List of US colleges that offer financial aid and scholarships to intl students

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Since I've come to the end of my US college admissions journey now, I thought I'd share the list I put together of US colleges that offer need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to international students, as well as a few of the schools that don't, in the hopes that it might help anyone looking into applying to US unis.

Schools that offer need-based financial aid to international students (and meet 100% of demonstrated need):

If a college meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, that means that you will never be expected to pay more than your family is calculated to be able to pay (as calculated by each college); any gap between your family’s estimated family contribution and the college’s cost of attendance will be filled with a mixture of grants, work study, and sometimes small loans. For more information, check out the thread on need-based financial aid: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2160183

If a college is need-blind, that means your family’s ability to pay will not be a factor in admissions. If a college is not need blind, then they are need aware, meaning that your family’s ability to pay will be a factor in admissions.

Liberal arts colleges
Amherst College (Need blind)
Barnard College
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
Franklin and Marshall College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
College of the Holy Cross
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
University of Richmond
Scripps College
Sewanee: University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Thomas Aquinas College
Trinity College
Union College
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College


Private Universities
Brown University
Caltech
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Harvard University (Need blind)
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
MIT (Need blind)
University of Notre Dame
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University (Need blind)
Rice University
University of Rochester
Stanford University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University (Need blind)

Public universities
None


Colleges that offer merit scholarships to international students:

The symbol * denotes a merit scholarship that requires a separate application and/or a scholarship that requires an interview as part of the selection process. Whilst any kind of merit scholarship will be competitive, with the majority of the time just how competitive depending on the overall selectivity of the school, scholarships with a separate application process and/or interview stage will be, as one can probably guess, mostly extremely extremely competitive.

The direct cost is the total amount of tuition, room, board, and any required fees. Optional fees (such as parking passes), transportation, miscellaneous costs (such as toiletries), and health insurance are not included as these costs can offer vary person to person and can be tailored to an individual’s budget (though at some schools, health insurance is a set cost).

A full ride scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire direct cost of a college: tuition, fees, room, and board. Some full ride scholarships may include stipends for things like study abroad, research and/or a stipend for miscellaneous living costs - it varies school to school.
As the name would suggest, a full tuition scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire cost of tuition; living expenses (including room and board and other indirect costs such as transport) are not included.


Liberal arts colleges
Agnes Scott College (up to $25k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $58k]

Beloit College ($32k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Centre College ($7.5k-$29k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Connecticut College ($15k-$32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

Davidson College ($20k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $70k]

Denison University ($5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $70k]

DePauw University ($24k-$40k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Earlham College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Eckerd College (up to $22k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Furman University (up to $35k, half tuition*) [Direct cost = 66k]

Grinnell College (up to half tuition) [Direct cost = $71k]

Harvey Mudd College ($10k, $10k(must gave participated in either VEX Robotics or FIRST Robotics)*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Hendrix College ($15k upwards, full ride*) [Direct cost = 62k]

Kalamazoo College ($20k-$34k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = 63k]

Kenyon College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 79k]

Knox College (up to $34k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lawrence University ($20k-$31k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lewis and Clark College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 71k]

Macalester College (up to $16k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Millsaps College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 56k]

Mount Holyoke College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 73k]

Occidental College ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = 75k]

Providence College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Rhodes College ($27k-$35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

University of Richmond (⅓ tuition, full ride*) [Direct cost = 73k]

Rollins College ($10k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 70k]

Scripps College ($15k-$28k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Sewanee: University of the South ($5k-$26k, $30k, full tuition, full ride) [Direct cost = 64k]

Smith College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 76k]

St. John’s College ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 51k]

St. Olaf College (up to $35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Trinity College ($5k-$27k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Union College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Washington and Lee University (full ride*) [Direct cost = 76k]

Whitman College (up to $25k) [Direct cost = 70k]

Whittier College ($1k-$36k) [Direct cost = 64k]

Willamette University (up to $20k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Wofford College ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = 61k]

College of Wooster ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = 69k]



Private universities
American University ($8k-$22k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Baylor University ($12k-$23k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Butler University ($15k-$22k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Case Western Reserve University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

Chapman University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Chicago ($5k for first gen college students) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Denver ($10k-$27k + $3k if you live on campus) [Direct cost = $69k]

DePaul University ($15k-$24k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Duke University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $75k]

Elon University ($3k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Emory University (up to a full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Fordham University ($1k-$12.5k, $15k, full tuition) [Direct cost = $75k]

Gonzaga University ($1k-$23k) [Direct cost = $62k]

High Point University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]

John Carroll University (up to $27k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Loyola Marymount University (up to $30k) [Direct cost = $68k]

Loyola University New Orleans ($14k-$23k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Marquette University ($10k-$18k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of Miami (up to $28k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Northeastern University ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = $73k]

University of Notre Dame ($15k, $25k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of the Pacific ($15k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Pepperdine University ($30k, $36k) [Direct cost = $74k]

University of Portland ($8k-$15k) [Direct cost = $64k]

University of Redlands (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $69k]

Rice University ($15k, $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

University of Rochester ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $77k]

Samford University ($1k-$17k) [Direct cost = $47k]

University of San Francisco (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Santa Clara University ($6k-$18k) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Southern California ($2k-¼ tuition, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $76k]

Stetson University ($22k-$31k) [Direct cost = $64k]

St. Louis University ($8k-$23k) [Direct cost = $59k]

Syracuse University (partial tuition, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Tampa (up to $11k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas Christian University ($12k-$25k + $4k college-based scholarship, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $66k]

