International Students

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Many financial assistance opportunities exist for international students. These include merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, and private education loans.

Merit-based funds

International freshmen students are eligible to compete for and be considered for merit-based scholarships such as the Presidential Scholarship (valued at tuition, general fee, room, board and books for eight consecutive semesters), and the Villanova Scholarship (partial tuition) along with US citizens and permanent residents.

Due to the high number of eligible applicants, not all students who meet the minimum criteria are offered scholarships. Furthermore, international transfer students are not eligible to be considered for merit-based financial aid.

Athletic scholarships should be pursued and arranged directly with the Athletic Department.

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Need-based funds

Freshmen international students who are applying for admissions for the Class of 2020 are welcome to apply for limited need-based financial aid, and should submit the following items by February 7, 2016:

  • CSS PROFILE for 2016-2017
  • Official letter (in English and in US Dollars) from a parent's employer stating gross income and value of perquisites, subsidies, and/or benefits for the previous calendar year
  • Certification of Finances with a supporting bank letter (in English and in US Dollars)
  • Statement from your bank (in English and in US Dollars) indicating the amount of savings and checking that your parents have on deposit with the bank.  Provide this statement for each bank your family has funds deposited.

All requested documents must be submitted to the College Board Institutional Documentation (IDOC) Service, not to the Office of Financial Assistance.

New for the 2015-2016 academic year - families can electronically upload their documents on IDOC's website, which allows for a faster processing time.  Please review the email from IDOC for more information regarding this process.

Although a student applying for aid may be academically admissible, not all students will be awarded financial aid due to the limited availability of funding. In addition, all students receiving funds are expected to contribute personally toward educational and personal expenses while attending Villanova University.

Please note:

  • All Freshman international students will be notified of financial aid eligibility at the beginning of April.
  • Recipients are required to re-apply for financial aid each year (following the steps below) by April 30.

Returning Undergraduate Students
Returning undergraduate students who were previously awarded are required to re-apply for aid each year.  Students must submit the following items by April 30, 2016:

  • Complete the CSS PROFILE for 2016-2017.
  • Statement from your bank (in English and in US Dollars) indicating the amount of savings and checking that your parents have on deposit with the bank.  Provide this statement for each bank your family has funds deposited.
  • Official letter (in English and in US Dollars) from a parent's employer stating gross income and value of perquisites, subsidies, and/or benefits for the previous calendar year.

Financial aid for returning students who submit their applications by the April 30 deadline will be notified of their eligibility for the 2016-2017 academic year by the first week of July 2016.  Students who do not re-apply for aid by the deadline are at risk of losing all or part of their aid eligibility.

More Information

Tuition Payment Plan
International Students may wish to consider signing up for the Tuition Payment Plan in order to disperse payments into ten months, instead of twice a year. Please visit the Bursar's Office for more information.

Student loans
International citizens may also seek student loans, provided a US citizen or permanent resident is willing co-sign the loan.

Forms to be downloaded:

2016-2017 Academic Year

Certificate of Finances

2016-2017 International Student Financial Aid Information Sheet

2015-2016 Academic Year

Certificate of Finances

2015-2016 International Student Financial Aid Information Sheet