Who is eligible for international student need-based financial aid?
New first-year applicants for the fall semester only who will study at Fordham on a non-immigrant visa and who meet the following financial contribution guidelines.
To qualify, the CSS Profile Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must demonstrate, at minimum, sufficient funding for all indirect annual costs of attendance: at least $30,000. This includes room and board, textbooks, travel expenses, health insurance, and miscellaneous expenses, along with annual estimated increases in tuition.
What is the range of available need-based awards?
As available funding for international students is limited, need-based awards do not cover the complete annual cost of attendance. The annual awards may range from a few thousand dollars up to the cost of a student’s first-year full tuition charges.
What types of need-based awards are available?
Fordham offers need-based institutional grants. Loans and work-study positions are not offered as part of a financial aid package. More information about employment opportunities with an F-1 student visa can be reviewed here.
Are merit awards also available?
All complete applications for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships. No supplementary materials are required to apply. Merit award notifications are included within the online admission letter.
How and when do I apply?
1) Select “Yes” when asked if you are applying for financial aid on the Fordham University Member Questions of the Common Application.
2) Submit the CSS Profile (school code: 2259) and any supporting documents by the deadlines for your chosen admission plan:
- Early Action / Early Decision:
- Admission Application: November 1
- CSS Profile November 1
- Priority Performance
- Admission Application: November 1
- CSS Profile: January 15
- Regular Decision:
- Admission Application: January 1
- CSS Profile January 15
Can I apply for financial aid after I am offered admission or enrolled at Fordham?
No - all requests for financial aid must be made at the time of application for admission. Requests after admission or at any time during enrollment at Fordham will not be considered.
Can financial aid awards be increased in future years?
Initial awards will not be adjusted for future years of study. All awards are offered at the same amount annually for up to four years provided the student meets minimum GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students and families must budget their finances accordingly, expecting estimated annual cost of attendance increases of 3-5%.
Is Fordham’s admission review for international students need-blind?
Fordham is need-sensitive in the international application review. Due to limited available funding, the amount of demonstrated need may impact the final admission decision.
How many international students receive financial aid?
Approximately 7% of international students who applied for financial aid are selected for awards.
Are CSS Profile fee waivers offered?
As Fordham does not commit to meeting full demonstrated need and requires a substantial minimum EFC to qualify for aid, CSS Profile fee waivers are not offered.
I live abroad but have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Am I qualified for these awards?
Eligible non-citizens and U.S./dual U.S. citizens living abroad who wish to be considered for financial aid will complete the domestic student aid application process.
Are international transfer students eligible to receive financial aid?
Transfer students are not eligible to apply for need-based aid. Information on available merit scholarships can be found here.
If I become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident during my Fordham enrollment, will my financial aid award be impacted?
Any international need-based aid recipient who receives U.S. citizenship or a green card during enrollment at Fordham will maintain a Fordham Tuition Award of equal value to their initial award for up to four years total.