International Students

Loan Options for International Students

Johnson and QUORUM Federal Credit Union have partnered to offer a no co-signor loan to admitted students in our full-time two-year MBA and one-year MBA programs. This loan program is available at a competitive rate, allowing international students to borrow up to the cost-of-tuition only less any scholarship received without a co-signer, as long as the international student either has no credit or at least good credit in the United States.

In accordance with regulatory guidelines, students from Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC)-sanctioned countries are NOT eligible for this loan. Sanctioned countries include Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia), Belarus, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, DR Congo, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Details and terms of the loan will be sent directly to international students who are offered admission.

Please note: Johnson does not allow US student loans to be used on a declaration of finances form.  For information on I-20 VISA requirements, click here.

International students should investigate all sources of funding within their own countries, such as government scholarships and loans, private agencies, and bank loan programs.

CREDILA (students from India) Visit

CanLearn (students from Canada) Visit

Alternative Private Educational loan Programs:
International students also have the option to borrow through a US lender with a credit worthy US or permanent resident co-signer. A co-signer loan may carry a lower interest rate.  Students are responsible for researching and applying for their alternative loan. You may borrow up to the total cost of attendance less any financial aid.  We have a neutral lender list which students from Cornell have previously borrowed through. The contact information is provided as a service and not as an endorsement of the lender. You may choose one of these or any other lender of your choice:

Citizens TruFit Student Loan

Discover MBA Student Loan (must have SSN)

Sallie Mae Smart Option

Wells Fargo Graduate Loan


For further information, contact:

Financial Aid Office
113 Sage Hall
Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

phone: 607 255 6116
e-mail: Financial Aid