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Colleges Giving International Students the Most (and Least) Financial Aid

Note: Previous versions of this study were published on July 13, 2016 and December 4, 2018, but this page has since been updated to reflect the most recent data.

​The United States has some of the best colleges and universities in the world. For this reason, many international students apply to these schools each year. In fact, there were nearly 1.1 million international students enrolled at schools in the U.S. for the 2018-19 school year.

One of the biggest problems international students face is figuring out which college to attend. There are many factors that come into play: what the area is like, how many international students attend the university, how much it costs, availability of financial aid, and much more.

With the average cost of college now rising up to over $40,000 and $50,000 annually for public and private universities, respectively, finding funding is as important as ever.

Here at LendEDU, we try to help prospective college students make informed decisions about which institution to attend. By analyzing data licensed from the Peterson’s Financial Aid Database, we were able to determine which schools offer the most financial aid to international students.

We hope that these results help students coming from overseas decide on which school to attend and better plan for their college careers in the U.S. 

Average Financial Aid Package for International Students by College

Below you will find a table that features 738 higher education institutions in the U.S., sorted from the school that gives the most financial aid to international students, on average, to the college that provides the least financial aid to international students. Financial aid includes any scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study funding offered to the students.

Note: If you cannot find a certain school, the data was either not sufficient to include in the report or the school did not voluntarily submit their financial aid data to Peterson’s. 


The data found within this report derives from the Peterson’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Database that was licensed by LendEDU. Data from Peterson’s is voluntarily submitted by U.S. colleges and universities that choose to submit their financial aid information.

This particular data reflects financial aid statistics from the 2017/18 academic year, the most current dataset available. The dataset used here also only includes non-profit four-year private or public undergraduate universities and colleges. Only schools that reported to Peterson’s in 2019 were included in this report.

The statistics used in the table above were pulled directly from the Peterson’s dataset, and LendEDU reported the figure as we received them. Financial aid included any scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study funding offered to international students. No calculations or adjustments were made to the figures.

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