Funding & Scholarships

Humboldt International Student Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to full-time, degree-seeking international students (F1 visa holders) with strong academic history and financial need.  Scholarships are awarded as partial out-of-state tuition waivers (reduction in tuition).  The scholarship will apply only to undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking, F1 visa holding, international students (does not apply to Humboldt Study California tuition).

Open to:              This award is open to new, incoming (admitted) international students as well as current international students.

Criteria:                You must be accepted (admitted) to Humboldt for the next available term, or currently be enrolled and in good immigration status.  Award is based on academic performance and financial need.

Amount:             Approximately $1,000 - $2,000 as funds are available, applied to out-of-state tuition fees. 

Application Deadline:     May 15 for Fall, October 15 for Spring

Application Procedure 

  1. Complete the Scholarship Application.

  2. Prepare an essay addressing qualifications for the award (academic performance and financial need)

  3. Submit a minimum of two recommendation letters.

  4. Upload your application materials online with your application, or email them to International Programs at ( 

Federal Financial Aid

Cal Poly Humboldt does not provide Federal financial aid for international students. Only students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Federal financial aid. As scholarship opportunities are limited, international students are encouraged to explore scholarships, loans and sponsorship possibilities within their home countries.

Work Opportunities

Students with either the student visa (F1) or scholar visa (J1) are allowed to work on campus on a part-time basis (20 hours/week or less) while school is in session and full-time (40 hours/week) during breaks, as long as they maintain their F1/J1 status. There are a wide variety of employment opportunities available on campus. Consult the Career Center to learn about available opportunities, and International Programs about how to obtain employment while you are studying.

Athletic Scholarships

If you want to be considered, please visit the Humboldt Athletics website, select the sport you are interested in, then fill out and submit the Prospective Athlete Questionnaire.

Other Scholarships

We recommend that students interested in scholarships or additional funding support check out the following resources: