Who is eligible to apply as an international first-year student candidate?

Any student enrolled in his or her final year of secondary school (high school), or any student who has completed secondary school but has not begun studies at the university level, is eligible.

Are international transfer applications accepted?

Yes. University-level students can only apply as transfer candidates. However, financial aid is available for first-year international applicants only.

Can international students apply for Early Decision?

Yes. Students should only apply Early Decision if they are absolutely sure that Lafayette is their first choice as this is a binding agreement. A student accepted Early Decision must withdraw his or her applications to other colleges and universities and enroll at Lafayette.

Are international students admitted regardless of their financial need?

No. We take into account an international family’s ability to pay when making admission decisions. However, we do accept a number of financially needy students and will meet the demonstrated need of all admitted students, up to and including full tuition, room and board, books, and supplies.

What is the academic profile of funded international students?

Students selected for admission and funding have completed the most rigorous secondary school curriculum available. They have secured excellent marks/grades, have (or will have) graduated among the top of their classes, and have excelled on their examinations.

When are international students notified of their admissions decisions?

International decisions are generally finalized in late February, so students may receive their decision letters by April 1. Accepted students will also receive notification via email.

Will I receive credit for my courses?

Yes, we offer advanced credit for a number of different international curricula.

  • International Baccalaureate: Credit for 5 or better on the Higher Level exams. Full diploma candidates are reviewed on an individual basis for advanced standing.
  • British GCE A-level: Students are evaluated on an individual basis, but often credit is given for A’s and B’s.
  • French Baccalaureate: Case by case review upon enrollment.
  • German Abitur: Case by case review upon enrollment.
  • Advanced Placement: Generally, credit for 4 or greater on most exams. Credit for 3 or greater on the Calculus BC exam.

Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website to learn more.

I expect to have my green card by the time I enroll. Do I still have to apply as an international student?

Yes. Until you actually receive your green card and a permanent resident registration number from the U.S. government, you must apply for admission and aid as a foreign citizen.

How can I check the status of my Admissions Application?

In order to check on the status of your application after submission, visit the Application Status Page and view the checklist.

How can I check the status of my Financial Aid Application?

In order to check on the status of your application after submission, visit the Application Status Page and view the checklist.

Can my TOEFL score be accepted in lieu of the SAT/ACT results if I didn’t take SAT/ACT tests?

No, but the SAT/ACT is not required for those applying to Lafayette College for entrance in the fall of 2021.  An English proficiency test such as the TOEFL is still required.

If I take the SAT in January, will these scores be considered in time for review of my application for admission?

We do not recommend students take the January SAT given the receipt of the test results will occur after the application deadline.  If a student does take the January SAT, we ask them to rush the results to us as soon as they are received so we can do our best to take them into consideration in the admission committee review selection process.

Do you accept the ISFAA in place of the CSS Profile?

We do not accept the ISFAA. All financial aid applicants are required to complete the CSS Profile for financial aid consideration.

Do you offer fee waivers for the CSS Profile?

If cost is an issue, please contact us at admissions@lafayette.edu. We will let you know the process to be considered to receive a CSS fee waiver code. Lafayette has a limited supply of fee waivers to provide students.

What supplemental information is required for international students to apply for financial aid besides the CSS Profile?

No supplemental information is required when you complete the CSS Profile. If additional documentation is necessary after your Profile is reviewed, the financial aid office will contact you directly. The Noncustodial Profile must also be completed by any noncustodial parent.

Are there other documents that I will need to provide if admitted?

If you choose to enroll at Lafayette, we will require a statement of financial resources issued by your bank to issue an I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status in the U.S.

Does financial need impact the admissions decision?

Financial Aid is awarded on an extremely competitive basis. The admission committee may take into consideration financial need when rendering an admission decision.

Do you offer financial aid to international transfer students?

We do not offer merit or need based financial aid to international transfer students.

What type of financial aid award package will I receive?

It is important to know that if admitted, Lafayette meets the full demonstrated need based upon the CSS Profile. The award package typically contains a combination of grant, scholarship, loan, and job.

Can international students work on campus?

International students are eligible to work on campus. Hours are typically limited during the academic year to 10-12 hours per week.

Can international students receive merit aid?

International students are eligible to receive merit scholarships. All merit decisions are made by the Admissions Office. Students are not required to apply for such merit awards. The admission committee makes nominations and selected students will be notified at the time of their admission decision.

Is financial aid guaranteed for four years?

Need based aid is not a guarantee as it is based on your financial need each year. Your file will be reviewed annually by an aid director who will consider all information included in your application, as well as our costs for the year.

How will financial aid be determined after the first year?

Lafayette is committed to assisting you with your educational costs for the full four years. You must continue to make satisfactory academic progress, complete the CSS Profile by the established deadlines, and continue to demonstrate need.

Will my aid change after the first year?

Financial need is derived on the same basis as your original award. Each year’s award will reflect any increases in Lafayette costs, and any significant changes in family circumstances (i.e. job change, number of siblings in college, etc.). Your award may increase or decrease based on these family circumstances.

What happens if I don’t qualify for financial aid my first year?

We do not offer financial aid to international students who do not qualify in their first year due to budget constraints.

If you have any further questions regarding International Student Admissions, please contact admissions@lafayette.edu.