Books about Studying in the US

  1. Gregory A. Barnes, The International Student’s Guide to the American University, National Textbook Company, Lincolnwood, Illinois, 1993. $12.95. 208 pages. Includes a 15-page chapter on financial aid. To order a copy, write to NTC Publishing Group, 4255 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646-1975.
  2. College Board, International Student Handbook of USA Colleges, 1999. ISBN 0-87447-593-7 ($21.95). 330 pages. This book provides information about more than 3,000 colleges and universities, including average and minimum TOEFL scores, availability of financial aid for international students, and ESL programs. You can order the book for $21.95 plus $8.31 for overseas shipping from College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886 USA, fax 1-212-713-8143. If you are in the US, you can call 1-800-323-7155 to place an order.
  3. Sidonia Dalby, Sally Rubenstone and Emily H. Weir, The International Student’s Guide to Going to College in America, Macmillan, New York, 1996. ISBN 0-02-860581-0 ($12.95). 170 pages. A book for international students about studying in the US. Includes a 20-page chapter about financial aid. To order a copy, call 1-800-716-0044 or 1-317-228-4366, fax 1-800-882-8583 or 1-317-228-4304, write to Macmillan Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, or send email to You can also write to Macmillan General Reference, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, or call 1-800-261-8783.
  4. Ian Jacobs and Ellen Shatswell, International Students’ Guide to the USA, Princeton Review, New York, 1996. ISBN 0-679-76913-7 ($100.00). 207 pages. Although this book presents an excellent overview of study in the US, especially its treatment of Visa requirements and USA customs and culture, it overstates its coverage of financial aid. After seeing ‘financial aid’ highlighted on the cover, you’d expect to see more than 2 pages on this topic inside. To order a copy, fax 1-212-874-0775, call 1-800-REVIEW-6 or 1-202-483-4660, write to Princeton Review Publishing, 2315 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10024, or send email to
  5. NAFSA’s International Student Handbook: The Essential Guide to University Study in the USA, 1998. (\$4.95 shipping in US, $9.95 elsewhere). 192 pages. A good first book on the subject, but a little light on detail in key areas. To order a copy, call 1-609-734-1704, fax 1-609-734-5410 (Attn: D. Chadwick), or write to NAFSA Handbook Orders, Educational Testing Service, MS 75-D, Princeton, NJ 08541 USA.
  6. Clara L. Simerville, Home visits abroad: A guide to planning personal and professional visits, with some suggestions for entering a foreign culture, National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, Oregon State University Press, 1961.
  7. Allan Wernick, The International Student Handbook, American Immigration Law Foundation, Washington, DC, 1992. ISBN 1-878677-42-X ($10.95). 209 pages. This book does not provide any information about financial aid, but does provide a lot of information that international students may find helpful. To order a copy, write to American Immigration Law Foundation, 1400 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.

Books about Tax Preparation for International Students

  1. Deborah L. Vance and Deborah Ahlstedt, USA Federal Income Tax Guide for International Students and Scholars, NAFSA Association of International Educators, 1996. Item number 1450. $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. 144 pages. This is a comprehensive guide to taxes for international students, including information about the tax treatment of scholarships, fellowships, and grants. To order a copy, call 1-800-836-4994, fax 1-412-741-0609, or write to NAFSA Publications, PO Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143.

Books about Financial Aid

See also the financial aid section of this site.

