Dickinson College is proud to offer an array of financial options for international students:

  • grants and scholarships (gift money which need not be repaid)
  • low-interest loans (which must be repaid)
  • work-study opportunities (students earn money by working on campus to contribute to their expenses, such as books and personal needs).

Please be aware that the amount of available financial aid is very limited and students will be expected to contribute to their educational expenses; we do not offer financial aid or scholarships to cover 100% of the educational costs. 

Merit Scholarships

International students are eligible for Dickinson’s highly selective, non-need-based merit scholarships.  

There is no separate application to be considered for Dickinson's merit scholarships (except the Presidential Scholarship). Your admissions application qualifies you for scholarship consideration based on academic performance, strength of high-school curriculum, and demonstrated leadership in school and community activities.  

The merit scholarship will be the first component of any need-based financial aid award. 

Applying for Financial Aid

The number of international students awarded need-based aid from Dickinson will depend on the pool of applicants each year. Applicants must indicate their intention to apply for financial aid on the admissions application (Common Application).

Financial-aid forms must be submitted at the same time as your admissions application for your application to be considered complete. To apply for financial aid at Dickinson, your family must complete the following financial-aid applications:

Fall 2022 Applicants

  • All international students will complete the electronic Certification of Finances form through their applicant portal (available August 1), along with supporting documentation for sources reported on the form
  • Students requesting need-based aid should complete the College Board’s CSS Profile financial-aid application. This form must be completed and submitted electronically.

If you have difficulty submitting documents due to COVID-19, please contact us.

If offered admission, you will learn of your acceptance and financial-aid award at the same time. While we hope you join the Dickinson community, it is extremely important that you notify the college immediately if you choose not to enroll so that we may assist another international applicant. 

Tips for Completing Your Financial-Aid Forms

  • Always consider funds needed for travel, health insurance and personal expenses when estimating the family contribution.
  • Applicants must record the expected family contribution on the Certification of Finances Form. Be sure the contribution provided on the CSS Profile matches what is listed on the Certification of Finances form. If you are accepted, this will clarify your situation during the application-review process and ease your 1-20 Student Visa processing. It is important to note that Dickinson requires that you show support for your expected contribution for four years of study at Dickinson.
  • The Certification of Finances form is to be  accompanied by a bank statement or certificate.
  • If you have a sponsor other than your parents, they must also supply documents in support of their contribution.

To estimate your family contribution:

  1. Determine the funds you have available for yearly college costs.
  2. Subtract your estimated expenditures for travel (both to and from the United States and within the United States) and personal expenditures, including the international student health insurance; and,
  3. List the remainder as your family’s contribution toward tuition and room and board charges.
  4. Please note that a current breakdown of the annual cost of attendance, including the international student health insurance and student-activities fee, can be found on the financial operations page. These costs are updated every March for the upcoming academic year.

Financial Assistance from Non-Dickinson Sources

We do expect families to contribute to the student’s educational costs; however, you may be able to help finance your education with non-Dickinson loans or scholarships. If financial assistance is important, we recommend you begin to research options to supplement any financial aid Dickinson may award. This will help you to determine if a financial-aid award is sufficient, or if you’ll have difficulty contributing to your educational costs. 

The following websites may be a starting point in your search: 

A word of caution: If a scholarship has an application fee, avoid it, as it most likely is a scam.

Other Ideas

  • U.S. government funds, when available, are limited to specific countries. Try writing to the Agency for International Development, Office of International Training, Washington, D.C., 20523, and visit the U.S. Department of State.
  • Talk to your school, educational-advising centers or government officials (for example, ministry of education or cultural center of your embassy) about funding opportunities with your government.
  • Explore all options, including parents’ employers, clubs and religious organizations. Students often receive funding from many sources, and smaller scholarships can add up quickly.