Tulane University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of Tulsa ($2k-$22k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Valparaiso University ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Vanderbilt University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Villanova University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Wake Forest University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $73k]

Washington University in St. Louis ($3k*, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Xavier University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]



Public universities
University of Alabama ($6k-full tuition + $2.5k for engineering students, full ride*) [Direct cost = $45k]

University of Arizona ($1k-$10k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Arizona State University ($3k-$15.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Arkansas ($2k-$8k) [Direct cost = $34k]

Auburn University ($5.5k-$16.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Boise State University ($8k-$17k) [Direct cost = $37k]

University of California Riverside (up to $13.5k) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Santa Cruz ($3k-$10k) [Direct cost = $61k]

University of Colorado Boulder ($6.25k-$13.75k + $3k humanities) [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Delaware ($5k-$18k) (Direct cost = $50k]

University of Florida ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $39k]

Florida State University ($14.5k-$17k, $20k*) [Direct cost = $33k]

University of Georgia ($9.5k-$24k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $41k]

Georgia Tech (full ride*) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (small departmental scholarships) [Direct cost = $47k]

Indiana University Bloomington ($1k-$11k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Iowa ($500-$10k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Iowa State University ($2k-$10k) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of Kansas ($3k-$9k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Kentucky ($8k-$12.5k, $3k*-$16k*) [Direct cost = $45k]

Louisiana State University (up to $21k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Maine ($5k-$15k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Michigan Ann Arbor ($20k*, $25k-$30k*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Michigan State University (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $53k]

University of Minnesota Twin Cities ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Mississippi ($3.5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Missouri ($5k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Nebraska Lincoln (up to $15k) [Direct cost = $39k]

University of New Hampshire ($4k-$12k) [Direct cost = $49k]

University of New Mexico ($15k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

The Ohio State University (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $48k]

University of Oklahoma ($7k-$14k) [Direct cost = $41k]

Oklahoma State University ($4k-$10k) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Oregon ($1k-$5k, $7.5k-$15k, up to $20k*, up to $30k(need-based component)*) [Direct cost = $54k]

Oregon State University ($3k-$6k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Pittsburgh ($2k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Purdue University ($10k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Rhode Island ($1.5k-$15k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $47k]

Rutgers University New Brunswick ($2k-$10k) [Direct costs = $45k]

University of South Carolina (up to $29k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

Temple University ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $42k]

University of Tennessee Knoxville ($10k-$18k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas A&M University College Station ($2.5k-$5k) [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Vermont ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $57k]

University of Virginia (full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Virginia Tech (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $40k]

Washington State University ($2k-$4k) [Direct cost = $38k]

West Virginia University ($3k-$16k) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Wisconsin Madison (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $51k]

University of Wyoming ($4k-$7k) [Direct cost = $32k]



Institutions that do not offer need-based financial aid or merit scholarships to international students:

University of California Berkeley [Direct cost = $61k]

UCLA [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Davis [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Irvine [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California Merced [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California San Diego [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Santa Barbara [Direct cost = $59k]

Clemson University [Direct cost = $50k]

Colorado School of Mines [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Maryland College Park [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Texas Austin [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Utah [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Washington Seattle [Direct cost = $53k]

The College of William and Mary [Direct cost = $60k]



A note on New York University (NYU):
NYU appears to be an incredibly popular US uni here on TSR so I thought I’d comment on it at the bottom. NYU’s direct cost is $76k (more if you are applying to Stern, the business school, or Tisch, the school of the arts); they do offer need-based financial aid to international students, however, they do not meet 100% of demonstrated need. That means that, for example, if your financial aid application demonstrates that your family can only afford $26k a year towards NYU, they do not promise, or even suggest that it is likely, that they will offer $50k in need-based financial aid. What percentage of your need is met is based on merit: i.e. how much they want you.
For more details please check out the first post on this thread which does a great deal of explaining how financial aid at NYU works: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com...e-read/1079773



Please remember that I am a fallible human being who is subject to human error, so please double-check financial information before applying to a school. Information may also change year to year.

This list is by no means exhaustive; if anyone has any other names of schools and/or further information to add, please do so!
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If I am middle class will I get financial aid??? I am only in year 11 but my GCSE grades will be very good.
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(Original post by kamara41)
Since I've come to the end of my US college admissions journey now, I thought I'd share the list I put together of US colleges that offer need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to international students, as well as a few of the schools that don't, in the hopes that it might help anyone looking into applying to US unis.

Schools that offer need-based financial aid to international students (and meet 100% of demonstrated need):

If a college meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, that means that you will never be expected to pay more than your family is calculated to be able to pay (as calculated by each college); any gap between your family’s estimated family contribution and the college’s cost of attendance will be filled with a mixture of grants, work study, and sometimes small loans. For more information, check out the thread on need-based financial aid: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2160183

If a college is need-blind, that means your family’s ability to pay will not be a factor in admissions. If a college is not need blind, then they are need aware, meaning that your family’s ability to pay will be a factor in admissions.

Liberal arts colleges
Amherst College (Need blind)
Barnard College
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
Franklin and Marshall College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
College of the Holy Cross
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
University of Richmond
Scripps College
Sewanee: University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Thomas Aquinas College
Trinity College
Union College
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College


Private Universities
Brown University
Caltech
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Harvard University (Need blind)
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
MIT (Need blind)
University of Notre Dame
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University (Need blind)
Rice University
University of Rochester
Stanford University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University (Need blind)

Public universities
None


Colleges that offer merit scholarships to international students:

The symbol * denotes a merit scholarship that requires a separate application and/or a scholarship that requires an interview as part of the selection process. Whilst any kind of merit scholarship will be competitive, with the majority of the time just how competitive depending on the overall selectivity of the school, scholarships with a separate application process and/or interview stage will be, as one can probably guess, mostly extremely extremely competitive.

