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Tuition & Aid

Tulane offers both merit- and need-based aid programs. All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships, and the review process is need-blind. Several need-based aid awards and programs are also available through our Office of Financial Aid. Though those need-based aid awards are usually reserved for U.S. Citizens and Residents, they do have a section for international students with more resources.

If you are an incoming freshman, international student, you are considered for all merit-based scholarships, independent of your ability to pay for tuition. These are usually partial scholarships given because of your grades and standardized test results (ACT/SAT) and range from $10,000 to $32,000 per year. The majority of merit scholarships are renewable for 4 years (or 5 years for architecture students), provided the student maintains good standing with the university, a full-time course load, and a designated minimum GPA. If you are a transfer student, or a graduate student, please check with your specific departments or financial aid advisors.

Tulane University also offers four additional merit scholarships that have their own application and require supplemental materials. They are categorized as followed: full-tuition, total-cost and partial scholarships. Please click on each link to find out more about these scholarships and how to apply.

Full-tuition scholarships

These are merit scholarships which cover the Tulane Undergraduate tuition. This does not include the cost of room & board, university and student fees, books or any other materials you will need.

  • Deans' Honor Scholarship approximately 75 scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen students.
  • Paul Tulane Award approximately 50 scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen students.

Total-cost Scholarship

This merit scholarship is Tulane’s most prestigious merit award. It covers total cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room & board, books, etc.), in addition to an enrichment fund to support endeavors such as study abroad, undergraduate research, academic or co-curricular conferences and unpaid internships.

Stamps Leadership Award approximately 5 scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshmen students.

Partial Scholarships

These scholarships are $10,000 to $20,000 awards, which can be combined with other merit scholarships.

Community Service Fellowship approximately 15 fellowships are awarded each year. This fellowship also requires you to complete yearly community service hours, as well as other requirements.

As an international student, you are also eligible to apply for Tulane’s International Student Financial Aid. Tulane offers up to $20,000 in need-based financial aid to international students who qualify and who have not already been awarded that amount or more in merit scholarships. Students must reapply for need based aid every year.

Additionally, you may compete for two, international student specific, merit awards: the Global Scholarship and the Brandt Dixon Scholarship. Here’s some information about the awards, but for a full list of requirements and how to apply, visit the International Student Financial Aid page.

Global Scholarship

This is a partial or full-tuition award that is renewable for 4 years (5 years for students in the 5-year Architecture program). Recipients of this award are international students with outstanding academic records.

Brandt Dixon Scholarship

This is a partial or full-cost award renewable for 4 years. It is awarded to one or more Latin American women pursuing studies in Liberal Arts.

Aside from these merit and need-based awards, there are a handful of scholarship offered by various departments at Tulane University. Depending on your skills, whether athletic or musical to name a few, you may be eligible to apply and compete for these awards. These awards are:

Some of you may have already been recruited by Tulane Athletics to join the Varsity Sports life at Tulane. If so, you may be already receiving financial aid through Tulane Athletics. If you are unsure, please contact your coach.

International/Undocumented Emergency Student Fund

The purpose of the International and Undocumented Student Emergency Fund is to provide emergency assistance to a limited number of students per academic year. Funds will be used for items such as books, classes, health care, housing, self-care, transportation, legal needs. Any remaining funds will be used to respond to unforeseen financial hardships/emergencies for this population of students, such as parental job loss, currency devaluation, medical conditions, etc.

Funds will generally be given as one time awards and award decisions will be made based on the applicant’s individual situation. Amounts awarded are subject to availability of funds per year and the applicant may not receive the total amount requested.


This is just a comprehensive guide to financial aid at Tulane University for incoming freshmen. All of this information, and more, can be found on the Tulane University Undergraduate Admissions, Tuition & Aid page:


Additional Resources for International Students