In this issue: Preparing to study in the US, No Cosigner loans, important mistakes to avoid, student health insurance, building credit, and more!

July Edition #233

We are in the midst of summer and with just a few weeks left to enjoy your break we hope you’re doing just that. This month’s newsletter is full of helpful items to get your school year started on the right foot. Get information on what you need to do the month prior to studying in the US, loans, insurance, credit cards, and mistakes you want to avoid after becoming an international student. If you’re still trying to become an international student don’t worry- we also have three great schools for you to consider! If you have a question that’s not addressed just ask our July advisor.

The International Student Team

Fund Your Studies with a No Cosigner Loan

Studying in the US is expensive! If you’ve run out of personal funds and are looking for other options - loans can help. International student loans cover university related items like tuition, books, meals, housing and health insurance. Plus, no cosigner loans are now available to select students at select colleges and universities! Use our loan comparison tool to quickly see if a no cosigner loan is available to international students at your school.

Health Insurance Starting at $29/Month

Whether you need to find an affordable health insurance plan that will meet your school’s insurance requirements or want coverage before illness and injury strikes, it’s important to have a plan you can rely on. The Student Secure plan provides excellent, comprehensive coverage at a low starting price of $29 per month. You can purchase coverage right online and our support team is on hand to answer any questions. Find a plan to meet your needs before the new semester.

About to Study in the US? Don’t Make These Mistakes!

Many international students who believe they are ready to study in the US are guilty of making simple oversights before their journey. Before heading to the US read our blog on how to avoid 5 common mistakes and make sure you’re getting the best experience possible. By remaining open-minded and managing your priorities and responsibilities, you are sure to remain stress-free while you travel to exciting places and meet new people from all around the world.

Featured Schools

Colorado State University INTO Pathway: When students arrive at Colorado State University’s INTO Pathway Program the first thing they notice is the fresh air, blue skies and beautiful green campus. Over 2,000 international students from around the world choose CSU as their home. There they find safety, friends and the knowledge to achieve their dreams of learning English and studying at one of the world’s best Universities. Read More >>

Northwest Missouri State University: When you ask students why they choose Northwest Missouri State University most will say it’s because of the family-like atmosphere. You’ll notice that everyone on campus, from your friends to your teachers and counselors, care that you achieve your academic goals! As one of the most affordable US schools - you’ll see that they care about your wallet too. Read More >>

Chemeketa Community College: Opportunity awaits for those students that attend Chemeketa Community College. Located in Salem, Oregon, Chemeketa offers an affordable educational experience, small class sizes and highly-trained faculty to prepare students who are seeking their two-year degree. Students can also look forward to many outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing at the Cascade Mountains, and the cultural hub of Portland just an hour away. Read More >>

Be Prepared to Study in the US

If you’re getting ready to study in the US you’re probably excited, anxious and nervous as you work to check everything off your to-do list. To help you prepare we’ve gathered a list of eight items you need to accomplish before stepping foot on a plan. Make sure you're prepared for the unexpected and avoid any unpleasant surprises by adding these eight things to your checklist before leaving to study in the US.

Build Credit While in the US

Having a credit card is a great way for students to build credit. The Deserve® Edu Mastercard is designed for students and allows international students to apply without a social security number! This means you can start building credit without the hassle and fees of traditional credit lenders. Deserve® provides fair credit to international students like you and offers these key features:

  • Social security number not required
  • 1% unlimited cashback
  • Free Amazon Prime for students in the first year
  • Complimentary cell phone protection up to $600
  • Late Payment Forgiveness: No late fee or negative reporting for your first late payment
  • Free credit score every month

Learn more about how you can start building credit with the Deserve® Edu Mastercard for international students!

Say Hello to Ryan Geiger!

Say hello to our July guest advisor: Ryan Geiger from Saint Francis University! Ryan has been advising students for over 10 years and loves helping students along their academic journey. Ryan’s job at Saint Francis is advising students in immigration and overseeing the Intensive English Program. Ask Ryan your questions, and don’t forget to checkout Saint Francis University, one of the oldest Catholic universities in the US.

Ask Ryan your question!