Financial Aid for International Students
Tufts University is serious about making sure that all qualified applicants can afford an undergraduate education. Tufts proudly meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, regardless of citizenship. Demonstrated need is the difference between the annual cost to attend Tufts (including books, personal expenses, and transportation to campus) and the amount a student’s family is expected to contribute each year. Financial need is determined by our analysis of family financial resources via submitted paperwork. While competition for international student financial aid is extremely competitive, the university is committed to maintaining and expanding its global campus community.
The university does not offer any merit-based scholarships.
If you expect that you will need financial aid at Tufts, you must apply for it when you apply for admission. If you wait until you are notified about your admission to Tufts to apply for aid, you will not receive it.
Financial aid is not available to international students who do not receive aid upon admission. The family contribution that is determined upon admission will remain the same as long as the student is eligible to receive financial aid.
International students applying for financial aid must submit the CSS Profile, to be completed and submitted online at the College Board website. Supporting documents for the CSS Profile must be submitted through IDOC - please do not email them to our office.
If submission of the CSS Profile would cause significant financial hardship for your family, you may instead complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) once your application has been submitted and you have access to the Tufts portal. The completed ISFAA form and required supporting documents can be uploaded to your Tufts portal once you have access to it. You cannot submit these documents through IDOC.
Please visit the Financial Aid website for additional information.
Special Programs and Resources
The Davis United World Scholars Program
The Davis United World College Scholars program, generously funded by the Shelby Davis family, entitles graduates of United World College Schools (UWC) to receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000 per year toward the costs of undergraduate study at Tufts. UWC graduates with additional need may apply to Tufts for need-based financial aid. Both the Davis United World College Scholars grant and all Tufts financial aid grants are multi-year awards (up to four years) and are renewable if the student maintains good academic standing.
A website sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA is a useful resource to address broader questions regarding higher education in this country.