Students who are citizens of countries other than the U.S. and who are attending the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law may apply for different types of aid (see below) to help meet their educational costs. Students who have dual citizenship (U.S. and another country), U.S. Permanent Residency or other qualifying U.S. status (but not a student or employment visa status) may apply for U.S. federal aid.
Private Alternative Loans
There are private loans through U.S. banks, and require a demonstration of creditworthiness and a U.S. co-signer or sponsor (someone who borrows for you). Lenders vary in their participation, interest rate structure, and requirements. Co-signers must meet credit standards set by the banks, and be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents living in the U.S. with a U.S. credit history. For more information, please see the Private Alternative Loans webpage.
International students may be eligible for on-campus student employment. Students on an F-1 visa must bring in their photo ID (driver's license or recent passport) and I-20 papers to pick up student employment forms. Students who do not have a U.S. Social Security Number will need to apply for one and receive it before they may be paid. Information is included in the Student Employment Packet available from the Financial Aid Office in the Student Service Center.
All students should regularly check their TitanConnect e-mail for scholarship opportunities as they arrive. There are also resources available on the Internet. Check out the international student page at www.edupass.org for more information and links to scholarship search services, including www.fastweb.com and www.finaid.org for Canadian students.
Canadian students may qualify for Canadian Student Loans through their province to attend Detroit Mercy. Some provinces process just the federal portion of the student loan, while others add provincial funds. Students in the Dual JD degree program with Windsor are encouraged to apply for their Canadian Student Loan through the University of Windsor in order to receive the maximum loan amount plus a possible bursary. Joint JD program students may also qualify for a line of credit through one of the local banks.