« on: April 01, 2007, 10:08:59 AM »
As an international student, I am not eligible for federal loans. Furthermore, I cannot take out private loans from US firms, because those require permanent residency or a US co-signer.
I've been looking into scholarship options, but all I can find are essay contests for $500. English is not my first language, so I doubt I could win an essay contest, and even if I could, $500 really doesn't put a dent into the costs of law school.
This week I will make a round of some banks here in the Netherlands, to ask what loan options I have here. I think I could get some loans this way, but probably not $120,000 over three years, which is the amount I'm looking at. (NYU student budget, minus NYU scholarship, minus savings.) Universities here don't charge the type of tuition fees that exist in the US, so banks are not used to students asking for such amounts.
After this long-winded introduction finally my question: does anyone know of any other options I should look into? Is there any international student here who has found a way to borrow money in the US without a US co-signer? Or in his/her home country, and if so, how much?
I'd be very grateful for any hints or leads.