Financial Aid for International Students


847 College Ave.

Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-263-2322

Fax: 330-263-2621

International students applying to The College of Wooster can be considered for both merit and need-based awards.  Funding is awarded as the "Wooster International Scholarship" and ranges from $5,000 to full tuition, based on both merit and financial need.   The Wooster International Scholarship is renewable annually for each year the student is in good standing at the College (there is no minimum GPA for renewal).  The Scholarship does not need to be repaid.

Merit Based Scholarships

Both first-year and transfer international students are automatically considered for competitive, merit-based scholarships.  Merit scholarships range from $5,000/year to $30,000/year and are based on academic talent, contributions to the high school and local community, personal essay, and recommendation letters.

Students are encouraged to interview with a Wooster representative in order to share more about their high school activities and accomplishments.  Interviews are offered online via our web portal throughout the year, in-person in select cities, and during our International Interview Day (information coming soon). We also accept interviews through InitialView and Vericant. Interviews are not required for merit scholarship consideration, but are encouraged when possible.

Need Based Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial aid, international students must submit the international student financial aid application (.pdf) and the certificate of finances (.pdf). It's important that you fill out this document accurately and completely. Incorrect or incomplete information can negatively affect your offer of admission. Need-based aid is competitive, and the maximum financial aid package at the College of Wooster for international students covers full tuition.

Students who are awarded Need-Based financial aid will have that amount included in their Wooster International Scholarship at the time of admission.

Working on Campus

International students are allowed to work on campus, and many of our students do engage in on-campus employment. Most student jobs pay U.S. $8.30/hour. Under U.S. immigration law, international students can only work up to 20 hours/week while classes are in session and up to 40 hours/week during breaks.

Your campus employment is not automatically credited to your student account.  Rather, when you begin your campus job, you may choose to have your earnings given to you in a check or applied directly to your tuition for the following semester.  We will discuss on-campus employment at international orientation.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Model UN Leadership Award

The Model UN Leadership Award, valued at $2,000 annually, recognizes first-year applicants who demonstrate leadership and growth through their high school Model UN experiences and intend to continue to do so at Wooster. Award recipients will be expected to join Wooster’s Model UN, which is consistently recognized for its award-winning success at two national conferences. The application and requirements are available here. Applicants must complete the Application for Admission and the Model UN Leadership Award Application by their preferred deadline: November 15, 2020, for notification by December 31; or January 1, 2021, for notification by April 1.

Performing Arts Scholarship

The competitive Performing Arts Scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, are made to students on the basis of accomplishment and promise in music, theatre/dance, or Scottish Arts. Students receiving the award need not major in the area, but are required to participate in various programs throughout their time at Wooster. Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 15, 2020.  A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2021. More information on each individual scholarship and the corresponding application forms are available here:

Music Scholarship

Scottish Arts Scholarship (Pipes, Dancing, or Drumming)

Theatre & Dance Scholarship

Guo Bingwen Wooster-China Friendship Grant

The College of Wooster, which has welcomed Chinese students to campus for over 100 years, recognizes that the Wooster connection with Chinese students and scholars holds even more significance in these tumultuous times.  In appreciation of how Chinese students enhance the educational experience for all in our community, The College of Wooster has established the Guo Bingwen Wooster-China Friendship Grant, which offers recipients a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year for four years). 

The Guo Grant is named after Chinese alumnus Dr. Bingwen Guo (Ping-Wen Kuo), who graduated from Wooster in 1911.  Dr. Guo went on to earn his Ph.D. from Columbia University and became founder and president of National Southeast University in Nanjing in 1921.  Devoting his life to education and the idea of the liberal arts, Dr. Guo sought to balance a well-rounded education with a specialized one, with a focus on international learning.

Recipients of this award will uphold Dr. Guo’s passion for a liberal arts education.  Like Dr. Guo, they are encouraged to participate in on-campus activities, such as one of our 120 students clubs or organizations, and to take advantage of opportunities like the Chinese Student & Scholars Association and the International Culture Week to share Chinese culture with the campus community.  No additional application is necessary; students holding Chinese citizenship will be considered for this award on the basis of their involvement in their high school and local community.

Funding for Experiential Learning

Wooster provides a unique opportunity for students to receive fellowships to take advantage of research and internship opportunities, both in the U.S. and abroad, and even start their own business. Please click on the following to learn more: APEX Fellowships, Copeland funding, and Launch Club.