There are numerous external financing options but most of them apply to German and EU nationals (who have resided in Germany for the past 2-3 years) only.
External Scholarships and Stipends
We have compiled a list of German foundations who offfer scholarships and stipends to national and international students: listing of External Scholarships and Stipends
MyStipendium.de: Search engine to help you find the stipend which matches your profile.
Elternkompass: Beratung und Hilfe bei der Suche nach einem geeigneten Stipendium (German students only!)
External Funding for US Students - Veterans Benefits
Alternative Student Loans
If you’ve been offered a tuition deferral as part of your financial aid package, you may wish to do some research on loans in your home country which may have a more favourable interest rate. Should you find a more suitable bank loan to fully or partly cover Jacobs University’s tuition deferral, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at sfs [at] jacobs-university.de, and we will adjust your financial aid package accordingly.
The most favourable alternative to any bank loan is the so-called Bildungsfonds. It offers students a monthly support of up to 1.000 EUR and helps with paying the tuition fees. The repayment starts as soon as a student has found a job after graduation and is dependant on the income then earned. You would then only pay back a certain percentage of your income over a given period of time. The total amount repaid could be the same, more or less of the amount you actually received. The Bildungsfonds is highly competitive and it awards funding to the best applicants only. Although the Bildungsfonds is not limited to German nationals, the information on the website indicates that you need to have a good knowledge, if not be fluent, in German. For more information, please see: http://www.bildungsfonds.de
The student loan of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) is the most popular student loan among our German students.
Student loans and grants given to German students based on their parents' income. For more information please see: www.das-neue-bafoeg.de
Here you will find more information regarding educational loans in Germany.