What is the definition of an "international student" at Bryn Mawr?
An international student at Bryn Mawr is defined as a non-US citizen whose immigration status requires the student to obtain a visa to study in the United States. An important distinction is that international students may be awarded institutional financial aid but are not eligible for federal financial aid.
I am a U.S. permanent resident. Am I an international student?
No. Although U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) are non-US citizens, they have a special legal status which makes them eligible for federal financial aid and they do not need student visas. For this reason, U.S. permanent residents are not considered international students at Bryn Mawr.
I am a U.S. citizen but live overseas. Am I an international student?
No. The country in which you reside is not a factor. If you have U.S. citizenship or are a U.S. permanent resident, you are not considered an international student.
Is Bryn Mawr need-blind?
Bryn Mawr is need-sensitive with respect to admission. This means that the amount of aid a student requests of the College may affect the admissions decision. This is because Bryn Mawr has allocated a finite pool of resources, yet is also committed to meeting full demonstrated need for all admitted students.
Can I apply for financial aid after I am admitted and enrolled?
No, an international student must declare intent to apply for financial aid on the Common Application at the time she applies for admission. The student must also submit the financial aid application and supporting documents by the stated deadline. If the student does not request financial aid when applying for admission, the student is not eligible to request it at any time in the future while at Bryn Mawr.
Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes. Bryn Mawr College awards need-based financial aid to international students which may consist of grants, loans, and campus employment. The College meets the full demonstrated need for all admitted students and there is a great deal of competition for these funds. Learn more here.
Iran residents cannot complete the Profile and should instead use the International Financial Aid Application. Please fax 001-610-526-5249 or email as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What type of financial aid assistance does Bryn Mawr offer?
Bryn Mawr offers need-based assistance. Need-based aid eligibility is the difference between the total cost for a year at Bryn Mawr and the total resources the student and family are able to contribute.
Need-based aid packages may include grants, loans, and employment. A grant does not have to be repaid or earned. Funding for grants is provided by the College through its endowment, alumnae benefactors, operating funds, and federal and state grant programs. An on-campus job, funded by College resources, may help meet approximately $2,000 of need.
How do I apply for Bryn Mawr’s need-based financial aid assistance and what are the deadlines?
Students must submit the CSS Profile, tax and income documentation Both parent households must submit a CSS Profile if divorced, separated, or never married. Additional information will be required if your family has a business or a trust. Visit our website for up-to-date application instructions and deadlines: https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/undergraduate-applicants/international-applicants
Will my family qualify?
Each application is reviewed carefully. Families will complete the CSS Profile using personal income tax data from two years prior. The factors which have the greatest impact on the family contribution are income and assets, size of family, and the number of children enrolled in undergraduate education.
How is my family contribution calculated?
Eligibility is determined through an analysis of income, asset and tax information submitted on the CSS Profile. Each student’s eligibility is determined by a thorough review of the family’s financial information. Your family contribution is calculated in U.S. Dollars and will remain constant each year if you are continuously enrolled.
Will I receive my International Grant all four years at Bryn Mawr?
An International Grant is assured for each of your four years at Bryn Mawr. Annual increases will be based solely on any increases in tuition and fees set by the Board of Trustees.
Can international students work on campus?
International students can work on campus once proper documentation for working in the United States has been submitted to Human Resources. Please contact International Services and Advising for additional assistance.
Priority is given to students who awarded need-based financial aid as part of their financial aid packaged. Students’ maximum earning potential is contingent on availability of jobs and scheduling.
When will I receive my financial aid award?
Financial aid award notifications are announced simultaneously with admission decisions for students whose financial aid applications are complete by our deadlines. To ensure full aid consideration, please apply on time.
Can I appeal my financial aid decision?
International grant funds are limited, and we will not increase institutional funds in future years should your family financial circumstances change.
What happens if I receive an Outside Scholarship?
Outside scholarships and grants received after the student’s award notification will not replace the family contribution. Instead, the scholarship or grant will replace Bryn Mawr financial aid: First, the loan expectation, then student employment and then grant assistance.
Are fee waivers available for the Profile?The College Board does not offer Profile fee waivers to international students. Bryn Mawr College purchases a limited number of Fee Payment Codes every year for international students from certain countries. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
What happens if my citizenship status changes?
Should your status as an International student change to U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid. You will be required to re-apply for financial aid as a domestic student. You can expect a change in the structure of your financial aid award.
Is health insurance required?
Bryn Mawr College requires all undergraduate international students (Non-US citizens or Permanent Residents) to enroll in the International Student Health Insurance Plan offered through the College and administered by Collegiate Insurance Resources (CIR).
How does U.S. Federal Taxation affect financial aid?
Scholarships given to students who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes in excess of tuition and fees will be taxed U.S. federal income tax at the rate of 14% unless the student is eligible for and has elected a tax treaty exemption. The tax will appear on the student’s account by November for the fall semester and by April for the spring semester.
Fellowships given to students who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes will be taxed U.S. federal income tax at the rate of 14% unless the student is eligible for and has elected a tax treaty exemption. The tax will appear on the student’s account at the beginning of each month in which they receive fellowship.
Awards given to students who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes are taxed at 30% and tax treaties are not applicable. The tax will appear on the student’s account at the beginning of each month in which they receive an award.
During summer orientation week, international students are provided information and offered help with taxation. For questions, please email the International Student and Scholar Services and Advising Office: firstname.lastname@example.org, call (610) 526–7390 or visit:www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/international.
Is there assistance provided to students who require immigration documentation?
Once you have been admitted to the college, and you have enrolled (paid your deposit), International Services and Advising will assist you with obtaining the necessary immigration documents and student visa to arrive in the United States.