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85 Best US Colleges Offering Maximum Financial Aid to International Undergrad Students

Top US Colleges Offering Maximum Financial Aid to International Undergrad Students

Being the home to 60 – 70% of the top 100 universities in the world, the US attracts several international students for undergraduate studies. Abroad education does cost money; especially if you are targeting the top colleges in the US. But, if you demonstrate merit and financial need, the US colleges do offer generous financial aid towards tuition and boarding fees. In this post, we will look at the top US colleges that offer maximum financial aid to international students at the undergraduate level.

 

Top US Colleges Offering Maximum Financial Aid to International Undergrad Students

 

The US College Admissions process is pretty competitive. On top of that, undergraduate education in the US is really expensive for international students. Then there are few top public colleges (for instance, UT Austin and UC Berkeley) that do not offer financial aid to the international students at all. The admission and financial aid allocations are quite complex. In this post, we will try to give you insights on admissions and financial aid at the top US colleges.

 

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Admission and Financial Aid Guide for Undergraduate Studies in the USA for 2019 – 2020

 

College% International (Int'l) Undergrad StudentsCost of Attendance (Tuition + Boarding)Ave. amount of Financial Aid as % of Cost of AttendanceAve. Cost of Attendance after Financial Aid% of Int'l Students Receiving Financial AidOverall Acceptance Rate (%)Ave. SAT ScoreAve. ACT Score Composite
American University11$72,00037$45,0008291200 - 135026 - 30
Amherst College9.2$78,00079$16,50087141350 - 145030 - 34
Austin College2.5$61,00039$37,50094521050 - 129022 - 27
Babson College27.8$75,00046$41,00014241190 - 138026 - 30
Bard College7.8$78,00063$29,00048581250 - 140029 - 33
Barnard College9.1$79,00078$17,00011151280 - 150028 - 32
Bates College7.4$78,00071$22,50055221270 - 145029 - 32
Boston University21.3$77,50045$42,5005.2251280 - 140027 - 32
Bowdoin College5$76,00073$20,00052141290 - 151030 - 34
Brandeis University21$78,00066$26,5008.7341230 - 145029 - 33
Brown University12.4$77,50072$21,50018.49.11330 - 157030 - 43
Bryn Mawr College22.7$76,50072$21,50038.3381310 - 150027 - 31
Bucknell University6.3$77,00057$33,50047.4311210 - 140028 - 32
Caltech8.5$74,00069$23,00040.27.71500 - 159034 - 36
CSU Los Angeles7$42,00034$27,5002.246890 - 110016 - 21
Carleton College10$76,50058$32,00032.4211310 - 153030 - 33
Claremont McKenna College16.7$79,00062$30,00011.29.81350 - 153030 - 33
Clark University14.1$63,50037$40,00073561200 - 141029 - 32
Colby College10.3$77,00065$26,50041.4161240 - 143028 - 32
Colgate University9.4$77,50077$17,00056.1281280 - 147029 - 32
Colorado College9$75,00061$29,00053.4151320 - 148029 - 33
Columbia University15.6$81,00082$14,50026.46.11450 - 158033 - 35
Connecticut College7.3$77,50063$28,50063.2351270 - 140027 - 32
Cooper Union for Adv. of Sci. & Art20$71,50036$45,50092.5131250 - 149030 - 34
Cornell University10.3$77,00077$17,50011.8121390 - 155032 - 35
Dartmouth College9.2$78,50076$19,00063.58.71370 - 157030 - 34
Davidson College6.9$70,00007$21,00048201420 - 154028 - 32
Denison University10$73,00038$45,00096.6371200 - 138028 - 31
Duke University10.4$78,50079$17,00030.1101390 - 157031 - 35
Emory University16.9$73,50058$31,0006.5221350 - 152030 - 35
Grinnell College19$73,00051$36,00063.5291350 - 152030 - 33
Hamilton College6.4$76,50069$24,00051.2241360 - 151030 - 34
Harvard University11.5$75,50085$11,00076.551460 - 159032 - 36
Harvey Mudd College10.1$82,00033$55,00034.1151450 - 156033 - 35
Haverford College9.3$79,00078$17,50020.7201380 - 153031 - 34
Johns Hopkins University9.5$77,50047$41,5006.7121460 - 154031 - 34
Kenyon College5.6$76,00071$22,00060.6341240 - 146028 - 32
Lafayette College10$76,50069$23,50048.5311260 - 143027 - 31
Lehigh University8.6$74,00063$27,50020.7251210 - 143028 - 32
MIT10.3$74,50076$18,00075.76.71490 - 159033 - 36
Michigan State University11.8$59,50050$29,5007.870940 - 126023 - 28
Middlebury College10.9$77,50075$19,50049.6171280 - 151030 - 33
Mount Holyoke College27.4$72,00045$39,50053.2521270 - 146029 - 33
NC State University-Raleigh4.7$48,00030$34,00015.7511190 - 139026 - 30
Northwestern University9.1$79,00070$23,50013.98.91390 - 156031 - 34
Oberlin College10.2$79,00047$42,00054.3341260 - 145028 - 32
Occidental College6.8$78,00047$41,00010.7421280 - 144029 - 33
Pomona College11.5$77,00076$18,50042.381370 - 155031 - 35
Princeton University11.7$73,00067$24,00068.861430 - 157032 - 35
Rice University12.3$69,50048$36,50023161490 - 155031 - 34
San Diego State University7.1$45,00044$25,5003.8351080 - 129023 - 28
Santa Clara University3.9$74,50057$32,0008.3541210 - 143027 - 32
Smith College13.9$77,00073$20,50044321290 - 149030 - 33
Soka University of America43$54,00090$5,500100371200 - 139025 - 29
St. John's College (Annapolis)22.1$74,00051$36,50098551220 - 143028 - 31
St. John's College (Santa Fe)30.1$74,00072$21,000100631190 - 138027 - 32
Stanford University9.2$75,00082$14,00029.14.71390 - 158032 - 36
Swarthmore College12.8$76,00079$16,00032.79.11360 - 154031 - 34
Trinity College11.8$78,00079$17,00063341230 - 140028 - 32
Tufts University10.5$78,50070$23,50027.7151360 - 152030 - 34
Union College7.1$77,00064$27,50051.2371270 - 143029 - 32
University of Alabama-Birmingham1.9$50,00077$11,5004192900 - 120026 - 30
UC Los Angeles11.7$67,00041$39,5002.9141240 - 150027 - 33
UC Santa Barbara9.8$67,00045$37,5002.1331240 - 147026 - 32
University of Chicago13.1$82,00071$23,50018.391460 - 158032 -35
University of Miami14.3$72,00033$48,50020.8361220 - 141028 - 32
University of Mississippi1.6$44,50045$24,00060.5841070 - 119021 - 27
University of New Hampshire3.8$54,00057$23,50014.8771070 - 124022 - 27
UNC Charlotte2.5$42,50051$21,0007661000 - 117021 - 25
UNC Greensboro2.2$42,50052$20,5008.778940 - 112021 - 25
University of Notre Dame6.7$76,50063$28,50040.2191360 - 152032 - 34
University of Pennsylvania12.6$79,00064$28,00026.18.41420 - 156031 - 34
University of Richmond11.5$73,00064$26,50039.3331250 - 146029 - 32
University of Rochester24.8$77,50041$45,50065.1341300 - 149029 - 33
University of Vermont6.4$63,50032$43,00026.7671180 - 135024 - 29
Vanderbilt University7.1$73,00074$19,00028.5111400 - 157032 - 34
Vassar College8.2$78,00078$17,00040.1241350 - 151030 - 33
Villanova University2$75,00061$29,50054361260 - 141028 - 32
Wabash College6.8$62,00056$27,50096.3641060 - 128022 - 27
Washington and Lee University3.5$72,00078$16,00092.2221350 - 149029 - 33
Wellesley College12.2$77,00080$15,50029.3191340 - 151030 - 33
Wesleyan University12.1$77,50080$16,00027.3181300 - 150029 - 33
Whitman College6.9$72,50032$49,50053.8521250 - 145028 - 32
Williams College8.2$78,00081$15,00054.1151380 - 157032 - 35
Yale University10.7$77,00078$17,00054.96.51420 - 159032 - 36

