Frequently Asked Questions: International Students
Q. Does Haverford College provide financial aid for international students?
A. Yes, but the number of international students we can help is limited. The College can provide funding for only three international students per class who have need. All aid is based on need. Haverford Collegee does not have a merit aid or scholarships.
Q. Are the three students chosen from the groups of students applying
for admission under Early Decision or as Transfer students?
A. No. The decision on which three international students will receive the available financial aid funding is made by the beginning of April from the pool of students applying for Regular Decision. International students who wish to apply for Haverford financial aid should not apply under our Early Decision plan. International students who apply and are admitted as Transfer students will not receive Haverford College Financial Aid because the available funds are always allocated to first year students.
Q. Can I be admitted as a first-year international student, receive
no aid, and then reapply for aid in my second year or in any subsequent
A. No. Since all international student aid available for each class is committed to three students who are admitted to the Freshmen Class under Regular Decision, there are no funds remaining to assist additional students. If you do not receive Haverford College Financial Aid when you are admitted to the College as a Regular Decision student, you will not be able to receive aid in any subsequent year of attendance at the College regardless of your circumstances.
Q. What are the application procedures and how is need determined for
A. Those wishing to apply for the aid available to international students should follow the "foreign citizen" instructions under "Additional Forms" on the Financial Aid Forms page. The Financial Aid Office determines need by subtracting the amount the family should contribute from the standard expense budget. Please note that these expenses do not include travel if you live outside the United States, nor are expenses such as clothing or living costs at times the College in not in session included. Starting with students entering in the 2007-2008 Academic Year, College policy requires that the Financial Aid Office subtract the standard Academic Year Job and Summer Savings expectations made of all students. While the three international students per class receiving Haverford College Financial Aid will be able to earn the standard Job expectation during the academic year, the College does not provide funding for the Summer Savings Expectations. You will have to provide these funds in addition to any contribution your family will have to make and in addition to any expenses not covered by the allowances made under our standard expense budget. Finally, your need is reduced for any outside aid, benefit, or educational payment you may receive. After deducting the family contribution, outside aid, and the standard Summer Savings and Academic Year Job expectations, the remaining need is met with Haverford College Grant funds.
Q. How is the decision made on which three international students will
A. By the beginning of April, the Admission Office picks three students to receive Haverford College Aid from the pool of international students admitted from the Regular Decision pool who have applied for financial aid and have need. The Decision of the Admission Office on the three students to receive aid is based on merit (i.e. using the information you filed to apply for admission to the College) and not on how much or how little you or your family can contribute toward the costs of your education.