The direct cost is the total amount of tuition, room, board, and any required fees. Optional fees (such as parking passes), transportation, miscellaneous costs (such as toiletries), and health insurance are not included as these costs can offer vary person to person and can be tailored to an individual’s budget (though at some schools, health insurance is a set cost).

A full ride scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire direct cost of a college: tuition, fees, room, and board. Some full ride scholarships may include stipends for things like study abroad, research and/or a stipend for miscellaneous living costs - it varies school to school.
As the name would suggest, a full tuition scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire cost of tuition; living expenses (including room and board and other indirect costs such as transport) are not included.


Liberal arts colleges
Agnes Scott College (up to $25k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $58k]

Beloit College ($32k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Centre College ($7.5k-$29k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Connecticut College ($15k-$32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

Davidson College ($20k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $70k]

Denison University ($5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $70k]

DePauw University ($24k-$40k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Earlham College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Eckerd College (up to $22k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Furman University (up to $35k, half tuition*) [Direct cost = 66k]

Grinnell College (up to half tuition) [Direct cost = $71k]

Hendrix College ($15k upwards, full ride*) [Direct cost = 62k]

Kalamazoo College ($20k-$34k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = 63k]

Kenyon College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 79k]

Knox College (up to $34k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lawrence University ($20k-$31k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lewis and Clark College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 71k]

Macalester College (up to $16k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Millsaps College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 56k]

Mount Holyoke College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 73k]

Occidental College ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = 75k]

Rhodes College ($27k-$35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

University of Richmond (⅓ tuition, full ride*) [Direct cost = 73k]

Rollins College ($10k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 70k]

Scripps College ($15k-$28k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Sewanee: University of the South ($5k-$26k, $30k, full tuition, full ride) [Direct cost = 64k]

Smith College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 76k]

St. John’s College ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 51k]

St. Olaf College (up to $35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Trinity College ($5k-$27k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Union College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Washington and Lee University (full ride*) [Direct cost = 76k]

Whitman College (up to $25k) [Direct cost = 70k]

Whittier College ($1k-$36k) [Direct cost = 64k]

Willamette University (up to $20k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Wofford College ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = 61k]

College of Wooster ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = 69k]



Private universities
American University ($8k-$22k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Baylor University ($12k-$23k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Butler University ($15k-$22k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Case Western Reserve University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

Chapman University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Chicago ($5k for first gen college students) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Denver ($10k-$27k + $3k if you live on campus) [Direct cost = $69k]

DePaul University ($15k-$24k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Duke University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $75k]

Elon University ($3k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Emory University (up to a full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Fordham University ($1k-$12.5k, $15k, full tuition) [Direct cost = $75k]

Gonzaga University ($1k-$23k) [Direct cost = $62k]

High Point University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]

John Carroll University (up to $27k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Loyola Marymount University (up to $30k) [Direct cost = $68k]

Loyola University New Orleans ($14k-$23k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Marquette University ($10k-$18k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of Miami (up to $28k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Northeastern University ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = $73k]

University of Notre Dame ($15k, $25k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of the Pacific ($15k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Pepperdine University ($30k, $36k) [Direct cost = $74k]

University of Portland ($8k-$15k) [Direct cost = $64k]

University of Redlands (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $69k]

Rice University ($15k, $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

University of Rochester ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $77k]

Samford University ($1k-$17k) [Direct cost = $47k]

University of San Francisco (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Santa Clara University ($6k-$18k) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Southern California ($2k-¼ tuition, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $76k]

Stetson University ($22k-$31k) [Direct cost = $64k]

St. Louis University ($8k-$23k) [Direct cost = $59k]

Syracuse University (partial tuition, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Tampa (up to $11k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas Christian University ($12k-$25k + $4k college-based scholarship, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $66k]

Tulane University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of Tulsa ($2k-$22k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Valparaiso University ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Vanderbilt University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Villanova University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Wake Forest University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $73k]

Washington University in St. Louis ($3k*, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Xavier University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]



Public universities
University of Alabama ($6k-full tuition + $2.5k for engineering students, full ride*) [Direct cost = $45k]

University of Arizona ($1k-$10k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Arizona State University ($3k-$15.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Auburn University ($5.5k-$16.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Boise State University ($8k-$17k) [Direct cost = $37k]

University of California Riverside (up to $13.5k) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Santa Cruz ($3k-$10k) [Direct cost = $61k]

University of Colorado Boulder ($6.25k-$13.75k + $3k humanities) [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Delaware ($5k-$18k) (Direct cost = $50k]

University of Florida ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $39k]

Florida State University ($14.5k-$17k, $20k*) [Direct cost = $33k]

University of Georgia ($9.5k-$24k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (small departmental scholarships) [Direct cost = $47k]

Indiana University Bloomington ($1k-$11k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Iowa ($500-$10k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Iowa State University ($2k-$10k) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of Kansas ($3k-$9k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $38k]

Louisiana State University (up to $21k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Maine ($5k-$15k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Michigan Ann Arbor ($20k*, $25k-$30k*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Michigan State University (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $53k]

University of Minnesota Twin Cities ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Mississippi ($3.5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Missouri ($5k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Nebraska Lincoln (up to $15k) [Direct cost = $39k]

University of New Hampshire ($4k-$12k) [Direct cost = $49k]

