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International Students

Bates awards need-based institutional financial aid to eligible International students.

International students seeking institutional assistance must apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission. The intent to apply for financial aid must be indicated on the admission application. Students who indicate on the application that they are not candidates for financial aid will not be considered for aid after they have been accepted to the College.

Eligible International students can receive financial aid for up to 8 semesters, in the form of a grant (that does not need to be repaid) and the opportunity to work on campus (up to 20 hours per week.) Bates uses an institutional formula to determine the parent contribution and considers factors such as parent income, parent assets, number of dependents in the household, and number of dependent children attending undergraduate institutions in the United States. Families should anticipate paying the same parent contribution each year — after the first year, students are also asked to contribute through summer earnings.


Requirements for First Year Applicants

  1. Bates Financial Statement for International Students (PDF) - please note that applicants can submit the College Board PROFILE in addition to the Bates application.
  2. A letter attesting to annual salary from each working parent’s employer, translated into English.
  3. A copy of the most recent parental tax return, translated into English, if applicable.
  4. Citizens of Canada must complete the College Board PROFILE (school code 3076) and provide a copy of each parent’s most recent Canadian tax return.

Applications for first year students should be mailed to: Bates Office of Admission, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240 by the applicable Admission deadline.


Requirements for Currently Enrolled Students

  1. Financial Aid Application for Returning International Students (PDF)
  2. A letter attesting to annual salary from each working parent’s employer, translated into English.
  3. A copy of the most recent parental tax return, translated into English, if applicable.
  4. Citizens of Canada must complete the College Board PROFILE (school code 3076) and provide a copy of each parent’s most recent Canadian tax return.

Applications for currently enrolled students should be mailed to Bates Office of Student Financial Services, 44 Mountain Avenue, Lewiston, ME  04240 and are due by May 1.


Resources for International Students

Bates encourages students to seek assistance through sponsors and outside sources. In many countries, it is often possible to find information at U.S. Information Service (USIS) posts or at educational advising centers designated by the U.S. Embassy.