International Admission

Scholarship Opportunities

Merit Scholarships

Hofstra offers generous merit scholarships to international students automatically upon acceptance. You will be able to find your merit scholarship award on your acceptance letter if you have qualified. Please note that international merit scholarship awards differ from domestic.

First Year:

Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores must have the equivalent of a GPA average of at least a 3.5 to qualify for awards. 

Examples of award criteria include

  • Presidential scholarship: $25,000-$26,000 per year (typically offered to over 25% of admitted students)
  • Provost Scholarship: $24,000-$25,000 per year (typically offered to over 32% of admitted students)
  • Dean’s Scholarship: $8,500-$21,500 per year (typically offered to over 50% of admitted students)


Scholarship award breakdown for fall 2021 full-time enrollment by GPA at time of application:

  • Students with a GPA of 3.9 or above typically receive an award ranging from $17,000-$17,500 per year.
  • Students with a GPA of 3.4-3.89 typically receive an award ranging from $16,000-$18,000 per year.
  • Students with a GPA of 3.0-3.39 typically receive an award of $12,500-$14,500 per year.
  • Students with a GPA below a 3.0 are considered for scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

Please note, Hofstra does not offer full ride scholarship opportunities to international students. The amount of scholarship offered to international students is subject to the final decision by the Committee based on a holistic review of the application.

Need-based financial aid is also unfortunately unavailable to international students at Hofstra. However, if you would like to supplement merit scholarships with additional scholarship funds, please use the following links to apply for additional external scholarships.

Explore external funding sources

Please use the below links as a starting point for researching external (outside of Hofstra) scholarship opportunities. Make sure resources are legitimate (especially those in the search engines) before sharing personal information. These awards are competitive so we recommend applying to as many as possible and as early as possible for maximum consideration.

You can start by contacting an EducationUSA overseas advising center near you to learn more about opportunities.

Other resources to explore:
eduPASS—Learn about your options for financial aid, and search for scholarships on the eduPASS database.

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)—Search for scholarships and grants that specifically seek to support international study.

International Scholarship search engine - A search engine for international scholarship opportunities

International Student scholarships - Searchable database by major and country of international scholarship opportunities as well as other resources for international students

MacArthur Foundation—Apply for grants and fellowships, including awards specifically intended for international study.

NAFSA—Apply for scholarships specifically for international undergraduate students.

Organization of American States (OAS) Rowe Fund—Interest-free loans provided to citizens of Latin America and Caribbean OAS member states.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship-This scholarship is available for women in graduate programs (any major).