiver). Students accepted into this financial aid program must sign a financial need statement.

For more information, contact

Good Neighbor scholarship

The Texas Legislature enacted a law that awards 10 scholarships to students from Canada and every country south of the United States (except Cuba). In addition, 30 scholarships are awarded to students from Peru and Mexico.

Students must have been accepted into a Texas university by March 1. SFA will submit names of eligible students to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which awards the scholarships.

Recipients do not pay state tuition for fall, spring and summer following the award made in May. Recipients must intend to return to the eligible country upon completion of the program of study.

Students interested in applying for the Good Neighbor scholarship may contact our office for further information. Application packets are generally available in March of each year. Students who are eligible to apply will be contacted by OIP.

and more!

Visit SFA's scholarships page for information on additional scholarships, such as the Community College Transfer scholarship, for which international students may be eligible.

Important Scholarship Disclaimer

International or nonresident students who hold competitive scholarships of at least $1,000 for an academic year are entitled to pay resident tuition and fees provided they compete with other students, including Texas residents, for the scholarship. A scholarship committee officially recognized by the university must award the scholarship. The waiver of nonresident fees is available only during the period covered by the scholarship. (Grants will not qualify for in-state tuition.)


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