Scholarships and Aid for International Students Applying for Undergraduate Programs

As most of us know, financial aid and scholarships are limited for International students applying to the U.S. universities. There are still a number of universities that try to provide some aid or assistance package to strong profile International students, with majority of them being private universities and colleges.

Here is a list of universities that are more generous when it comes to awarding financial aid to International students. Most of these universities, if not all, are the top private colleges, including colleges focusing on Liberal Arts. Many of them have huge endowments so less pressure on budgets and do not have the taxpayer funds supporting the system.

Students who has strong academic record with a good extra-curricular profile, leadership etc. are in excellent positio, not only from the chances of getting admitted to these highly competitive institutions but also seeing some of their expenses covered by college aid and grants.

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Stanford University – Stanford, California

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA

Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut

Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey

Brown University – Providence, Rhode Island

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, California

Grinnell College – Grinnell, Iowa

Dartmouth College – Hanover, New Hampshire

Carleton College – Northfield, Minnesota

Reed College – Portland, Oregon

Rice University – Houston, Texas

Skidmore College – Saratoga Springs, New York

Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Oberlin College – Oberlin, Ohio

Colgate College – Hamilton, New York

University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California

Vassar College – Poughkeepsie, New York

Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, Illinois

University of Miami – Coral Gables, Florida

Washington and Lee University – Lexington, Virginia

Amherst College – Northampton, Massachusetts

Bard College – Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Bates College – Lewiston, Maine

Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin

Bennington College – Bennington, Vermont

Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Clark University – Worcester, Massachusetts

Colby College – Waterville, Maine

College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor, Maine

Colorado College – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Connecticut College – New London, Connecticut

Denison University – Granville, Ohio

DePauw University – Greencastle, Indiana

Dickinson College – Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Franklin and Marshall College – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Hamilton College – Clinton, New York

Hampshire College – Amherst, Massachusetts

Hendrix College – Conway, Arkansas

Kenyon College – Gambier, Ohio

Knox College – Galesburg, Illinois

Lafayette College – Easton, Pennsylvania

Lawrence University – Appleton, Wisconsin

Macalester College – St Paul, MN

Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vermont

Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Massachusetts

Ohio Wesleyan University – Delaware, Ohio

Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville, New York

Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts

Soka University of America – Aliso Viego, California

St. John’s College – Annapolis – Annapolis, Maryland

St. Lawrence University – Canton, New York

St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota

Trinity College – Hartford, Connecticut

Union College – Schenectady, New York

University of Richmond – Richmond, Virginia

University of Rochester – Rochester, New York

Wabash College – Crawfordsville, Indiana

Wellesley College – Wellesley, Massachusetts

Wesleyan University – Middleton, Connecticut

Wheaton College (MA) – Norton, Massachusetts

Williams College – Williamstown, Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Worcester, Massachusetts

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About Author Ajay Singh

I graduated from I.I.T India and came to U.S. for higher studies in Engineering 20 years back. After working for a few years in Austin, Texas as a design engineer, I went back for a M.B.A at Harvard Business School. I have worked for number of global companies in senior leadership and management positions. Over the years I have advised number of students on college admission.

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