Unfortunately, financial assistance for international students is extremely limited. While international students are generally fully eligible for all merit scholarship opportunities offered by Tulane, access to Tulane’s need-based scholarship offering at the full-time undergraduate level (excluding SoPA) is limited. In general, international students are ineligible for the various types of federal student aid resources offered by the U.S. Department of Education. A student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive U.S. federal student aid. Review Eligible Noncitizen for more details. If a student is ineligible to receive a U.S. federal student aid, then the student does not need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
We hope that the information below provides insight as to the types of assistance that is available for international students. In addition, we invite international students to gain additional information via http://www.edupass.org/finaid.
Loan options are available for international students through private/alternative educational loans which allow application if (with few exceptions) the international student obtains a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident co-signer. The co-signer must supply a U.S. social security number, have a satisfactory credit history, and demonstrate sufficient current income to repay credit obligations (including the educational loan). The student applicant also should provide a U.S. social security number if possible. With a creditworthy co-signer, a student can borrow up to the Cost of Attendance. Tulane determines the borrower's maximum loan eligibility based on the Cost of Attendance for the academic year associated with the loan, less any other financial aid received. The interest rates are variable. For more details on these education loans please visit the Non-Federal Private Alternative Loan section of our website.
Full-time undergraduate international students and/or undocumented students (other than SoPA) may be considered for Tulane’s institutional need-based scholarship funds. Tulane requires that all need-based scholarship recipients, including international students, maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) each semester in a full-time division (Newcomb-Tulane College, School of Architecture, School of Science and Engineering, School of Liberal Arts, Freeman School of Business).
Currently, full-time division undergraduate international students may receive up to a maximum of $23,000 in Tulane Need-Based Scholarship annually depending on their family's level of financial need. Students receiving a merit or athletic scholarship in excess of the maximum are not eligible for Tulane Need-Based Scholarship. An international student's remaining financial need must be funded by the student's family or from another resource (for example, international students may wish to consider borrowing private/alternative loans as described above). Those who wish to be considered for Tulane need-based scholarship funds should complete the online CSS Profile. The suggested deadline for application is February 15th for new students. Returning students should submit the online form by May 1st.
Institutional aid, such as scholarship or fellowship aid, is offered directly from the Graduate Schools. Interested applicants should contact the schools directly for more information.