Paying for Rochester

To be eligible for a United States visa, international applicants are required to demonstrate the financial means to attend the University of Rochester by submitting the International Financial Support (IFS) Form and bank statements. To be eligible for admission, demonstrated funds must cover the estimated cost of one full year of attendance. Canadian and Mexican citizens may apply for need-based financial aid, but must demonstrate their ability to pay the difference between the total cost of attendance and the financial aid package. For more information, click here.

Acceptable Documents

Sources of funding are listed on the International Financial Support Form and are accompanied by the following types of documents:

  • An original bank statement no older than six months, on official bank letterhead, stamped or signed by a bank official, and showing the required amount in liquidity. (Note: If your sponsor is not a parent or legal guardian, the statement should be submitted with an affidavit of support.)
  • Original copy of scholarship letter from sponsoring organization indicating dates, amounts, and terms of sponsorship.


Every applicant, regardless of citizenship, can compete for a merit scholarship. Most scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000 and are awarded based on a variety of factors, including:

  • GPA (grade point average).
  • Rigor of the secondary school curriculum (i.e. taking honors, advanced, IB, or A-level courses).
  • Depth and range of extra-curricular activities.
  • Standardized test scores (SAT-I or SAT-II, ACT, AP, IB).
  • The geographic, cultural, and socio-economic perspective of the applicant.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the University of Rochester.

Read this blog post on scholarships written by Dean of Admissions Jonathan Burdick.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

  • Video Highlight
  • Oswald
    Student Profile: Renaissance Scholar