Stanford University offers a number of different scholarships to new and continuing students. One of the best ways to find scholarships for Stanford is to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. Many of the scholarships that are available through this university are based on the FAFSA results. In addition, the FAFSA will quickly tell students whether they have qualified for any federal or state scholarships. In addition to completing the FAFSA, Stanford students may want to check out these school specific awards:
International Student Scholarships: When applying to the university, any international student who may need financial aid should indicate this on his or her Stanford Admission’s application. If a student fails to do this at the time of application, he or she may not be considered for funding. Financial aid for international students is limited and it is based largely on the income of the student’s family. Student’s who come from families who earn less than $64,000 usually receive more than $60,000 in scholarship funding. As income increases, the amount of the scholarship decreases. Additional information about these scholarships can be found at this website.
Undergraduate Scholarships:Stanford University adheres to a need-blind admission procedure, which means that it agrees to cover the unmet tuition for all students who are admitted. This means that applicants who are deemed worthy enough to be admitted to Stanford are guaranteed to receive tuition coverage, through some type of combination of loans, scholarships, and other support. This may come in the form of merit-based scholarships, need-based awards, or athletic scholarships. Additionally, some students have a higher amount of parental contribution than others, depending on their family income. The application deadline for continuing students is April 30th. For new students, all financial aid applications must be received by one of the following three deadlines, depending on the applicant type: March 15th for transfer admission, February 15th for regular decision, or November 15th for restrictive early action. Additional information about these awards is available here.
University Scholarships: Students are automatically considered for scholarships that are offered through Stanford. As such, there is no need to complete a separate application. The majority of these scholarships are available through the generous support of corporations and individuals, who have made financial contributions to the university. These scholarships are given out to students based only on the student’s level of financial need. This level of financial need is determined by a form that students complete, which is known as their CSS Profile. In short, the expected parental contribution, the expected student contribution, and the sum of all other grants and scholarships are added. This total amount is subtracted from the actual cost of attending the university. The University Scholarship then covers the gap between the expected contribution and the actual cost of attendance. Additional information about this scholarship can be found on Stanford’s Financial Aid website.
In addition, the university also has a list of outside scholarships and student employment opportunities where students can seek additional funding.