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emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 34785 replies1076 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
Many international students on this site are looking for aid-
Most US schools do not- but there are some that do.
Schools with Financial Aid for International Undergraduate Students
Some US schools are more likely than others to offer financial aid for international undergraduate students. The lists below indicate which schools offer aid (including grants, loans, and jobs) to the largest numbers of international students. The lists are based on a list originally compiled by Douglas C. Thompson.

To be included in the following lists, the schools must have an average award that is greater than 1/5 of the cost of attendance. The financial aid may include grants, loans, and jobs, and often includes both merit and need-based awards. Within each group, schools are listed in alphabetical order.

(Remember that a much greater number of schools provide financial aid for international graduate students in the form of teaching and research assistantships. For information about financial aid for graduate study in the US, you should contact the schools that interest you even if they aren't included in the lists below.)

It a school is not listed here, it probably does not have much financial aid for international students. However, it is worth noting that some schools may have athletic scholarships that are open to both international students and US students. The lists below do not count the number of athletic scholarships awarded to international students.

Schools with Awards to More than 150 Students

Arizona State University (AZ)
Barry University (FL)
Clark Univ. (MA)
Eastern Michigan Univ. (MI)
Grinnell College (IA)
Harding Univ. (AR)
Harvard (MA)
Illinois Inst. of Tech. (IL)
Liberty Univ. (VA)
Louisiana State Univ. (LA)
Macalester College (MN)
Marquette Univ. (WI)
Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Ohio Wesleyan Univ. (OH)
Princeton (NJ)
Univ. of Bridgeport (CT)
Univ. of Houston (TX)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (PA)
Univ. of South Florida (FL)

Schools with Awards to 100-149 Students

Brown Univ. (RI)
Calvin College (MI)
College of Wooster (OH)
Dartmouth (NH)
Dordt College (IA)
Eckerd College (FL)
Florida Inst. of Tech. (FL)
Georgia Southern Univ. (GA)
Graceland College (IA)
Luther College (IA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Northeast Louisiana (LA)
Oberlin (OH)
Savannah Coll. of Art (GA)
Slippery Rock Univ. (PA)
Smith College (MA)
Stanford (CA)
Texas Christian Univ. (TX)
Tri-State Univ. (IN)
Univ. of Miami (FL)
Univ. of Rochester (NY)
Yale (CT)

Schools with Awards to 50-99 Students
Abilene Christian Univ. (TX)
Allegheny College (PA)
Augsburg College (MN)
Beloit College (WI)
Bethany College (WV)
Brandeis Univ. (MA)
Bryn Mawr College (PA)
California Lutheran (CA)
Cleveland Inst. of Music (OH)
Colby College (ME)
Columbia Univ. (NY)
Concordia Coll. (MN)
Cornell Univ. (NY)
Denison Univ. (OH)
Franklin & Marshall (PA)
George Wash. Univ. (DC)
Goshen College (IN)
Houghton College (NY)
Ithaca College (NY)
Julliard School (NY)
Knox College (IL)
Lake Forest College (IL)
Lawrence Univ. (WI)
Lewis & Clark (OR)
Lynn Univ. (FL)
Maharishi Intl. Univ. (IA)
Monmouth College (IL)
North Park Univ. (IL)
Principia College (IL)
Rochester Inst. of Tech. (NY)
St. Augustine's College (NC)
St. Johns College (MD)
St. Lawrence Univ. (NY)
St. Olaf College (MN)
Trinity College (CT)
Tulane Univ. (LA)
Univ. of Maine (ME)
Univ. of Wisc./Eau Clair (WI)
US International Univ. (CA)
Washington College (MD)
Washington Univ. (MO)
Wesleyan Univ. (CT)
Western Maryland Coll. (MD)
Wittenberg Univ. (OH)

