Most financial aid in the United States is restricted to students who are from the United States or who are legal residents or green card holders—and, of course, that is all related to taxes and federal money. However, there is money available for international kids, just not a lot, and what’s available really varies from school to school.
A handful of schools have a lot of money for any kid, and a handful of schools have money just for international kids…
Important to keep in mind:
- International aid varies widely – Some schools aggressively seek foreign students with financial aid while some offer no aid.
- Applying for aid as a non-U.S. citizen will impact admissions decisions at some schools.
- Students who do not hold US citizenship or are not permanent residents of the US are not eligible for federal financial assistance.
- Home country is sometimes the most important source of financial aid.
Six schools including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Amherst, and MIT are need blind regardless of a student’s country of origin. This means that if accepted, students obtain the necessary financial aid. Yet, financial aid is available for international students at a number of other colleges. Go to http://www.internationalstudent.com and discover, for example, that Stanford has 885 international UG students, of whom 203 were awarded, on average, $29,000 in financial aid. Aid is also available at USC and Pepperdine, though in much more limited quantities. Specifically, of Pepperdine’s 236 international students 60 were awarded aid, with each receiving, on average, $23,000.
Resources for international students:
- Scholarship Sources for International Students
- International Student
- Best Schools for Foreign Students
- Financial Aid for International Students
- Don’t wait too long to request college financial aid (costofcollege.wordpress.com)