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April 14, 2018

Can International Student Apply for Aid AFTER Acceptance?

Question: I'm an international applicant admitted to Dartmouth, and I withdrew my aid application about 10 days before the decisions. If I mail the college asking for aid now, is there a chance that my admission could be reconsidered?

Dartmouth expects students who are seeking aid to apply for it (and to demonstrate financial need) at the time that they are applying for admission. Like the majority of institutions, Dartmouth is “need aware" for international students, meaning that a candidate's financial requirements are considered when the application is evaluated. Therefore, students like you, who applied as “no need" would be viewed through a different lens than those with financial need. Thus, when a student is admitted as “no need" to a “need aware" institution and then seeks aid after an acceptance, he or she should have a very good explanation of brand-new financial circumstances.


You will not lose your place at Dartmouth by simply asking for money, but you're probably not going to get it either unless you provide clear-cut examples of change (e.g., a parent died, became seriously ill or lost a job) or you have some other big reason to justify this late request. However, the fact that you initially did apply for financial aid and then withdrew your aid application just before you were notified of your acceptance might work in your favor. Given this timeline, the chances are decent that you had already been admitted despite your financial need. That's something you'll have to discuss with Dartmouth. It's worth a try. But do keep in mind that, if you tell Dartmouth, “I definitely can't enroll if you don't give me some money," then they may tell you that you won't be enrolling!

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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