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268 Schools that Give Financial Aid to International Students

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In an effort to increase diversity and welcome new perspectives, more and more colleges are accepting international students. In turn, more international students are looking to study in the United States.


This can bring international students many opportunities, but often, it comes with a hefty price tag. Financial aid can help offset the cost, but not every school gives international students aid. So, which colleges offer financial aid to international students?


Read on for a full list of U.S. colleges and universities that offer financial aid to international students and tips to keep in mind as you apply. 


Sources of Financial Aid for International Students


The financial aid process is complicated for American students, nevermind the added paperwork of applying as an international student. To start, estimate the total or true cost of the school, taking into account the full price tag, including tuition, room, and board.




Many colleges offer scholarships specifically for international students, and organizations— such as EducationUSA, a program run by the U.S. Department of State—offer even more. Keep in mind that the scholarship requirements for GPA, test scores, and other factors are often very high. Learn more about these scholarships in U.S. College Scholarships for International Students.


Some scholarships are need-based, meaning they are granted to students based on their financial circumstances, while others are merit-based, meaning they are based on your qualifications. Some colleges offer merit-based scholarships for international students, such as Carleton College’s Full-Tuition Scholarships, which are granted to six international students every year.


Financial Aid


You’ll also need to familiarize yourself with the terms need-blind and need-aware. Need-blind means the college doesn’t take into account your financial situation and whether you’ll need financial aid when making its admissions decisions. Need-aware means your need for financial aid is a factor in the admissions process. Many colleges are need-blind for American students but need-aware for international students.


International students are not eligible for federal work-study, but some colleges offer their own work-study programs for which you may qualify. Remember to keep in mind the requirements of your student visa, because there may be work restrictions.


Other Alternatives


Consider different paths if the cost of college is a roadblock. You could, for example, start at a cheaper community college and transfer, such that you’re spending less time—and fewer tuition dollars—at a more expensive college or university but still graduating with a degree from that school.


Colleges Offering Need-Blind Financial Aid to International Students


The below colleges and universities don’t take your financial need into account when making admissions decisions, meaning they are need-blind. These schools meet international students’ full financial aid needs through a combination of scholarships and other resources.





Undergrad Enrollment

Acceptance Rate

Amherst College




Harvard University




Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT




Princeton University




Yale University





Schools That Offer Financial Aid to International Students


The below schools offer financial aid to international students. They are organized by state and alphabetically within each state.




Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 




Harding University




Alliant International University

ArtCenter College of Design

Azusa Pacific University

California Lutheran University

California State University San Bernardino

Claremont McKenna College

Dominican University of California

Menlo College

Notre Dame de Namur University

Occidental College

Pepperdine University

Saint Mary’s College of California

Stanford University

University of San Diego

University of Southern California

Whittier College




Naropa University

University of Denver




CT College

Quinnipiac University

University of Bridgeport

Wesleyan University

Yale University




Goldey-Beacom College


District of Columbia


American University

The Catholic University of America

The George Washington University




Eckerd College

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Southern College

Lynn University

Northwood University

Ringling School of Art and Design

Rollins College

Saint Leo University

The University of Tampa

University of Central Florida

University of Miami




Agnes Scott College

Emory University

The Savannah College of Art and Design




Augustana College

DePaul University

Elmhurst College

Illinois College

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Knox College

Lake Forest College

Northwestern University

Saint Xavier University

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The University of Chicago




Ball State University

Butler University

DePauw University

Earlham College

Manchester College

Purdue University

Saint Mary’s College

University of Evansville

University of Southern Indiana

Valparaiso University




Clarke College

Cornell College

Drake University

Grinnell College

Loras College

Luther College

University of Dubuque

Wartburg College




Berea College

Campbellsville University

Centre College




Tulane University




College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Goucher College

Hood College

Johns Hopkins University

Maryland Institute College of Art

St John’s College

Washington College




American International College

Amherst College

Babson College

Bentley College

Boston University

Brandeis University

Clark University

Dean College

Emerson College

Endicott College

Hampshire College

Harvard College

MA College of Art

Mount Ida College

Northeastern University

Regis College

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Smith College

Suffolk University

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

The Boston Conservatory

Tufts University

Wellesley College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wheaton College

Williams College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute




Adrian College

Albion College

Calvin College

College for Creative Studies

Grand Valley State University

Hope College

Kalamazoo College

Lawrence Technological University 




Carleton College

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

College of St Catherine

Concordia College

Hamline University

Macalester College

Minnesota State University Mankato

St Olaf College

The College of St Scholastica 




Columbia College

Culver Stockton College

Saint Louis University

Washington University in St Louis

Webster University




Rocky Mountain College




Creighton University

University of Nebraska at Omaha 


New Hampshire


Dartmouth College

New England College


New Jersey


Drew University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Monmouth University

Princeton University

Stevens Institute of Technology


New Mexico


New Mexico Highlands University


New York


Adelphi University

Bard College

Berkeley College

Clarkson University

Colgate University

Columbia University

Cornell University

D’Youville College

Elmira College

Eugene Lang College/New School University

Fisher College

Fordham University

Hamilton College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Iona College

Ithaca College

Lally School of Management & Technology

Manhattanville College

Niagara University

New York University

Parsons the New School for Design, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology

School of Visual Arts

Skidmore College

St Lawrence University

State University of New York-Plattsburgh

Union College

University of Rochester

Utica College

Vassar College

Wells College


North Carolina


Campbell University

Davidson College

Duke University

Elon University

Guilford College

Methodist College




Antioch College

Ashland University

Denison University

Hiram College

Kenyon College

Miami University

Ohio Wesleyan University

The College of Wooster

Ohio State University

University of Cincinnati

Wittenberg University

Xavier University




The University of Tulsa




George Fox University

Lewis & Clark College

Linfield College

Reed College

University of Oregon

University of Portland




Albright College

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Chatham College

Dickinson College

Drexel University

Duquesne University

Elizabethtown College

Franklin & Marshall College

Gettysburg College

Juniata College

La Roche College

Lafayette College

Lebanon Valley College

Lehigh University

Marywood University

Moravian College

Seton-Hill University

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Susquehanna University

Swarthmore College

The University of The Arts

University of Pennsylvania

Ursinus College

Villanova University

Widener University


Rhode Island


Brown University

Bryant University

Johnson & Wales University

Roger Williams University

Salve Regina University




Belmont University

Carson-Newman College

Memphis College of Art

Rhodes College

Sewanee, The University of the South

Vanderbilt University




Rice University

Southern Methodist University

St Mary’s University, San Antonio

Stephen F Austin State University

Texas Christian University

Trinity University

University of Dallas




Bennington College

Landmark College

Middlebury College

Saint Michael’s College




George Mason University

Randolph College

Roanoke College

Shenandoah University

Sweet Briar College

University of Richmond

Virginia International University

Washington and Lee University




Cornish College of the Arts

Pacific Lutheran University

University of Puget Sound

Whitman College




Beloit College

Lawrence University

Marquette University

St Norbert College

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-Superior


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