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Colleges with need based financial aid


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Colleges with financial aid for international undergraduate students

Few private colleges and universities offer need based financial aid to the international students. Need based aid is awarded in a "package", which generally includes college grants and self help (job and/or loan). Financial aid based on need is awarded only after reviewing the detailed financial information of a student's family as recorded in the financial aid application forms, which is required of students applying for financial aid.

Need Blind

Only six institutions admit international undergraduate students under "need blind" policy. In these colleges, applying for financial aid will not affect your chances of being admitted. You will compete with other applicants for the available spots solely based on your academic and personal achievement. If you are admitted, the college will meet your full demonstrated need.

Harvard UniversityMiddlebury College
Yale University         
Princeton University
Williams CollegeMIT

Need Aware but Generous

These colleges are not need blind but most of them provide generous aid to the international students they admit. The aid might even cover the full cost of attendance for those with demonstrated need. Competition for spot in these colleges is intense and you must be a top student in your country or have exceptional academic and personal qualities to get

Amherst College                          
Brown University
Stanford University               
Colgate University
Dartmouth CollegeDuke University
Macalester CollegeGrinnell College
Carleton CollegeUniversity of Richmond
Bowdoin CollegeSwarthmore College
Reed CollegeBates College
Pomona CollegeSt. Lawrence University
Kenyon CollegeBrandeis University
Union CollegeUniversity of Pennsylvania
Lafayette CollegeWashington and Lee University
Gettysburg CollegeCornell University
Dickinson CollegeFranklin and Marshall College
Smith College (women)Mount Holyoke College (women)
Vassar CollegeColby University
Wesleyan UniversityClaremont McKenna College
Cal TechTrinity College
Wellesley College (women)Connecticut College
Hamilton CollegeSarah Lawrence College
Occidental College

University of Chicago

Other colleges with substancial financial aid or full scholarships

Berea CollegeEarlham College
Trinity UniversityLehigh University
Johns Hopkins UniversityEarlham College
Colorado CollegeWabash College (men)

Berea College provides full scholarships to every admitted international student; it admits about 25 international students, who demonstrate significant financial need, each fall.