International Center Financial Questions
FINANCING YOUR WABASH EDUCATION
Wabash College has a long tradition of welcoming international students to its campus. Because the cost of an American education may be prohibitively high for many students, we encourage you to first explore all options for financing your education from personal funds and outside sources before applying for aid from Wabash.
All students, including international, are eligible to compete for Wabash College merit-based scholarships. Each year, a limited number of merit-based and need-based awards are available. Applicants for financial assistance must have a complete file (see checklist) on record by February 1 and present outstanding academic records, high standardized test scores, and strong letters of recommendation. Since the number of scholarships is limited and our applicant pool is large and talented, only few of the qualified applicants will be offered an award. These awards are won through competition and are renewable for four years provided the student maintains standard academic progress.
Need-based awards are also available; however, NO AWARD PACKAGE WILL COVER ALL EXPENSES. Students are expected to provide complete financial information (i.e. savings, investments, salaries, etc.), so Wabash can best assess their financial needs. A typical need-based financial aid package may consist of a combination of campus employment, loans and a very limited number of grants in addition to merit-based scholarships that may be awarded.
International students must be aware that travel expenses, summer and vacation maintenance, and personal expenses will not be covered by any aid award. In order to be considered for admission and financial assistance, all applicants must be able to document the ability to provide for expenses not covered by even our best awards.
To qualify for need-based or merit-based awards, a student must have a complete file on record at Wabash (see checklist) no later than February 1.
Additional information about yearly costs and scholarships as well as sources of outside funding can be found at http://www.wabash.edu/finaid/students
APPROPRIATE FAMILY FINANCIAL DOCUMENTATION
United States government regulations require that a student visa holder must demonstrate that "you are financially able to support yourself for the entire period of stay in the United States while pursuing a full course of study. You are required to attach documentary evidence of means of support."
For students applying to study at Wabash College, this regulation means that prior to issuance of a visa eligibility document (I-20 or DS-2019) the student applicant must supply to the Office of International Students original documents that demonstrate the above. Students should refer to the Wabash full cost estimate when preparing the proper documents for submission. Although academic credentials are foremost in the consideration of any applicant's entrance, it is the prospective student's responsibility to prove financial capability.
Privately funded (family or personal funds) students should provide two original documents: (1) a certified bank statement or letter showing that sufficient funds exist to meet at least the first year's expenses, (2) evidence that a source of funding sufficient for the cost of a Wabash education is available for the duration of the entire period of study and (3) a letter of support from the person(s) who control the above funds stating that the funds are available for the educational costs of the student at Wabash College.
Students who have educational or governmental sponsors should provide the same type of original documentation. A determination will be made by the Director of International Students as to the appropriateness of the funding. Once the director has determined that funding is sufficient, the appropriate visa eligibility document will be issued and ordinarily included in the admission packet. Students transferring from within the United States should contact the International Office; please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the required Wabash Financial Documentation Form