International Costs and Finances
Need-Based Aid for International Students
For financial aid purposes, you are considered to be an international student if you do not meet the eligibility criteria to receive federal student financial assistance. To qualify for federal assistance, students must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. (Learn more about how these classifications are defined.)
Vanderbilt University will offer need-based financial aid to a limited number of international undergraduate applicants. International students not seeking need-based financial aid should be prepared to finance, either privately or through a sponsor, the full cost of their Vanderbilt education. A student requesting consideration for need-based financial aid is required to submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid Profile showing their sources of financial support. We reserve the right to ask for additional documentation to verify information submitted on the Profile. Please know that by requesting consideration for need-based aid, admission to Vanderbilt is then "need aware." Those international students who demonstrate they can afford the cost of attending Vanderbilt will be given preferential treatment in the admission process. International citizens who apply through Regular Decision and request need-based aid will be reviewed as a separate group. Based upon an evaluation of academic qualities, financial need, and availability of resources, an international student may be considered for financial assistance.
For the 2012 - 2013 academic year, Vanderbilt received 690 applications for international need-based financial aid. From this pool, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions met 100% of demonstrated financial need for 33 students from 26 countries. The range of awards included $36,000 per year to $63,500 per year for four years of undergraduate study. All students demonstrated exceptional academic and co-curricular talent in the admissions process.
In addition to the non-restricted forms of financial aid for international students, Vanderbilt also offers financial aid to students meeting specific criteria. Examples of need-based financial assistance available for international students include the following:
- Hilppa A. K. Roby Scholarship, providing full-tuition support to undergraduate students from Finland with demonstrated financial need who are enrolled in Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Science. In addition to full tuition, the Hilppa A. K. Roby Scholarship will provide a stipend of up to $5,000 to be used for a one-time summer study abroad, research investigation or other approved experience, and an additional $1,500 per year as a travel allowance to and from Finland.
- The Irene and Thomas Harrington International Scholarship provides financial assistance to international students enrolled full time in any of Vanderbilt's four undergraduate schools. Preference is given to students from France, with second preference to students from the European Union.
- The Early-White International Scholarship provides assistance to undergraduate international students from the United Kingdom or European Union member countries enrolled in the College of Arts and Science.
The CSS Profile must be submitted by the applicant to be considered for these awards.
Please note that we do not offer financial aid to international transfer students.
Deadline for Need-Based Aid Applications
For international students, the deadline to apply for need-based financial aid is January 5, 2014. Please contact your admissions officer if you have difficulty retrieving financial aid documents by the deadline.
Merit-Based Aid for International Students
International freshmen applicants are eligible to apply for all merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt. To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students should apply online. (A PDF is also available for those who need to mail their application.) Students should be aware that merit-based scholarships are awarded only to a select few of our most exceptional applicants each year.
Need-Based Aid for U.S. Citizens Abroad and U.S. Permanent Residents
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens living abroad are eligible to receive need-based financial assistance from one of the strongest need-based financial aid programs in the country. Vanderbilt is proud to offer need-blind admission and meet 100% of each student's financial need with generous aid packages that do not include institutional loans. Vanderbilt's need-based aid program is designed to encourage all qualified U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens — regardless of financial circumstances — to consider applying for admission to Vanderbilt. Cost should not be a barrier to access, so Vanderbilt's no-loan financial aid program has no income cutoff and every family who feels they may need help paying for a Vanderbilt education should apply for financial assistance.
To apply for need-based financial aid U.S. citizens abroad and eligible non-citizens should submit the following:
- A completed College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS PROFILE)
- A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Official copies of your or your parents' most recent text return with all attachments and W-2 forms to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships as soon as they are complete or available