University of New Mexico ($15k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

The Ohio State University (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $48k]

University of Oklahoma ($7k-$14k) [Direct cost = $41k]

Oklahoma State University ($4k-$10k) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Oregon ($7.5k-$15k, $20k*, $30k(need-based component)*) [Direct cost = $54k]

Oregon State University ($3k-$6k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Pittsburgh ($2k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Purdue University ($10k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Rhode Island ($1.5k-$15k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $47k]

Rutgers University New Brunswick ($2k-$10k) [Direct costs = $45k]

University of South Carolina (up to $29k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

Temple University ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $42k]

University of Tennessee Knoxville ($10k-$18k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas A&M University College Station ($2.5k-$5k) [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Vermont ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $57k]

University of Virginia (full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Virginia Tech (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $40k]

Washington State University ($2k-$4k) [Direct cost = $38k]

West Virginia University ($3k-$16k) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Wisconsin Madison (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $51k]

University of Wyoming ($4k-$7k) [Direct cost = $32k]



Institutions that do not offer need-based financial aid or merit scholarships to international students:

University of California Berkeley [Direct cost = $61k]

UCLA [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Davis [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Irvine [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California Merced [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California San Diego [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Santa Barbara [Direct cost = $59k]

Clemson University [Direct cost = $50k]

Colorado School of Mines [Direct cost = $55k]

Georgia Tech [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Maryland College Park [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Texas Austin [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Utah [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Washington Seattle [Direct cost = $53k]

The College of William and Mary [Direct cost = $60k]



A note on New York University (NYU):
NYU appears to be an incredibly popular US uni here on TSR so I thought I’d comment on it on the bottom. NYU’s direct cost is $76k (more if you are applying to Stern, the business school, or Tisch, the school of the arts); they do offer need-based financial aid to international students, however, they do not meet 100% of demonstrated need. That means that, for example, if your financial aid application demonstrates that your family can only afford $26k a year towards NYU, they do not promise, or even suggest that it is likely, that they will offer $50k in need-based financial aid. What percentage of your need is met is based on merit: i.e. how much they want you.
For more details please check out the first post on this thread which does a great deal of explaining how financial aid at NYU works: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com...e-read/1079773



Please remember that I am a fallible human being who is subject to human error, so please double-check financial information before applying to a school. Information may also change year to year.

This list is by no means exhaustive; if anyone has any other names of schools and/or further information to add, please do so!
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Since I've come to the end of my US college admissions journey now, I thought I'd share the list I put together of US colleges that offer need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to international students, as well as a few of the schools that don't, in the hopes that it might help anyone looking into applying to US unis.

Schools that offer need-based financial aid to international students (and meet 100% of demonstrated need):

If a college meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, that means that you will never be expected to pay more than your family is calculated to be able to pay (as calculated by each college); any gap between your family’s estimated family contribution and the college’s cost of attendance will be filled with a mixture of grants, work study, and sometimes small loans. For more information, check out the thread on need-based financial aid: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2160183

If a college is need-blind, that means your family’s ability to pay will not be a factor in admissions. If a college is not need blind, then they are need aware, meaning that your family’s ability to pay will be a factor in admissions.

Liberal arts colleges
Amherst College (Need blind)
Barnard College
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
Franklin and Marshall College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
College of the Holy Cross
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
University of Richmond
Scripps College
Sewanee: University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Thomas Aquinas College
Trinity College
Union College
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College


Private Universities
Brown University
Caltech
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Harvard University (Need blind)
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
MIT (Need blind)
University of Notre Dame
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University (Need blind)
Rice University
University of Rochester
Stanford University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University (Need blind)

Public universities
None


Colleges that offer merit scholarships to international students:

The symbol * denotes a merit scholarship that requires a separate application and/or a scholarship that requires an interview as part of the selection process. Whilst any kind of merit scholarship will be competitive, with the majority of the time just how competitive depending on the overall selectivity of the school, scholarships with a separate application process and/or interview stage will be, as one can probably guess, mostly extremely extremely competitive.

The direct cost is the total amount of tuition, room, board, and any required fees. Optional fees (such as parking passes), transportation, miscellaneous costs (such as toiletries), and health insurance are not included as these costs can offer vary person to person and can be tailored to an individual’s budget (though at some schools, health insurance is a set cost).

A full ride scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire direct cost of a college: tuition, fees, room, and board. Some full ride scholarships may include stipends for things like study abroad, research and/or a stipend for miscellaneous living costs - it varies school to school.
As the name would suggest, a full tuition scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire cost of tuition; living expenses (including room and board and other indirect costs such as transport) are not included.


Liberal arts colleges
Agnes Scott College (up to $25k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $58k]

Beloit College ($32k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Centre College ($7.5k-$29k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Connecticut College ($15k-$32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

Davidson College ($20k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $70k]

Denison University ($5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $70k]

DePauw University ($24k-$40k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Earlham College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Eckerd College (up to $22k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Furman University (up to $35k, half tuition*) [Direct cost = 66k]

Grinnell College (up to half tuition) [Direct cost = $71k]

Hendrix College ($15k upwards, full ride*) [Direct cost = 62k]

Kalamazoo College ($20k-$34k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = 63k]

Kenyon College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 79k]

Knox College (up to $34k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lawrence University ($20k-$31k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lewis and Clark College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 71k]

Macalester College (up to $16k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Millsaps College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 56k]

Mount Holyoke College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 73k]

Occidental College ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = 75k]

Rhodes College ($27k-$35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

University of Richmond (⅓ tuition, full ride*) [Direct cost = 73k]

