Undocumented, DACA, and International Students
For financial aid purposes, you are considered to be an international student if you do not meet the eligibility criteria to receive federal student financial assistance. To qualify for federal assistance, students must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. (Learn more in our Glossary of Financial Aid Terms under Citizen/Eligible Non Citizen)
Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students
Undocumented and DACA students are eligible for Vanderbilt's need-based financial aid program in the same way as U.S. citizens. Vanderbilt is need-blind in the admissions process; your ability to pay is not part of the admissions decision.
Vanderbilt University will offer renewable need-based financial aid to a limited number of international freshman undergraduate applicants. International students not seeking need-based financial aid should be prepared to finance, either privately or through a sponsor, the full cost of their Vanderbilt education. A student requesting consideration for need-based financial aid is required to submit the College Board Financial Aid PROFILE showing their sources of financial support. At the time of submission, the only document we require is the PROFILE. We reserve the right to ask for additional documentation to verify information submitted on the PROFILE. Vanderbilt is need aware for international citizens. Should an international citizen apply for financial assistance, the financial aid application and the amount of financial aid required may be a factor in a final admissions decision. Based upon an evaluation of academic qualities, financial need, and availability of resources, an international student may be considered for financial assistance.
The priority dates to submit the PROFILE application for international citizens are as follows:
Early Decision I Applicants - November 5
Early Decision II Applicants - January 2
Regular Decision Applicants - February 3
International freshmen applicants are eligible to apply for all Vanderbilt merit-based scholarships offered at Vanderbilt. To be considered for merit-based scholarships, complete the appropriate applications online. Students should be aware that merit-based scholarships are awarded only to a select few of our most exceptional applicants each year.
Additional information regarding International Students at Vanderbilt may be found here.