 

 

Note: I have included those colleges that fall within the top 100 in the US and offer at least 30% of the total cost of attendance as financial aid to the international students.

 

Data has been aggregated after referring to respective college sites and other sites like US News, Peterson’s, Forbes,  Quora, PrepScholar, CollegeData, and IvyAchievement.

 

Data on fees and financial aid were aggregated in October 2018. Please refer to respective university websites for more accuracy. 

 

Top US Colleges Offering Generous Financial Aid to International Undergrad Students
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As you can see from the above table, undergraduate studies in the US is not as expensive as it appears for the deserving ones. In fact, private colleges can be cheaper than the public ones for international students for undergraduate studies in the US.

 

Apart from financial aid, there are also opportunities to reduce the study expenses through on-campus jobs, co-ops, and internships. If planned and executed well, an international student can manage a 4-year undergraduate degree withing USD $70,000.

 

For more insights on applications and financial aid, please refer to the following articles:

 

How to Get into the Ivy League and Elite Colleges in the US

7 Key Components Top Colleges Look for in International Applicants

How to Create a Balanced College List for US Admissions

Merit-Based Scholarships vs Need-Based Scholarships

Tips on How to Write Great College Essays

Common App Essay Prompts and Answer Strategies

 

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Author: Tanmoy Ray

I am a Career Adviser & MS Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage online marketing at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).

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