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.

Priority consideration is given to those who complete their application and financial aid forms by January 15. We will continue to accept applications, however, as long as there are openings in the class.

International Scholarships and Financial Aid

International Scholarships

Lawrence is 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 the Lawrence International Financial Aid Application/Certification of Finance Form
  • Within 24 hours of submitting your application for admission, you will receive an "Application Celebration" email with login and password information for your online application status portal. When logging in, the financial aid/certification of finance form will be available on your application checklist. You must complete the financial aid forms no later than five days after the application deadline.
  • All international applicants must complete this form, regardless of their interest in applying for financial aid.
2. Provide supporting financial documents (can be uploaded to your financial aid/certification of finance form)
  • 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
  • Any combination of the above. (If you have further documentation beyond any of these which may help us make a proper assessment, we welcome the opportunity to review it.)

We 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 issue a letter of acceptance and related admissions information, including SEVIS ID  number for your I-20 (Certification of Eligibility) form or a DS-2019 (for J-1 exchange students and scholars). 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).

International Student Enrollment Sheet (PDF)

Undocumented Students

Undocumented students are awarded financial aid in similar fashion to US citizens in regard to Lawrence University scholarships and grants. If this applies to you, please submit the following:

  1. The CSS ProfileLawrence University's CSS PROFILE code: 1398
  2. Parent 2014 tax return and Parent W-2 Form (if applicable) : Note: Lawrence does not receive documents through the College Board IDOC service. Tax documents should be emailed, faxed or mailed directly to the Financial Aid Office.

Standardized test scores

If your first language is English, you are welcome but not required to submit your ACT or SAT results.

If you have been in the United States, and have enrolled in an academic program in which your instruction has been entirely in English for more than eight years, you are welcome but not required to submit your standardized test results.

If you have been in the United States, and have enrolled in an academic program in which your instruction has been entirely in English for less than eight years, please submit one of the following: TOEFL, ACT, SAT, IELTS or A level scores.


Application Checklist



  • Lawrence International Student Financial Aid Application/Certification of Finance Form (see instructions for login information to the left)
  • 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)

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)

Students applying to our Conservatory of Music must also submit:

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

International students who have attended a college or university 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)

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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