Top Colleges Offering Financial Aid to International Students

February 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Are you planning to study in the US? If so, you’ll find the latest study by the U.S. News & World Report to be of particular interest. This report evaluated the financial assistance packages that US colleges provided their international undergraduate students. After reviewing the 776 US colleges that provide financial aid to international students, the top 10 colleges were narrowed down and ranked.

Interestingly, the top 10 colleges offering financial aid to international students averaged $47,469. While it is important to note that this is not the norm, as many of the 776 schools offered a few hundred dollars to its students coming from overseas, this information can be helpful for students budgeting and planning to study in the US.

For many international students, the financial aid packages may just be the final determination of whether the student will go abroad for their undergraduate degree. Especially as tuition continually increases and the economic downfall has widespread consequences, students are more than ever depending on help from their college or university.

Below is the final report of the top colleges offering financial aid to international students along with the average award package given in 2010-2011:

1. Yale University, Connecticut – $51,044

2. Wesleyan University, Connecticut  – $50,743

3. Skidmore College, New York – $50,000

4. Amherst College, Massachusetts – $49,010

5. Trinity College, Connecticut – $48,999

6. Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania – $48,908

7. University of Chicago, Illinois – $48,436

8. Williams College, Massachusetts – $47,713

9. Vassar College, New York – $47,623


  1. Daniel Mwiti Murungi says:

    I say congratulation to USA Gvrnment for offering help to international student in these colleges. For me i ask that if i can be considered, if so you can contact me through email

  2. Solomon says:

    I from Africa Nigeria i wish to Know if i can be considered for the financial Aids. Thanks you

    • blindblom says:

      Thank you for your questions.

      For details on what financial aid packages your school of interest offers you will need to contact that school. If you are unsure of what school you would like to attend or want more information on one of the schools above, simply click the school’s name.

      For international student loan information, you can find it by clicking here.

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  4. Juma Ruben says:

    Hi im from South Sudan aged 24 years old, and i would like to know whether i will be considered for this program of financial aid. I have completed high school, but lacking finance for going to university.

    • blindblom says:

      Hi Juma,

      Thank you for your question. To be considered for financial aid at one of the schools listed you would need to contact the school. You can find out more information on each of the schools by clicking on the link.

      Good luck!

  5. ntokozo macwele says:

    i am from swaziland and i would like to know if i qualify for the financial help?its my dream to study in the usa ,please help me.

    • blindblom says:

      Ntokozo thank you for your comment.

      I have sent you an email that provides more information on international student loans. Please feel free to reply with any questions you might have. For more information on the financial aid options that are offered by your school you will have to contact your school for that information.

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