Page last updated on January 21, 2017
The goal of the admission program is to enroll a diverse student body that exemplifies the core values of Pitzer, and when brought together in Claremont, our students will inspire and challenge one another, and begin the work of changing the world. Embedded in this goal is educating our students to work and live in a global community, and enrolling students from all over the world enhances and enriches the curriculum. Pitzer College offers financial aid to international applicants who require financial assistance in order to attend.
Due to limited financial resources, Pitzer will only be able to offer financial aid to a small number of international students. It is important to know that Pitzer takes financial need into consideration for international applicants during the admission process and it is a highly selective process. However, if admitted, the financial aid award will meet the student’s full demonstrated need in the form of scholarship assistance and/or institutional work study. International students who are admitted and indicate that they are not seeking financial aid are not eligible to apply for financial aid at any time during their enrollment at Pitzer College. If a significant life event were to occur while an international student is enrolled at Pitzer, limiting the family’s ability to contribute to college costs, the student would have the opportunity to appeal for financial assistance. However financial aid availability cannot be guaranteed. We strongly encourage all international students who require financial aid to attend Pitzer apply for financial aid at the time of admission.
Applying for Financial Aid
All international applicants who require financial aid to attend Pitzer must indicate on the Common Application that they are seeking financial aid. All international students, regardless of whether they are seeking financial aid, must submit an International Student Certification of Finances to the Office of Admission.
Students who are applying for financial aid must also complete the CSS Profile online by the published deadlines. At this time Pitzer College is unable to provide a fee waiver for the CSS Profile.
Students must submit a translated copy of their parents’ most recent tax return and wage statements to the Financial Aid Office by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 1 for Early Decision II/Regular Decision Applicants.
Merit Aid for International Students
International students who apply for admission will be considered for Pitzer’s merit-based Trustee Scholarship. The Trustee Scholarship is a $5,000 annual scholarship that is renewed for up to four years as long as the student continues to meet satisfactory academic progress and is enrolled at least half-time. International students who do not apply for financial aid will still be considered for a merit scholarship.
International Student Employment
International students are able to work on campus once they have been issued a social security number. International students will work with the international student advisor to apply and receive a social security number. All campus jobs that are available are posted online through the Claremont CONNECT job board, administered by the Career Services Office. Students who have applied for financial aid and have been awarded a need based institutional work study award will be able to apply for jobs that have been designated for students with financial aid.
Student Loans for International Students
International students are not eligible for federal loans or institutional loans. However, international students may choose to consider private educational loans to help finance the cost of college. International students who wish to borrow a private loan will need to have a creditworthy co-borrower who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to qualify for these loan programs.