Caltech offers admission to students on the basis of academic and personal strengths as well as expertise. Additionally, Caltech is committed to meeting the full proved financial need of all admitted students. For U.S. citizens (including dual citizens) and U.S. Permanent Residents, Caltech is need-blind, so the admissions decisions do not take into consideration the student’s ability to afford the cost of a Caltech education. For international students, however, Caltech is need-based, because the total amount of financial aid funds is limited for these students, and we stay dedicated to meeting the signified need of all admitted students. This restriction may result in financial need being a factor in the Institute’s admissions decisions for international applicants who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
To be eligible for scholarship candidate must fulfill the below criteria:
An international citizen who plans to apply for financial aid at any time during his/her undergraduate career here must apply for it at the time that he/she applies for admission. An international citizen who does not receive assistance for his/her first year at Caltech is not eligible for aid for any other academic period during his/her undergraduate career. Exceptions may be made for citizens of Canada and Mexico.
An international citizen who applies for financial support and is granted financial assistance for the first year will be eligible to reapply for financial aid in subsequent years.
An international citizen who applies as a freshman candidate through the Early Action plan should not anticipate financial aid.
If you are an international citizen who plans to apply for financial aid, you must apply through Regular Decision.
Financial support is not available for international transfer or 3/2 applicants. International students who apply and are granted transfer admission or admission through the 3/2 program should anticipate covering the full cost of attendance to Caltech without any assistance from the Institute.