Rollins College ($10k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 70k]

Scripps College ($15k-$28k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Sewanee: University of the South ($5k-$26k, $30k, full tuition, full ride) [Direct cost = 64k]

Smith College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 76k]

St. John’s College ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 51k]

St. Olaf College (up to $35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Trinity College ($5k-$27k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Union College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Washington and Lee University (full ride*) [Direct cost = 76k]

Whitman College (up to $25k) [Direct cost = 70k]

Whittier College ($1k-$36k) [Direct cost = 64k]

Willamette University (up to $20k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Wofford College ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = 61k]

College of Wooster ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = 69k]



Private universities
American University ($8k-$22k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Baylor University ($12k-$23k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Butler University ($15k-$22k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Case Western Reserve University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

Chapman University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Chicago ($5k for first gen college students) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Denver ($10k-$27k + $3k if you live on campus) [Direct cost = $69k]

DePaul University ($15k-$24k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Duke University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $75k]

Elon University ($3k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Emory University (up to a full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Fordham University ($1k-$12.5k, $15k, full tuition) [Direct cost = $75k]

Gonzaga University ($1k-$23k) [Direct cost = $62k]

High Point University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]

John Carroll University (up to $27k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Loyola Marymount University (up to $30k) [Direct cost = $68k]

Loyola University New Orleans ($14k-$23k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Marquette University ($10k-$18k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of Miami (up to $28k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Northeastern University ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = $73k]

University of Notre Dame ($15k, $25k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of the Pacific ($15k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Pepperdine University ($30k, $36k) [Direct cost = $74k]

University of Portland ($8k-$15k) [Direct cost = $64k]

University of Redlands (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $69k]

Rice University ($15k, $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

University of Rochester ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $77k]

Samford University ($1k-$17k) [Direct cost = $47k]

University of San Francisco (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Santa Clara University ($6k-$18k) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Southern California ($2k-¼ tuition, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $76k]

Stetson University ($22k-$31k) [Direct cost = $64k]

St. Louis University ($8k-$23k) [Direct cost = $59k]

Syracuse University (partial tuition, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Tampa (up to $11k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas Christian University ($12k-$25k + $4k college-based scholarship, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $66k]

Tulane University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of Tulsa ($2k-$22k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Valparaiso University ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Vanderbilt University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Villanova University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Wake Forest University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $73k]

Washington University in St. Louis ($3k*, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Xavier University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]



Public universities
University of Alabama ($6k-full tuition + $2.5k for engineering students, full ride*) [Direct cost = $45k]

University of Arizona ($1k-$10k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Arizona State University ($3k-$15.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Auburn University ($5.5k-$16.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Boise State University ($8k-$17k) [Direct cost = $37k]

University of California Riverside (up to $13.5k) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Santa Cruz ($3k-$10k) [Direct cost = $61k]

University of Colorado Boulder ($6.25k-$13.75k + $3k humanities) [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Delaware ($5k-$18k) (Direct cost = $50k]

University of Florida ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $39k]

Florida State University ($14.5k-$17k, $20k*) [Direct cost = $33k]

University of Georgia ($9.5k-$24k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (small departmental scholarships) [Direct cost = $47k]

Indiana University Bloomington ($1k-$11k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Iowa ($500-$10k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Iowa State University ($2k-$10k) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of Kansas ($3k-$9k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $38k]

Louisiana State University (up to $21k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Maine ($5k-$15k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Michigan Ann Arbor ($20k*, $25k-$30k*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Michigan State University (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $53k]

University of Minnesota Twin Cities ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Mississippi ($3.5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Missouri ($5k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Nebraska Lincoln (up to $15k) [Direct cost = $39k]

University of New Hampshire ($4k-$12k) [Direct cost = $49k]

University of New Mexico ($15k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

The Ohio State University (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $48k]

University of Oklahoma ($7k-$14k) [Direct cost = $41k]

Oklahoma State University ($4k-$10k) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Oregon ($7.5k-$15k, $20k*, $30k(need-based component)*) [Direct cost = $54k]

Oregon State University ($3k-$6k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Pittsburgh ($2k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Purdue University ($10k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Rhode Island ($1.5k-$15k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $47k]

Rutgers University New Brunswick ($2k-$10k) [Direct costs = $45k]

University of South Carolina (up to $29k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

Temple University ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $42k]

University of Tennessee Knoxville ($10k-$18k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas A&M University College Station ($2.5k-$5k) [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Vermont ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $57k]

University of Virginia (full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Virginia Tech (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $40k]

Washington State University ($2k-$4k) [Direct cost = $38k]

West Virginia University ($3k-$16k) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Wisconsin Madison (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $51k]

University of Wyoming ($4k-$7k) [Direct cost = $32k]



Institutions that do not offer need-based financial aid or merit scholarships to international students:

University of California Berkeley [Direct cost = $61k]

UCLA [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Davis [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Irvine [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California Merced [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California San Diego [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Santa Barbara [Direct cost = $59k]

Clemson University [Direct cost = $50k]

Colorado School of Mines [Direct cost = $55k]

Georgia Tech [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Maryland College Park [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Texas Austin [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Utah [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Washington Seattle [Direct cost = $53k]

The College of William and Mary [Direct cost = $60k]



A note on New York University (NYU):
NYU appears to be an incredibly popular US uni here on TSR so I thought I’d comment on it on the bottom. NYU’s direct cost is $76k (more if you are applying to Stern, the business school, or Tisch, the school of the arts); they do offer need-based financial aid to international students, however, they do not meet 100% of demonstrated need. That means that, for example, if your financial aid application demonstrates that your family can only afford $26k a year towards NYU, they do not promise, or even suggest that it is likely, that they will offer $50k in need-based financial aid. What percentage of your need is met is based on merit: i.e. how much they want you.
For more details please check out the first post on this thread which does a great deal of explaining how financial aid at NYU works: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com...e-read/1079773



Please remember that I am a fallible human being who is subject to human error, so please double-check financial information before applying to a school. Information may also change year to year.

