Financial Aid for international students are available in forms of Assistantship viz. Graduate Assistantship, Teaching assistantship, Dean’s fellowship, Merit based assistantship and Need based fellowship.
The assistantships are given to the students who have good academic records, recommendations, good GRE and TOEFL scores and statement of purpose. Most student apply for a assistantship along with the application.
Another way to seek assistantship is by interacting with the professors in the department where she/he wants to apply. If the professors agrees to accept the student, she/he gets the remuneration from the professor for the number of hours they work.
Many universities also offers co-operative program wherein after completing first year of MS the student can formally work and get paid in the industry till next semester (i.e. till six months) depending upon the program and the come back to the university and complete rest of the credits.