Beginning with first-year applicants for the Fall 2019 semester, Fordham University will expand its need based aid awards to a limited number of international students. Selection for awards will be based on academic and extracurricular achievement as well as a thoughtful assessment of demonstrated need. Because of this new opportunity, the application requirements for all first year applicants to Fordham who plan to attend on a non-immigrant visa will include submission of either the Fordham Statement of Funding or the CSS Profile (see Application Requirements above for details).
The Fordham application review for non-immigrant international applicants will be a need aware process. Due to limited funding, not all who require aid will receive awards and the amount of required aid may impact the final admission decision.
As funding for international students is limited, need-based aid awards will 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 at maximum. As the student and family will be responsible for all annual indirect charges, to qualify, the CSS Profile Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must demonstrate a minimum of $25,000. This figure includes estimates for room and board, textbooks, travel expenses, health insurance, and miscellaneous expenses, along with annual increases in tuition .
Need-based aid awards are offered at the same amount annually for up to four years provided the student meets minimum GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and there is no change to immigration status. Any international financial aid recipient who receives a green card or US citizenship during enrollment at Fordham will need to re-apply for funding, according to the domestic student aid process (i.e. file FAFSA). Award totals will not be adjusted in subsequent years so students and families must plan their finances accordingly, expecting estimated annual cost of attendance increases of 3-5%.
In addition, Fordham will continue to offer partial merit scholarships to international applicants who qualify for these competitive academic awards.
Please see the International FAQs if you have additional questions.