This list is by no means exhaustive; if anyone has any other names of schools and/or further information to add, please do so!
Wow Kamara41 (or should I say collegeboundbrit ), this is an amazing resource! I found similar (now dated ones) on CollegeConfidential, but nothing to this degree and completeness. Thanks very much, it's an incredible job!

Is there any way for the mods to pin this in "the study in North America" forum, because this has the potential to help and
clarify things for so many interested people!

On a side note, I also think you (and ry7xsfa) have tried to help so many people on this thread, and done a wonderful job. When you finally sail off to Baylor this will be a poorer place for students interested in the USA.
I truly hope you enjoy Texas, you most certainly deserve it.
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PRSOM! This is an amazing resource.
definetely! it must get pinned, at the top!, can u help?
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Georgia Tech actually does offer merit scholarships to international students. The Stamp's Scholarship is available to UK citizens.

Harvey Mudd also offers a few scholarships that international students can apply for if they meet other requirements.
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Georgia Tech actually does offer merit scholarships to international students. The Stamp's Scholarship is available to UK citizens.

Harvey Mudd also offers a few scholarships that international students can apply for if they meet other requirements.
Oh missed that about the stamps - thanks v much for letting me know! I'll go in and edit that. Is the stamps a full ride? Edit: just googled, is a full ride

Do you know how much the merit scholarships at HMC are? I'll go right ahead and add em to the merit list. Thanks so much queen!

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Oh missed that about the stamps - thanks v much for letting me know! I'll go in and edit that. Is the stamps a full ride? Edit: just googled, is a full ride

Do you know how much the merit scholarships at HMC are? I'll go right ahead and add em to the merit list. Thanks so much queen!

PRSOM
As far as I know, there are 1 or 2 that internationals can be considered for ($10k) automatically, and another few for $10k with an application if you have done some very specific ECs in high school (either VEX Robotics or FIRST Robotics).
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Wow Kamara41 (or should I say collegeboundbrit ), this is an amazing resource! I found similar (now dated ones) on CollegeConfidential, but nothing to this degree and completeness. Thanks very much, it's an incredible job!

Is there any way for the mods to pin this in "the study in North America" forum, because this has the potential to help and
clarify things for so many interested people!

On a side note, I also think you (and ry7xsfa) have tried to help so many people on this thread, and done a wonderful job. When you finally sail off to Baylor this will be a poorer place for students interested in the USA.
I truly hope you enjoy Texas, you most certainly deserve it.
Aww, thank you! I know I speak for quite a few of us when I say that I've done tons of research into this crazy process and just wanna be able to pass some of that knowledge on.

And yes ry7xsfa is amazing! They've been on TSR way longer than I have helping people out and offering great advice - they're an absolute gem.

And I'm screaming! Awesome detective skills, Haha. A fellow CCer. Now I'm wondering who you are on CC, Haha.
Next step, come find me on ApplyingToCollege Reddit

Sic em bears!
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kamara41 and ry7xsfa , you two are brilliant all around! Both of your advice and resources has been great (definitely not biased towards ry or anything absolutely not)
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Since I've come to the end of my US college admissions journey now, I thought I'd share the list I put together of US colleges that offer need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to international students, as well as a few of the schools that don't, in the hopes that it might help anyone looking into applying to US unis.

Schools that offer need-based financial aid to international students (and meet 100% of demonstrated need):

If a college meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, that means that you will never be expected to pay more than your family is calculated to be able to pay (as calculated by each college); any gap between your family’s estimated family contribution and the college’s cost of attendance will be filled with a mixture of grants, work study, and sometimes small loans. For more information, check out the thread on need-based financial aid: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2160183

If a college is need-blind, that means your family’s ability to pay will not be a factor in admissions. If a college is not need blind, then they are need aware, meaning that your family’s ability to pay will be a factor in admissions.

Liberal arts colleges
Amherst College (Need blind)
Barnard College
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
Colorado College
Connecticut College
Davidson College
Denison University
Franklin and Marshall College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
College of the Holy Cross
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Reed College
University of Richmond
Scripps College
Sewanee: University of the South
Skidmore College
Smith College
Swarthmore College
Thomas Aquinas College
Trinity College
Union College
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College


Private Universities
Brown University
Caltech
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Harvard University (Need blind)
Johns Hopkins University
Lehigh University
MIT (Need blind)
University of Notre Dame
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Princeton University (Need blind)
Rice University
University of Rochester
Stanford University
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University (Need blind)

Public universities
None


Colleges that offer merit scholarships to international students:

The symbol * denotes a merit scholarship that requires a separate application and/or a scholarship that requires an interview as part of the selection process. Whilst any kind of merit scholarship will be competitive, with the majority of the time just how competitive depending on the overall selectivity of the school, scholarships with a separate application process and/or interview stage will be, as one can probably guess, mostly extremely extremely competitive.

The direct cost is the total amount of tuition, room, board, and any required fees. Optional fees (such as parking passes), transportation, miscellaneous costs (such as toiletries), and health insurance are not included as these costs can offer vary person to person and can be tailored to an individual’s budget (though at some schools, health insurance is a set cost).