Schools with Awards to 15-49 Students

Albright College (PA)
Amherst College (MA)
Augustana College (IL)
Bard College (NY)
Bates College (ME)
Bennington College (VT)
Bowdoin College (ME)
CalTech (CA)
Central College (IA)
Coe College (IA)
Colgate Univ. (NY)
Davidson College (NC)
Dickinson College (PA)
Earlham College (IN)
Eastern Nazarene (MA)
Elizabethtown College (PA)
Elmira College (NY)
Gettysburg College (PA)
Gustavas Adolphus Coll. (MN)
Hamilton College (NY)
Hampshire College (MA)
Hood College (MD)
Johns Hopkins (MD)
Kalamazoo College (MI)
Kenyon College (OH)
Lafayette College (PA)
Messiah College (PA)
Michigan State Univ. (MI)
Mount Union College (OH)
Occidental College (CA)
Spalding Univ. (KY)
Swarthmore College (PA)
Taylor Univ. (IN)
Thomas Aquinas Coll. (CA)
Troy State Univ. (AL)
Univ. of Chicago (IL)
Univ. of Colorado/Bldr (CO)
Univ. of Oregon (OR)
Univ. of St. Thomas (MN)
Univ. of the South (TN)
Vassar College (NY)
Wabash College (IN)
Wellesley College (MA)
West Virginia Wesleyan (WV)
William Smith College (NY)
Williams College (MA)

But as you can see it is quite competitve-I don't think schools are need blind or generally offer 100% either to internationals.
In our area international students generally attend community colleges to save money.
edited January 2014
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  • s2mercurys2mercury 28 replies11 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Following colleges are need-blind toward international students as of now:
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  • anonamousanonamous 795 replies99 threadsRegistered User Member
    anymore need-blind colleges that are not as hard to get in as those you listed?
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  • kenyon_10kenyon_10 559 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    I would also like to warn international students seeking aid that need-blind does not mean it is generous when giving out aid. Middlebury for example award loans, and lots of it. Whereas schools like Bates, Connecticut College and Colorado College do NOT award loans. All grants which will increase as tuition increases.

    Do ask colleges questions about financial aid because if you don't ask, you will most probably get a shock when you receive your aid package. Ask about loans, interests (and whether it's interest free while you are in college), and questions like cost of air tickets and such.

    And as a matter of fact, schools that award more aid to # of international students means that their aid package wouldnt be that good (unless of course they have got huge endowments). For example, Beloit, Knox usually never go beyond half-tuition whereas Bates, Kenyon can go all the way up to full tuition.
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  • HImomHImom 34348 replies391 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm surprised not to see USoCal listed as a school that gives aid to international students as I know they have a large population of international students & have read from some international posters that they received substantial merit aid.
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  • shashankshashank 8 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Do you think applying for Financial aid to any good college reduces one's chances of getting admitted ?...how to apply most efectively...
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  • lindalanalindalana 344 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    Knox college has program for priority application which deadline Nov 1.
    They waive your appl fee and give you decision in two weeks. While they can estimate income from parents occupation/ zip code etc. I do not think admission is based fin need. I do believe that fin need becomes very strong factor when admitted from wait list or sending your application very late when there only few spots left.
    So my adivce is to apply early specially if college has early acceptance program.
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  • shashankshashank 8 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for your prompt & postive feedback...I really appreciate it.On an average what % is the aid to overall costs.Any idea about IVY colleges behaviour where similar courses are offered.
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  • HImomHImom 34348 replies391 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Aid offered varies all over the map, depending on the U, how much they want the particular candidate/student, what your FAFSA & Profile reveal, and other factors. SOME schools will consider offers made by schools they consider "comparable" while others won't. Merit awards are nice and do NOT depend on the financial circumstances of the student but require students to meet criteria (GPA & credits) to keep the scholarships; they can be & often are awarded for 4 years, if the student meets criteria. It is important to find out how many (what %) students keep their awards.
    FAid can be varying %s of loans, which do have to be repaid & some wonder how much "aid" the offer really is. There are many loan calculators that help calculate repayment for loans. One of my favorites is:

