Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Student working in lab.

UB’s low tuition, affordable costs and scholarship opportunities make it a superb value for all students. There are many ways to help finance a UB education including external scholarships, loans and payment plans, as well as the option to work on campus.

On this page:

International Admissions Scholarship

The University at Buffalo offers scholarships in varying amounts to qualified incoming international freshmen and transfer students. Scholarship awards vary and are renewable with good academic standing. The International Admissions scholarship may be combined with other UB scholarships.

  • Open to incoming freshman and transfer students who will be enrolled full-time
  • For fall semester applicants only (not spring, summer, or winter)
  • Must submit a complete university application before April 15th to be considered
Scholarship recipient Suha Kim.
SAT/ACT requirements WAIVED

Because many testing centers are closed due to COVID-19, submission of SAT/ACT scores is optional for all applicants.

Applicants without these test scores will have the same chance at admission and scholarship consideration as those with them.

Learn more about the International Admissions Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to qualified incoming freshman (first-year) students who have no course work or credits completed at a postsecondary institution and to incoming transfer students
  • Available to qualified students initially enrolling in the fall semester

Application and Review Process

  • All qualified applicants will be considered for the scholarship as part of the regular application review process; scholarship decisions are made after the initial admission decision.
  • Scholarships are awarded using a holistic review process. While GPA and test scores are important criteria, they are not the only criteria we consider.
  • A Scholarship Interest Form is sent to admitted applicants for completion. This optional form is an important tool in making scholarship award decisions.
  • Scholarship award announcements are made via email.


Apply early!

Only complete applications received before April 15th will be given scholarship consideration.
The earlier you apply, the better your chances. 

Scholarship awards are announced regularly between December 20th and April 20th.

Other Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Athletic Scholarships

The University at Buffalo is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and offers top-tier, NCAA Division I athletics. We recruit athletes from all over the world, especially among our neighbors in Canada. Student athletes are usually at the top of their division or conference levels in secondary schools. We offer athletic scholarships in many different sports.

Interested students should fill out the UB athletic recruitment questionnaire.

Men's Football.

Men's Football

Women's Soccer.

Women's Soccer

Student Employment

Working on campus is a great way to help pay for your educational expenses and gain valuable work experience.

When classes are in session

During school breaks


Up to 20 hours per week

Up to 40 hours per week


NOT PERMITTED to work off campus unless you have special permission from the government

NOT PERMITTED to work off campus unless you have special permission from the government

The UB Career Services office provides many resources to assist you in finding on-campus work.

  • On-campus jobs are posted on the Career Services website so that you can search for available positions.
  • Career Services will help you write a resume and provides interview practice with professional feedback.
  • Typical on-campus jobs include working in offices, laboratories, libraries, residence halls (hostels) and dining facilities.
Student working in an office on campus.

Ming working as an Ambassador in the Office of International Admissions

Students working in a food truck on campus.

Students working on one of UB's food trucks

Most on-campus jobs pay minimum wage (sometimes more depending on the type of work). Even working the maximum allowed hours will not provide sufficient income to pay for your tuition and living costs, however. Please do not plan to work on campus as a way to pay for your education. Rather, use on-campus work to supplement your parents’ contributions to help cover personal expenses and provide pocket money.

UB Tuition Payment Plan

UB offers an installment tuition payment plan so that your tuition payments can be spread throughout the year. While tuition and fees are normally paid in full at the beginning of each semester, you can sign up to make scheduled payments. 

Other scholarships, grants and loans

Scholarships and grants are available from many nonprofit and service organizations as well as government programs. Spend the time to do some research early in the application process and you may find some great funding opportunities to help with your educational costs. We have gathered a list (below) of some of the best known ones as a starting point.

Many families obtain education loans with low interest rates and favorable repayment terms. Education loans are an acceptable source of financial documentation for the issuance of a student visa. Check with your local bank and educational advisors for more information, and use the list below as a starting point.

Funding search engines

Educational loans

Scholarships, grants and fellowships

The University at Buffalo does not endorse, recommend or have any relationship with any of the organizations and companies listed on this page. Furthermore, the university is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on the websites and documents listed. This information is provided only as a tool to begin your research.

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