A full ride scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire direct cost of a college: tuition, fees, room, and board. Some full ride scholarships may include stipends for things like study abroad, research and/or a stipend for miscellaneous living costs - it varies school to school.
As the name would suggest, a full tuition scholarship is a scholarship that covers the entire cost of tuition; living expenses (including room and board and other indirect costs such as transport) are not included.


Liberal arts colleges
Agnes Scott College (up to $25k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $58k]

Beloit College ($32k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Centre College ($7.5k-$29k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Connecticut College ($15k-$32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

Davidson College ($20k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $70k]

Denison University ($5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $70k]

DePauw University ($24k-$40k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Earlham College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Eckerd College (up to $22k) [Direct cost = 61k]

Furman University (up to $35k, half tuition*) [Direct cost = 66k]

Grinnell College (up to half tuition) [Direct cost = $71k]

Harvey Mudd College ($10k, $10k(must gave participated in either VEX Robotics or FIRST Robotics)*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Hendrix College ($15k upwards, full ride*) [Direct cost = 62k]

Kalamazoo College ($20k-$34k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = 63k]

Kenyon College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 79k]

Knox College (up to $34k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lawrence University ($20k-$31k) [Direct cost = 62k]

Lewis and Clark College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 71k]

Macalester College (up to $16k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Millsaps College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 56k]

Mount Holyoke College (up to full tuition) [Direct cost = 73k]

Occidental College ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = 75k]

Providence College ($20k-$30k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Rhodes College ($27k-$35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

University of Richmond (⅓ tuition, full ride*) [Direct cost = 73k]

Rollins College ($10k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 70k]

Scripps College ($15k-$28k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Sewanee: University of the South ($5k-$26k, $30k, full tuition, full ride) [Direct cost = 64k]

Smith College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 76k]

St. John’s College ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = 51k]

St. Olaf College (up to $35k) [Direct cost = 63k]

Trinity College ($5k-$27k) [Direct cost = 74k]

Union College ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = 77k]

Washington and Lee University (full ride*) [Direct cost = 76k]

Whitman College (up to $25k) [Direct cost = 70k]

Whittier College ($1k-$36k) [Direct cost = 64k]

Willamette University (up to $20k) [Direct cost = 68k]

Wofford College ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = 61k]

College of Wooster ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = 69k]



Private universities
American University ($8k-$22k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Baylor University ($12k-$23k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Butler University ($15k-$22k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Case Western Reserve University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

Chapman University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Chicago ($5k for first gen college students) [Direct cost = $76k]

University of Denver ($10k-$27k + $3k if you live on campus) [Direct cost = $69k]

DePaul University ($15k-$24k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Duke University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $75k]

Elon University ($3k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Emory University (up to a full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Fordham University ($1k-$12.5k, $15k, full tuition) [Direct cost = $75k]

Gonzaga University ($1k-$23k) [Direct cost = $62k]

High Point University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]

John Carroll University (up to $27k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Loyola Marymount University (up to $30k) [Direct cost = $68k]

Loyola University New Orleans ($14k-$23k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Marquette University ($10k-$18k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of Miami (up to $28k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $69k]

Northeastern University ($10k-$30k) [Direct cost = $73k]

University of Notre Dame ($15k, $25k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of the Pacific ($15k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Pepperdine University ($30k, $36k) [Direct cost = $74k]

University of Portland ($8k-$15k) [Direct cost = $64k]

University of Redlands (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $69k]

Rice University ($15k, $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

University of Rochester ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $77k]

Samford University ($1k-$17k) [Direct cost = $47k]

University of San Francisco (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $66k]

Santa Clara University ($6k-$18k) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Southern California ($2k-¼ tuition, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $76k]

Stetson University ($22k-$31k) [Direct cost = $64k]

St. Louis University ($8k-$23k) [Direct cost = $59k]

Syracuse University (partial tuition, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $72k]

University of Tampa (up to $11k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas Christian University ($12k-$25k + $4k college-based scholarship, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $66k]

Tulane University (up to $32k) [Direct cost = $75k]

University of Tulsa ($2k-$22k) [Direct cost = $57k]

Valparaiso University ($5k-$30k) [Direct cost = $58k]

Vanderbilt University (full tuition*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Villanova University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $74k]

Wake Forest University (full ride*) [Direct cost = $73k]

Washington University in St. Louis ($3k*, half tuition*, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $77k]

Xavier University ($5k-$20k) [Direct cost = $56k]



Public universities
University of Alabama ($6k-full tuition + $2.5k for engineering students, full ride*) [Direct cost = $45k]

University of Arizona ($1k-$10k) [Direct cost = $52k]

Arizona State University ($3k-$15.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Arkansas ($2k-$8k) [Direct cost = $34k]

Auburn University ($5.5k-$16.5k) [Direct cost = $46k]

Boise State University ($8k-$17k) [Direct cost = $37k]

University of California Riverside (up to $13.5k) [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Santa Cruz ($3k-$10k) [Direct cost = $61k]

University of Colorado Boulder ($6.25k-$13.75k + $3k humanities) [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Delaware ($5k-$18k) (Direct cost = $50k]

University of Florida ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $39k]

Florida State University ($14.5k-$17k, $20k*) [Direct cost = $33k]

University of Georgia ($9.5k-$24k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $41k]

Georgia Tech (full ride*) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (small departmental scholarships) [Direct cost = $47k]

Indiana University Bloomington ($1k-$11k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Iowa ($500-$10k) [Direct cost = $44k]

