Financial Aid for International Students
Each year, we anticipate that a fairly small and highly qualified group of international students will be offered financial aid. Because Tufts relies on federally-subsidized funds for which international students do not qualify, the university must draw on limited institutional resources (primarily grants) when aiding international students. While competition for international student financial aid is strong, the university is committed to maintaining and expanding its global campus community.
The university awards financial aid only on the basis of demonstrated financial need. We do not offer any merit-based academic 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 should 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). If you are filling out the ISFAA, please attach the completed ISFAA form and required supporting documents to an email, and send to the Financial Aid office at email@example.com as you cannot submit them through IDOC.
Please visit the Financial Aid website for application details and other 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.