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International Costs and Finances

View estimated costs for full-time undergraduate students for academic year 2018-2019

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 international students admitted for fall 2018, Vanderbilt offered need-based aid and/or merit scholarships to 60 students representing 37 countries. The range of awards offered was $9,291 - $75,177 per year for four years. 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:

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.

*Applicants from countries sanctioned by the U.S. government or countries from which the College Board has declined to accept credit cards (Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo) should contact the admissions counselor for their region.

Deadline for Need-Based Aid Applications

For international students, the deadline to apply for need-based financial aid is January 2, 2018. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have difficulty retrieving financial aid documents by the deadline.

Merit-Based Aid for International Students

International first-year applicants are eligible to apply for all merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt.

The application for the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship is required; you must apply to be considered. For the Ingram Scholarship Program and the Chancellor's Scholarship, the application is strongly encouraged; preference is given to those who apply. Students who wish to be considered for additional merit scholarships are encouraged to complete the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship application. 

Within two business days of submitting your application for admission to Vanderbilt, you should receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions explaining how to create your online MyAppVU account. Under the Scholarship Application tab in MyAppVU, you will be able to select the signature program(s) to which you wish to apply. 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:

  1. A completed College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile (CSS PROFILE)
  2. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Official copies of your or your parents' 2016 tax 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

Possible Alternate Sources of Financial Aid

International students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of external assistance when financing a Vanderbilt education. Corporations, foundations, service organizations, religious groups, parent and school associations, etc. sponsor numerous educational assistance programs. International students are also encouraged to explore the International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) website for information regarding scholarships and loans.

The following organizations and agencies may be helpful resources in locating financial aid. Students are invited to make inquiries. Vanderbilt is not associated with, nor endorses any of the following organizations, but is pleased to provide a sampling of many similar organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

  • eduPass — The SmartStudent Guide for Studying in the USA
  • The African American Institute (AAI)
    833 United Nations Plaza
    New York, New York 10017-3581
  • AAI
    1320 — 19th Street, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20036-1679
  • Institute for International Education (IIE)
    833 United Nations Plaza
    New York, New York 10017-3581
  • International Human Assistance Program
    360 Park Avenue South
    New York, New York 10010-1769
  • Service (AMIDEAST)
    Suite 1001717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W
    Washington, D.C. 20036-4601
    (AMIDEAST has several field offices in various countries in the Middle East.)