Just keeping this thread active for a second year in a row, thanks first to the OP for bringing this topic up. I was curious to know if you guys had any info on how an international applicant's US credit history impacted securing student loans from the school's credit unions. My background is I am currently on H1B and I have lived in the US for a good 10 years. I have a good credit history. Does this impact the credit rate I might receive should I go for a US loan?
Also, I think this goes without saying that it is important to check if a school offers a loan without co-signer prior to applying. From what I heard last year, McCombs Austin does not offer student loans.
I am not an expert to this but from what I know, you cannot get the US loans because you are not a citizen/permanent resident. If I recall correctly, H1-B visa is not classified as permanent resident but you would know that better than me by now.
However, If you could find a co-signor, I think that you would get a better rate than an international student with the same co-signor, and that is so because of your credit-history. You should be able to easily find it out though, just try contacting any bank in the US that offers grad school loans.
Hope it helps