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International Student Aid

International students might be eligible for private educational credit-based loans. Most of the lenders offer better terms for alternative educational loans with a co-signer.

List of Scholarship Websites

  • fastweb.monster.com: the largest free scholarship search on the internet.
  • www.ciee.org: Council on International Exchange provides assistance with study abroad programs and internships, international student identification cards, student travel services, English as a second language instruction and testing.
  • www.edupass.org: information for international students interested in study in the U.S., covers many topics of interest to international students.
  • www.iie.org: The Institute of International Education administers the US Fulbright program and manages over 250 international education programs. The IIE site includes: scholarship books, information on Asia Help and Balkan Help and etc.
  • www.iefa.org: International education Financial Aid is a site that contains a free searchable database of several hundred scholarships and awards for international students.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Click on the link below to find your center!”

The F-1 Student Visa Status

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) will assist international students in securing and maintaining their lawful nonimmigrant student status in the U.S. Upon admission to the School of Public Policy, international students will receive the Form I-20 from the OISS. The Form I-20 is the document needed in order to make application for the F-1 (student) visa from abroad and be lawfully admitted to the U.S. in F-1 status. For those who are already in the U.S., the Form I-20 is needed to apply for a change of nonimmigrant visa status to F-1, or obtain permission to change schools in the U.S.

Questions about immigration can be directed to the Office of International Student Services.

Cost of Attendance 

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is provided as a guide when estimating the costs of the Master of Public Policy degree program at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. The COA is based on normal charges incurred by most students; however, individual charges may vary based on the student's choice of housing, meal plan, program of study, total units enrolled, and other miscellaneous items.

All expenses are estimated costs for the first full year of your academic program and calculated for the purpose of the issuance of the Form I-20 which is required to obtain your F1 student visa. 

Tuition is based on the tuition cost per unit/flat rate for the academic year and the total units you will be expected to take during the program's first full year. Living costs are estimated expenses that include housing and food calculated for the first full year. Other costs are estimated expenses that include books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, the University wellness fee and health insurance for the first full year of your academic program.

Note: If you have a dependent, please add $1,000 per month for each dependent ($12,000 for the first full year of study) to the total cost of attendance. All rates are subject to change.  

Please be aware that tuition and fees are updated annually and those and other living expenses are expected to increase annually.  

For international students, financial aid provided by Pepperdine University is limited to scholarships that may have been awarded upon admission. Additional/emergency funding will not be available after enrollment. As such, students should ensure they can fund the entirety of their education and living expenses.