  1. L. Victoria Hall (ed), Foundation Grants to Individuals, 9th edition, Foundation Center, New York, March 1995. ISBN 0-87954-604-2 ($65 plus $4.50 shipping to USA destinations or $11 overseas shipping). Order code GTI9. 630 pages. Updated annually. This book contains listings for more than 2,650 foundations that make grants to individuals, including those that provide educational support (scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans). The information is based on IRS Form 990s and responses to questionnaires. The book includes subject, grant type, geographic, sponsor, and school indexes. This is a key reference work and is very carefully researched. It includes a handful of scholarships and fellowships for international students. To order a copy, call 1-800-424-9836 or 1-212-620-4230, fax 1-212-807-3677, or write to Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076.
  2. Brian Harris, Scholarship: A Handbook of Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Assistance for Canadian High School Graduates, 7th edition, Canadian Guidance Services, 1997. ISBN 0-929-079-18-4, 256 pages. $19.95 plus $5 shipping and $1.75 GST ($26.70 total). This book lists scholarships and awards available to Canadian high school students for use at Canadian colleges and universities. It omits university-specific bursaries and local awards, listing a total of about 575 sources, with most awards greater than $500. The book is organized by province and covers all of the Canadian provinces. It does not include an index. Revised every 2 years. To order a copy, call 1-905-332-0083, write to Canadian Guidance Services, 2042 Coral Cres., Burlington, Ontario, L7P 3K5, CANADA, or send email to
  3. Anna J. Leider, Victoria A. Fabisch, Joseph M. Re and William F. Shanahan, Scholarships for International Students: A Complete Guide to USA Colleges and Universities, 1986-88, 1st edition, Octameron Press, Alexandria, Virginia, 1986. ISBN 0-91776-084-0. 271 pages. For more information, call 1-703-836-5480 or write to Octameron Associates, PO Box 2748, Alexandria, VA 22301.
  4. Lisa M. Muto and Paul A. Bohlmann, The Harvard College Guide to Grants, Office of Career Services, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994. ISBN 0-943747-14-7 ($13 + $2 shipping and handling in US, $10 shipping and handling for overseas orders). 304 pages. This book provides general information about grantsmanship for college students and recent graduates and detailed information about the major national grant and fellowship competitions. It also includes information about grants for study in the USA (organized alphabetically within arts, humanities, science, social science, and unrestricted categories), grants for study overseas (by geographic area), internships, and an extensive bibliography. There are sponsor and student characteristic indexes, as well as a separate index for women and minority students. The book lists a total of 253 awards. To order a copy, write to Publications, Office of Career Services, Harvard University, 54 Dunster St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or call 1-617-495-2595.
  5. NSERC Awards Guide, National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), September 1991. ISBN 0-662-58481-3. 75 pages.
  6. NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Guide, National Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), September 1991. ISBN 0-662-58482-1. 75 pages.
  7. NSF, A Selected List of Fellowships and Other Support Opportunities for Advanced Education for USA Citizens and Foreign Nationals, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, 1993. NSF Publication 93-147. Lists fellowships. 76 pages. Available for free on the World Wide Web. Revised periodically; the previous edition was published in 1988.
  8. Marie O’Sullivan (ed), Funding for USA Study – A Guide for International Students and Professionals, Institute for International Education (IIE), Princeton, New Jersey, 1996. ISBN 087206-219-8 ($39.95 + $4 shipping in USA or $16 shipping to other countries). 462 pages. This book provides information about financial assistance for international students to study in the US, including more than 600 sources of funding for international students (mostly for graduate and postdoctoral programs, but some for undergraduate students). The listings are organized according to the student’s country of origin. The book also includes basic cost information for USA undergraduate and graduate institutions. To order a copy, call 1-301-617-7804 or 1-800-445-0443, fax 1-301-953-2838, write to IIE Books, PO Box 371, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0371, or send email to Payment should be by Visa, Mastercard, or check in USA dollars drawn on a USA bank. For more information about IIE programs, call 1-212-984-5330 or 1-212-883-8200, or write to USA Student Programs, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580.
  9. Rotary Foundation, Educational Awards Handbook, Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois, annual. Free. For a copy, call 1-708-866-3000 or write to Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.
  10. Ellen Wise Sivon, Private sector funding available to foreign scholars and students in the USA, National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC, 1984. 54 pages.
  11. Peterson’s Scholarships for Study in the USA and Canada, 1998. ISBN 1-56079-948-X ($21.95). 421 pages. This books lists more than 1,100 non-school sources of money for undergraduate and graduate international students. Awards are indexed according to award name, sponsor name, academic field, career goals, and other characteristics. To order a copy, call 1-800-338-3282 or 1-609-243-9111, fax 1-609-243-9150, or visit the Peterson’s bookstore.
  12. W. Wickremasinghe (ed), Scholarships and Grants for Study or Research in the USA, 2nd edition, American Colleagiate Service, Houston, Texas, 1989. ISBN 0-940937-01-8 ($23.95). 151 pages. This book contains a compilation of financial aid opportunities available from colleges, USA foundations, and international organizations for study and research in the US. To order a copy, call 1-713-493-9863 or write to American Collegiate Service, PO Box 442008, Houston, TX 77244.
  13. Adam West, financial editor at with more than a dozen years of editing, writing, and graphic design experience for award-winning print and online publications, writes about Student Loans without Credit History for International Scholars in the US and Canada.