International financial aid programs

If you are a student from the United States, Canada or India, you may be eligible for assistance with study costs through international financial aid programs.

Canadian and Indian students 

Global Education Management Services (GEMS) partners with highly regarded and experienced financing companies to provide the best loan options for students from Canada and India pursuing their educations outside of their home countries. 

United States students 

Federal student loans 

Curtin University is a deferment only institution and therefore no longer certifies US federal loans, such as loans applied for under the Direct Loan Program (DLP) or the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). 

Private student loans 

Curtin University predominately liaises with Sallie Mae, who is a private loan provider for US students’ educational requirements, such as the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. 

If you are successful in obtaining a private loan, Curtin University will normally receive two cheques over the course of 12 months or the period of enrolment up to 12 months for each loan. The cheque is made co-payable to you and the University, and so Curtin will contact you once each cheque arrives to organise the deposit of the cheque. 

If you make any changes to your enrolment, such as a leave of absence or course withdrawal, you must email to advise so that the necessary reporting adjustments can be made to your loan. 

Deferring loans 

Curtin University can approve deferments for students who have already received US Federal Student Loans. If you have in the past received a US federal student loan and you are enrolled at Curtin University on at least a part-time basis, you can apply to defer repayment of those loans. Please contact your lender for the appropriate deferment form and submit this with your request to

Additional resources 

American Student Assistance (ASA) website – while ASA no longer provides loans to US students at Curtin University, they do have a wide range of resources to help manage your loans. 

Please note that all international financial aid programs are offered and funded by external institutions, not by Curtin University.

If you receive funds as part of a loan, you must repay them as directed by your loan provider. It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities before signing up for any loan.