Iowa State University ($2k-$10k) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of Kansas ($3k-$9k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Kentucky ($8k-$12.5k, $3k*-$16k*) [Direct cost = $45k]

Louisiana State University (up to $21k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Maine ($5k-$15k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Michigan Ann Arbor ($20k*, $25k-$30k*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Michigan State University (up to $25k) [Direct cost = $53k]

University of Minnesota Twin Cities ($10k-$25k) [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Mississippi ($3.5k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Missouri ($5k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Nebraska Lincoln (up to $15k) [Direct cost = $39k]

University of New Hampshire ($4k-$12k) [Direct cost = $49k]

University of New Mexico ($15k, full tuition*) [Direct cost = $35k]

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

The Ohio State University (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $48k]

University of Oklahoma ($7k-$14k) [Direct cost = $41k]

Oklahoma State University ($4k-$10k) [Direct cost = $38k]

University of Oregon ($1k-$5k, $7.5k-$15k, up to $20k*, up to $30k(need-based component)*) [Direct cost = $54k]

Oregon State University ($3k-$6k) [Direct cost = $46k]

University of Pittsburgh ($2k) [Direct cost = $47k]

Purdue University ($10k-$16k) [Direct cost = $41k]

University of Rhode Island ($1.5k-$15k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $47k]

Rutgers University New Brunswick ($2k-$10k) [Direct costs = $45k]

University of South Carolina (up to $29k, full tuition*, full ride*) [Direct cost = $48k]

Temple University ($2k-full tuition) [Direct cost = $42k]

University of Tennessee Knoxville ($10k-$18k, full ride*) [Direct cost = $44k]

Texas A&M University College Station ($2.5k-$5k) [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Vermont ($8k-$20k) [Direct cost = $57k]

University of Virginia (full ride*) [Direct cost = $64k]

Virginia Tech (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $40k]

Washington State University ($2k-$4k) [Direct cost = $38k]

West Virginia University ($3k-$16k) [Direct cost = $36k]

University of Wisconsin Madison (small departmental scholarships*) [Direct cost = $51k]

University of Wyoming ($4k-$7k) [Direct cost = $32k]



Institutions that do not offer need-based financial aid or merit scholarships to international students:

University of California Berkeley [Direct cost = $61k]

UCLA [Direct cost = $60k]

University of California Davis [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Irvine [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California Merced [Direct cost = $62k]

University of California San Diego [Direct cost = $61k]

University of California Santa Barbara [Direct cost = $59k]

Clemson University [Direct cost = $50k]

Colorado School of Mines [Direct cost = $55k]

University of Maryland College Park [Direct cost = $52k]

University of Texas Austin [Direct cost = $50k]

University of Utah [Direct cost = $44k]

University of Washington Seattle [Direct cost = $53k]

The College of William and Mary [Direct cost = $60k]



A note on New York University (NYU):
NYU appears to be an incredibly popular US uni here on TSR so I thought I’d comment on it at the bottom. NYU’s direct cost is $76k (more if you are applying to Stern, the business school, or Tisch, the school of the arts); they do offer need-based financial aid to international students, however, they do not meet 100% of demonstrated need. That means that, for example, if your financial aid application demonstrates that your family can only afford $26k a year towards NYU, they do not promise, or even suggest that it is likely, that they will offer $50k in need-based financial aid. What percentage of your need is met is based on merit: i.e. how much they want you.
For more details please check out the first post on this thread which does a great deal of explaining how financial aid at NYU works: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com...e-read/1079773



Please remember that I am a fallible human being who is subject to human error, so please double-check financial information before applying to a school. Information may also change year to year.

This list is by no means exhaustive; if anyone has any other names of schools and/or further information to add, please do so!
Thank you so much for this - as a prospective student who knows they will have to rely on merit scholarships this really helps me! Hopefully I get some or I know I won't be able to afford uni out there even if I get in.
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Thank you so much for this - as a prospective student who knows they will have to rely on merit scholarships this really helps me! Hopefully I get some or I know I won't be able to afford uni out there even if I get in.
No worries, glad I could help.

I looked pretty much exclusively at merit scholarships so if you have any questions about what my experience was with it/how to go about it just lemme know.

Three tips:
1. If you haven't already, have the, potentially uncomfortable, but important and necessary conversation about the specifics of finances with your family. and get an exact budget for how much you can afford each year, remembering you'll also need to account for health insurance, transport, and miscellaneous costs on top of tuition, room, and board.
2. If you're able to take a test before applying, a strong SAT or ACT is gold when it comes to merit scholarships and will open up so much money, especially at larger schools (smaller schools, on average, tend to be more holistic when it comes to awarding merit scholarships, whilst larger schools, on average, tend to be more stats focused).
3. For safeties, look at schools that offer automatic merit scholarships based on grades and an SAT/ACT score. There are quite a few schools that offer automatic full tuition scholarships, or at least close to automatic full tuition scholarships, but when it comes to educational value, you really can't beat the University of Alabama or the University of Mississippi so definitely worth looking into those two unis, or at least they
Alabama - if you have at least a 6.5 average in your GCSEs and either a 32 composite ACT or a 1420 composite SAT score, you'll get a scholarship worth $28k towards their $30k out of state tuition, plus an automatic acceptance with those stats.
Ole Miss - if you have a 6 average in your GCSEs and either a 33 ACT or 1450 SAT score, you'll get a full tuition scholarship (I think it may be a few hundred dollars shy of full tuition, but basically full tuition).
And as I said, there are also schools that will offer automatic full tuition scholarships, but those two are the highest ranked that do and the only ones I know off the top of my head.
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