    Oh yea, since this is an international thread, it may be even tougher to get money, since many schools give most of their awards to US citizens & permanent residents, but you should inquire with the schools you're interested in about their specific policies.
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  • overseasoverseas 2872 replies53 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    shashank, look carefully at the lacs in the midwest and south. If you are top in your country look to the the "ivies." If not, study up on the great schools in the center of the USA. If you are a decent student and taking the hardest curriculum you can count on a half scholarship from some schools. I have been working with international students and there is hope in looking beyond the norm. Applying for aid will not reduce your chances if you have something to bring to the campus: your language, perspective, culture. Look to schools in Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee and the like. Next spring, you will have many offers if you chose your schools correctly.
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  • manahttan_nickmanahttan_nick 7 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Could you please tell me what are the need-blind schools in the United States for international studets transfering from another US school? Kindly list all of them. Thank you.
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  • manahttan_nickmanahttan_nick 7 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I have gotten 550 in math and 450 in verbal in SAT Reasoning Test. And 470 in Physics, 510 in Writing, 550 in Math Level 1 test of SAT II Subject tests. I have a lot of community involvement, very high GPA and a lot of extra-curricular activities. I want to transfer to Harvard from CUNY Hunter College in fall 2007 as international student from a US school. Should I take the SAT's again? What subjects tests should I take. Are my chances for admission affected by lower SAT scores? can you give me some tips to score high on SAT's. Thanks.
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  • ArseusArseus 106 replies49 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    i have a 1380 SAT1 and 750biology e/m, 780 writing, and 740 math2c.
    but i can't pay more than $3000. even that's stretching it. what can i do.
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  • lsherpa_coollsherpa_cool 74 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    manhattan seriously needs to improve on the SATs. harvard is not among the colleges where SATs are optional. With that score you will never get into Harvard, more so when you are a transfer candidate.
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  • UStudyUStudy 14 replies5 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Can anyone tell me how the OACAC list was put together?
    I am an educational consultant located in the Netherlands, Europe, and got in all of my clients with merit scholarships for all 4 years of study.

    To name some of these schools which are not listed on the OACAC list and the amount they were offering per year to the students:

    Augustana College $ 10,000
    Eckerd College $ 10,000
    North Central College $ 10,000
    Rhodes College $ 5,000
    Rollins College $ 6,000
    University of the Redlands $ 10,000

    Some of these schools first offered zero and with a little persuasion were easily offering quite an amount between 5,000 to 10,000.

    Hope this is helpful to other international students.
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  • bears_ehbears_eh 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'n a US citizen moving to London for my undergraduate degree. I don't know where to go for financing. Some international schools have a US federal ID & students can go through the Stafford, PLUS loans, etc. But my school doesn't have a US federal ID.

    I've looked into the usual private loans, including some international sites, but they keep telling me my school is not a qualified.

    Time is running out and I don't know what else to look. Any suggestions?
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  • megtfsmegtfs 248 replies27 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    What about Pell and Fanni May (is that what they are called?) What uni in London are you planning oin going to? Their financial aid office should be able to help you.
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  • pinklipstickpinklipstick 3 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I am a citizen of the UK, I am applying for FIDM fall 2007. I found out from my admissions adviser that international students are unable to receive Finanicial Aid or Scholarships, my mother is a single parent she earns less than the average minimum wage per year. I don't earn enough to fund for college, i don't like most colleges/universities here in the UK. I would really like a chance to attend FIDM, but i don't know how i would pay finance. Does anybody know where i could apply for financial aid/scholarships for international students whose parent is single. Any advice anybody can give i would be very greatful.
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  • jgs8919jgs8919 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Does Columbia offer a lot of aid? because as much as i know and have read, they do give as much as they can...but is that enough? does anyone here know about it?
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  • haru07haru07 648 replies13 threadsRegistered User Member
    So Redlands gives $10000 only...off my list!
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  • overseasoverseas 2872 replies53 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    We have had international students at my school who have received 50% financial aid from schools including Trinity U in San Antonio, Grinnell, Lawrence, Illinois Wesleyan, Wooster. It is a tricky business when you are an international. You have to be diligent when looking for the right match between what you can offer a school and what a school can offer you.
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