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Incoming International Student - Scholarship & Aid

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Two types of financial assistance are available for incoming international students: scholarships based on academic achievement and need-based financial aid. Students should plan to be responsible for the majority of educational expenses, since awards are competitive and usually cover less than half of the cost of attendance.

See transfer scholarships for details

  • Amount varies from $2,000 to $41,570
  • College Board CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is required 
  • Enter TCU’s PROFILE Code 6820
  • The College Board will forward results directly to TCU
  • Deadline to submit CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online to the College Board for the fall semester is February 1 for first-year students, April 15 for transfers
    • Deadline to submit CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online to the College Board for the spring semester is October 1

Applicants requiring visas must demonstrate the ability to pay for their educational and living costs by submitting a TCU Financial Statement.

The statement requires signatures of the applicant and his or her sponsor, along with letters from the sponsor’s employer and bank. Supporting documents must indicate the sponsor’s average monthly balance for the past year and the current balance. Documents must verify that the sponsor has sufficient funds currently in his or her bank account to cover an entire year of expenses and sufficient resources for all following years. The Financial Statement, along with a non-refundable enrollment fee, must be submitted before an I-20 or IAP-66 (needed to obtain a visa) will be issued.

Students may apply for campus jobs after enrolling in TCU. During the school year, students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus, although most work 10-15 hours. Full-time (about 40 hours per week) campus employment is allowed during the summer and when classes are not in session. Since there is no guarantee of employment, students should not rely on this income to cover basic expenses. Off-campus employment is not permitted for students on F-1 or J-1 visas.

A payment plan is available.


More Financial Aid Options

In addition to scholarships, grants, work-study and loans can help you pay for college.

Explore Aid Options


  • TCU does not offer “full funding” awards
  • Students with less than $21,000 per year in personal resources will not be admitted to TCU
  • Average financial aid package is $25,000 per year, maximum is $51,570 (scholarships and financial aid combined)
  • Maximum award for students not eligible for academic scholarships is $41,570
  • Total cost of attendance for 2020-2021 is $72,080
  • A full breakdown of costs is available on the Cost and Aid page