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.

Students who qualify for need-based assistance 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

Financial aid applications and documents for first year applicants should be emailed to admission@bates.edu by the applicable deadline.


Requirements for Canadian Applicants
  • 2018-19 CSS Profile — The CSS Profile must be completed by your parents (custodial and noncustodial) if you are requesting institutional financial aid from Bates. Our Profile school code is 3076.
  • 2016 Canadian Income Tax Returns and T4 Forms — You and your parents (custodial and noncustodial) must submit copies of 2016 tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and T4 forms to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC). If you or your parents did not file a 2016 income tax return, please complete a Non-Tax Filer Statement available on IDOC.

Requirements for Currently Enrolled Students
  • 2018-19 International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)
  • Copy of parents’ most recently filed government income tax return (translated into English, if applicable) for your country of residence
  • Statement from your parents’ employer(s) indicating current annual gross wages, bonuses, and benefits (automobile, housing and education allowances), along with taxes paid.

Applications for currently enrolled students should be mailed to the Office of Student Financial Services, 44 Mountain Avenue, Lewiston, ME  04240 and are due by May 1, 2018.


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.