All degree-seeking, international students (F-1 or J-1 visa status) are reviewed for financial assistance from IUP’s Office of International Education through a Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW). Students on other visa types or legal permanent residence (green
card) are not eligible for any OIE funding. Undergraduate students can complete IUP’s General Scholarship Application and contact their academic department about additional scholarship eligibility. Graduate students may also be eligible for
a graduate assistantship in their department. Please select the link below for more information on graduate assistant positions and for the application.
General Scholarship Application for IUP
Partial tuition waivers are awarded to eligible international students based on financial need, and no additional application form is necessary. If students are awarded a PTW, the amount of funding will be reflected on the immigration documents (I-20
or DS-2019), and an official PTW letter will be included in the student’s acceptance package.
What is a Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW)?
The PTW is a financial award for international
students seeking a degree at IUP. Students who are awarded PTW will have the
funds automatically applied to their tuition bill. If you are not a sponsored
or exchange student and do not have a GA or TA position, you may be eligible
for a Partial Tuition Waiver. PTW recipients are chosen based on
Available PTW Funding Amount Per Semester
International students awarded a PTW receive the following amount of money each academic semester (fall and spring only), provided they maintain good academic and immigration status and complete the required service hours. The PTW award will be automatically
applied towards a student’s fall and/or spring semester tuition bill after the drop/add period.
Maintaining A Partial Tuition Waiver
PTW students must come to the OIE for a mandatory meeting once per funded semester to discuss expectations of PTW and plans for volunteer hours. The date and time of the meeting will be sent to you by email. If you do not attend the meeting, your PTW award will be held until you meet with us. If you cannot attend the meeting, you must contact the OIE as soon as possible.
PTW students must complete a Qualtrics survey every funded semester which will function as their PTW contract. A link to this survey will be provided by email to PTW students. If you do not complete the survey, your PTW will be revoked.
PTW students must complete unpaid, volunteer service each semester PTW is awarded. If you do not complete the mandatory volunteer hours, your PTW will be revoked.
To maintain a PTW, students must complete mandatory service hours.
If you have questions about the acceptability of hours from a volunteer activity, please email OIE-PTW@iup.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive approval.
PTW students are responsible for submitting proof of volunteer hours to the OIE by the deadlines listed each semester. Hours must be officially submitted to the OIE by completing the Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet. Another acceptable form of reporting service hours is through a report by supervisors or faculty via direct email or a letter to the Office of International Education. Please note that, if submitting a PTW Hour Confirmation Sheet with more than 10 hours for a volunteer service, you are required to provide a specific list of the days and times of the volunteer service to substantiate the hours.
To guarantee that students will continue to receive the PTW, service hours must be reported by the following deadlines:
Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet
Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Form
Related Sites and Other Financial Information
Additional information about financial assistance can be found in the links below.
Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Graduate Tuition and Fees
Student Loans for International Students
eduPass: Guide to studying in the USA
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
IIE for Funding Sources in United States
Loans for Latin American and Caribbean Students
All PTW students are required to participate the following OIE events: International Education Week (fall), International Unity Day (spring), and the OIE Food Drive. These volunteer hours are on campus and are guaranteed.
Below are other OIE-sanctioned volunteer opportunities. These are not guaranteed, may be off-campus, and may require interviews and/or obtaining clearances. The OIE can offer advisement on how to obtain clearances.
This will be a weekly event, every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The office of International Education will transport you to Four Footed Friends, where you will be responsible for walking dogs, playing with the cats, and cleaning the litter boxes and the pens the dogs stay in. If you attend each week, this will cover an undergraduate’s 40-hour requirement.
Volunteers provide a variety of services, such as greeting patients, sorting incoming hospital mail, and escorting patients to the appropriate areas. To be considered as a volunteer, please complete the online volunteer application or call the Volunteer Office for a paper application at 724-357-7138. Clearances are needed. See IRMC Volunteer Opportunities.
The IUP Libraries have many opportunities for volunteering. Contact Linda Cramer, email@example.com, for opportunities that are available.
ICCAP provides programs aimed at helping low-income families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. The programs provide new ways to solve household problems, manage emergencies, learn new living skills, and foster community involvement. They also examine and promote methods by which organizations and institutions can deal with the problems of rural and disadvantaged people.
American Culture and English (ACE) tutoring is a unique opportunity for ALI student to benefit from individualized instruction with highly qualified peer tutors. SkillZone tutors will help international student develop essential academic skills, such as study strategies, managing classroom expectations, technology, and academic integrity. You must interview for these volunteer opportunities.
Visit the YMCA website to download the application, or contact George Nace by email at Georgenace@icymca.org or by calling 724-463-9622 for more information on how to get involved in the YMCA of Indiana County Programs.
For more volunteer opportunities, visit the Office of Service Learning in Pratt Hall Suite 302 or by visiting their website.
Submitting Proof of Volunteer Hours
Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet is available below for download.
Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Process
If you are an undergraduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after two semesters. If you are a graduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after one semester.
Additional Scholarship Links
eduPass: Guide to Studying in the USA