International Aid

10 Universities That Offer International Students the Most Aid

Among the schools that gave the most financial aid to international students, the average award was $54,718.

Skidmore College is the most generous institution for giving financial aid to international students, according to U.S. News data.

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The U.S. is home to some of the world’s best colleges and universities, and more applicants from outside of the country are asking to be let in. A record number of international students – 886,052 undergraduate and graduate students – enrolled during the 2013-2014 school year, according to an annual report on study abroad trends.

Many prospective students from abroad, much like applicants from the U.S., will need financial aid to cover the costs of tuition and fees, which can reach as high as $51,300 per year, according to U.S. News data.

Some institutions are more generous than others when it comes to giving financial aid to international students, and Skidmore College is one.

It awarded international undergraduates $56,600 on average during the 2014-2015 school year. The New York school awarded the most aid, on average, to international students among 393 ranked institutions that submitted data to U.S. News.

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Skidmore has been listed before as one of the top 10 schools for awarding the most aid to undergrads from abroad, though its average aid amount in previous years has been lower. It was $53,600 during the 2013-2014 school year.

The University of Chicago‘s average aid for international students has significantly decreased. During the 2013-2014 school year, its average award was $53,637, making it a top 10 school for financial aid to students from abroad. For the 2014-2015 school year, that average fell to $48,340, knocking the school out of the top 10.

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Among the 10 schools that gave the most aid to international students, the average aid award was $54,718.

Fort Hays State University gave the least aid to international students. The Kansas school gave students from abroad $1,061 on average during the 2014-2015 school year, but its tuition and fees are relatively low. Out-of-state students paid $13,159 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Below is a list of the 10 colleges and universities that gave the most financial aid to at least 50 students from abroad in the 2014-2015 school year. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

School name (state) Number of international students who received aid during 2014-2015 Average aid awarded to international undergraduates during 2014-2015 U.S. News rank and category
Skidmore College (NY) 96 $56,600 38 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Yale University (CT) 322 $55,862 3, National Universities
Amherst College (MA) 154 $55,673 2, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Williams College (MA) 87 $55,119 1, National Liberal Arts Colleges
Wesleyan University (CT) 77 $54,996 14 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Trinity College (CT) 166 $54,788 43 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges
Columbia University (NY) 176 $53,972 4 (tie), National Universities
Stanford University (CA) 150 $53,422 4 (tie), National Universities
Harvard University (MA) 524 $53,409 2, National Universities
Duke University (NC) 173 $53,334 8, National Universities

Don’t see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find financial aid data, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.

U.S. News surveyed nearly 1,800 colleges and universities for our 2015 survey of undergraduate programs. Schools self-reported myriad data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News’ data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Colleges rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News’ rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schoolsor Best Online Programs. The financial aid data above are correct as of Sept. 24, 2015.

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