Lawrence enrolls students who have challenged themselves in high school/secondary school, who express themselves well both orally and in writing, and who are imaginative, energetic, and willing to become active members of a learning community. Financial aid is available to international students at Lawrence. However, applicants are most competitive for admission if they can contribute $20,000 USD per academic year toward the cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance includes tuition, room, board, fees, books, and travel.

Application Deadlines

Options Deadline
Early Action I November 1
Early Action II December 1
Regular Decision January 15

If you are applying for financial aid and/or scholarships,  you must apply for financial aid/scholarships at the time of admission.

Since we have a limited number of vacancies and scholarships for international students, priority consideration is given to those who complete their application by January 15. We will continue to accept applications, however, as long as there are openings in the class. Please remember it is to your advantage to complete your application, including financial aid forms, before January 15.

International Scholarships and Financial Aid

International Scholarships

Lawrence is very committed to assisting international students financially, but funding is limited. Applicants are most competitive for admission if they can contribute $20,000 USD per academic year toward the cost of attendance. Scholarships vary in amounts from $5,000-$38,000 USD per year you are attending Lawrence University. Once you have been awarded your scholarship, you cannot lose it.

Last year, the average scholarship for international students was approximately $19,000 USD. The average financial aid award (which includes scholarships and employment), was approximately $22,000 USD.

You must apply for scholarships and/or financial aid alongside your application for admission. 

Types of International Aid

Merit-based scholarships:

Merit-based scholarships range between $5,000-$22,000 USD per year at Lawrence University. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate high academic achievement.

Need-based grants (scholarships):

Need-based grants are scholarships awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Grants range between $5,000-$38,000 USD per year at Lawrence University."

All international students must complete the appropriate steps below at the time of application. 

1. Complete International Student Financial Aid Forms or CollegeBoard ISFAF.

  • If you are not applying for financial aid, only the first page of this form and supporting documents are required.

International Financial Aid Forms

2. Supporting Financial Documents

Supporting documents could include (but are not limited to):

  • A bank statement signed by a bank official showing available funds
  • A letter or other documentation from an employer verifying income
  • Letter of financial support from sponsor program or loan agency

We do accept attested (copied and notarized) and/or faxed copies of financial documents. However, if you are admitted, we require that you mail us the original document(s) as well as an English translation. We reserve the right to request all originals at any stage in the admissions process.

You may email documents to

Admitted Students

When admission is granted, the admissions office will send a letter of acceptance and related admissions information, including an I-20 (Certification of Eligibility) form (or a DS-2019 for J-1 exchange students and scholars) to the student. The student should: (1) pay the $200 SEVIS fee, (2) make an appointment with the nearest US Consulate, (3) take the admission letter, the I-20 (or DS-2019) for J-1 students), a valid passport, and proof of financial support to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for an F-1 (student) visa (or J-1 visa for exchange students).

Undocumented Students

Undocumented students are treated as international students for financial aid purposes. They should submit a paper copy of the FAFSA (directly to us) and supporting tax forms as well as the LU financial aid forms. This allows us to calculate their need much like that of a domestic student. If the FAFSA will not work for them they should submit the ISFAF (international student financial aid forms) and supporting bank documents as listed above.

Test scores – are they required to send them?

If they have been in the US and in an academic program in which the medium for instruction is entirely English for more than eight years they are not required to submit a test score. If it has been less than eight years they must submit one of the following: TOEFL, ACT, SAT, IELTS or A level scores.

For further information please contact:

Application Checklist


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  • International Student Financial Aid Application OR just the Certification of Finance page if NOT applying for financial aid or scholarships.
    • CSS Profile and CollegeBoard ISFAF can be submitted instead.
  • Financial documents supporting financial aid and certification of finance forms. Examples of such documents: bank statement, income or wage report from employer, tax documents, sponsor letter.
  • English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS or SAT).
  • Interview
    • Required of all Chinese citizens
    • Strongly encouraged for everyone
    • Options: schedule a Skype interview with us, InitialView, or Vericant (for Chinese students only)
  • If applying as a transfer student from outside the US, you will need to include all of the above items and the following additional materials:
    • An official reviewed college transcript (
    • The transfer application (please identify yourself as a transfer student when creating a Common Application account)

From your school:

  • School Report from your secondary school counselor or other school official.
  • Official Secondary School Transcript
  • Midyear report (when midyear grades become available)
  • Final School Report (when final grades become available)
  • Teacher Evaluation (at least one)
  • National Exam score report or A and O level results (when applicable)

Requirements for students interested in the Conservatory of Music:

  • Audition (following Lawrence University Audition Requirements)
  • Music Teacher Recommendation/Evaluation
  • Music Resume

Standardized Test Requirements

An official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT report is required for all international students whose native language is not English, or whose previous instruction was not in English for a substantial portion of their education.

  1. TOEFL Requirements:
    1. Paper Based 577 out of 677
    2. Computer Based 233 out of 300
    3. Internet Based 90 out of 120
  2. IELTS Requirement: 6.5 out of 9 overall band score
  3. SAT Requirement: 550 out of 800 on Critical Reading
  4. ACT Requirement: 24 out of 36 on English/Writing

Students with scores lower than these figures tend to have historically proven to have a difficult time with the academic rigor of Lawrence. Lawrence's code for both the SAT and TOEFL is 1398.

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