Financial Aid for International
A Vocabulary Lesson
Students and their families are often confused by the label “need-blind
admissions”. US Schools That Offer Need-Blind Admission to International
Students - under a need-blind admissions policy, a college or university will
admit students regardless of their ability to pay, and for any students that
cannot afford the price tag, the university awards scholarships and other
institutional aid to make up the difference. Basically, if you can get in, you can
afford to go - they are:
MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Massachusetts
Harvard University in Massachusetts
Princeton University in New Jersey
Yale University in Connecticut
Williams College in Massachusetts
Middlebury College in Vermont
Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
Amherst College in Massachusetts
“Need aware” schools know if a student will need aid, but the admissions
officers do not know how much aid is needed.
It used to be called a scholarship
Merit based aid—aid given because of high
grades and/or standardized test scores.
Need based aid—aid given because of family
need as determined by the school or
government. “All demonstrated need” can not
be what the family expects.
Named or nominated scholarship—aid awarded
to highly qualified students that usually require
These sites do not require paying any fees.
International Student—has list of schools by state that have financial aid for international students. Note:
list seems incomplete. http://www.internationalstudent.com/schools_awarding_aid/
Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid—Fastweb Scholarship Search http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/
College Board fund finder
U.S. Department of Education
Peterson’s Education Center http://www.petersons.com/finaid/file.asp?id=780&path=ug.pfs.financial
International Education Financial Aid
College Net does a search based on person profile http://www.collegenet.com/mach25/app
College Scholarships—includes grants and loans
Next Student—college funding including loans and scholarship searches
International Scholarships data base
The Rowe Fund Student Loan Program helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member
States finance their studies in universities across the United States by awarding interest free loans. For
more information see our brochure and to download the application forms, please visit our webpage at:
www.oas.org/rowe or contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The student receives all or almost all the
funds needed to attend a school.
The aid package might include:
Scholarships or grants
Athletic scholarships—the process is complicated
and extremely rigid. The student might have to go
through the NCAA process, but they must check with
Music, arts, drama, community service—again the
process depends on the individual university.
American University DC 374 $41,919 107 $15,793 $1,689,851
Amherst College MA 101 $43,320 69 $31,398 $2,166,435
Arizona State University AZ 1,099 $22,601 527 $7,349 $3,873,386
Bard College NY 88 $44,850 80 $28,889 $2,311,098
Barry University FL 256 $30,489 161 $11,022 $1,774,585
Bates College ME 98 $44,200 78 $34,870 $2,719,865
Beloit College WI 70 $34,608 61 $19,229 $1,172,992
Boston University MA 1,060 $45,992 90 $26,382 $2,374,405
Bowdoin College ME 52 $41,780 36 $34,191 $1,230,895
Brandeis University MA 218 $43,564 103 $26,232 $2,701,998
Brown University RI 355 $44,076 106 $30,163 $3,197,300
Bryn Mawr College PA 105 $42,420 77 $30,079 $2,316,122
California Institute of Technology CA 62 $41,019 43 $32,976 $1,417,968
Calvin College MI 330 $27,960 327 $11,967 $3,913,345
Canisius College NY 92 $32,032 92 $14,672 $1,349,847
Colby College ME 136 $41,700 129 $37,062 $4,781,112
Colgate University NY 152 $42,935 131 $33,628 $4,405,382
College of Wooster OH 116 $35,000 106 $19,031 $2,017,286
You will need to send
The International Student Certificate of
Financial Support which requires a bank
statement with an original signature and
The International Student Financial Aid
Application which also requires a bank
Some universities have their own forms.
The Best Path to Financial Aid
Do research on individual universities and
their current policies.
Keep an open mind.
Seek out funds from private sources.
Do not give up.