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Can someone who are not citizen get a scholarship ?

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Hi , I'm Haitian, but now I'm in USA and I'm taking the GED Class. I have to pass my exams while the n'est months. I would like to apply have a scholarship if possible to go go college or university. Because of the situation of my country right now, it Will be difficult to me to continue with my studies. I was at my second year at University at Haïti, but there had many insecurities. That's why I came to the United States

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Francisco’s Answer

Hi Laury,

First of all, I'd like to send you my deepest and heartfelt prayers and good wishes. I hope you and your family are safe and I am glad to see you wanting to continue your studies regardless of the situation in your country.

In terms of your question it is a bit complicated as it involves some immigration topics. I am no immigration expert or a lawyer, so this is just my opinion, not legal advise or anything like at. Depending on your immigration status, maybe you are a refugee or you are in some process, is the kind of opportunities you may have.

One alternative would be to look if you are eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa. This is the most common process for someone from another country who is seeking to study in the US. Although this doesn't grant you immediate access to a scholarship, there are different universities who do offer financial aid, tuition waivers, and scholarships to international students. You would have to do some research and follow the application process, but definitely you can find something.

If you aren't eligible for an F-1, I would recommend you do some research on government pages about your immigration status, maybe reach out to the international student office of a local university to ask for information, or if your family has a lawyer that's helping you in your immigration status, he might know the best legal path for your goals.

I am sorry if my answer isn't very specific or helpful, but I really wish you the best. Best of luck in your journey and stay strong!
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Adan’s Answer

I would definitely visit the FAFSA office of your intended school or reach them over the phone, they would have the best information for you moving forward. Typically undocumented students are able to receive scholarships if that money is coming from private donors which in the case of scholarships it usually is. What you wont be eligible for is any federal grants and some scholarships may also only be open to citizens. The amount of scholarships available to you unfortunately is lower than others but it’s definitely not zero so with a little bit of effort and perseverance you can find the right people to help guide you through this process.
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Dan’s Answer

I am not from Florida so I cannot comment on your local colleges nor can I explain immigration issues. However, I was an instructor and academic advisor at my local Community College and they had offices for Financial Aid, Academic Advising, and Foreign Students. I suggest you visit your local Community College and ask for their assistance. It may be better to call and make an appointment for an actual in-person visit rather than relying on a phone conversation.
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Sherri’s Answer

Good Day, that is an excellent question. The answer is yes non citizens may apply for scholarships. When searching you would need to indicate you are a noncitizen. I have found the website below very beneficial to not only future students, but students already in attendance.

https://www.smartscholar.com/scholarships/scholarships-for-non-u.s.-citizens/

I would recommend searching a broader spectrum other than just what you intend on studying. Many times excellent opportunities are missed by being to selective. Think outside the box when applying for scholarships and what paths can you take when studying that major, remember you don’t necessarily have to choose that path.

When applying for scholarships, make sure you come up with a great cover letter as to why you feel you are the best candidate for that scholarship, list accomplishments and have some letters of recommendations. You want to stand out from the other potential candidates.
I hope you find this information helpful. Wishing you much success in your career path.

Sincerely,

Sherri Harmon

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