Admissions & Aid

International Student Costs

Alma College offers generous financial assistance for international students. Merit scholarship and need-based aid decisions are made at the time of admission — no need for a separate application! 

International Merit Scholarships

Consideration for academic scholarships, which range up to $32,000 per year (Fall 2023 and later), is based on documentation provided as part of the application process. Grade point averages are converted to a U.S. 4.0 scale.

Scholarship Amount
<3.00 $23,000/year
3.0 - 3.24 $24,000/year
3.25 - 3.49 $26,000/year
3.50 - 3.74 $28,000/year
3.75 - 3.99 $30,000/year
4.00 + $32,000/year

Alma Mission Award

This award is given to students primarily based on information disclosed during the application and financial aid process. It is intended for students of backgrounds and communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, those with disabilities, geographic location, active military individuals, and dependents of military individuals. The Alma Mission Award is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office staff.

Need Based Aid

In addition to your generous Alma scholarships, we’ll consider your family’s financial situation to determine qualification for need-based financial aid from Alma College.  Please reach out to your admissions representative to receive and complete the International Student Application for Need Based Assistance.

Other Available Scholarships and Opportunities

Early Action Scholarship  
$1,000 —Complete your application process (submit application and transcript) by December 1, 2022 to receive this renewable scholarship.  
Need-Based Application Scholarship  
$1,000 —Given to every student who completes their International student Application for Need Based Assistance for the Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 academic year at Alma College.
Legacy Scholarship  
$1,500 — If your parent, grandparent or sibling graduated from Alma College, you automatically qualify for this renewable scholarship
Performance and Fine Arts Scholarship  
$1,500 — Awarded annually to students accomplished in art, dance, music or theatre, regardless of intended major or minor. Audition or portfolio required.
Scottish Hospitality (Visit) Scholarship
$1,000 — We can’t wait to meet you! We understand that getting to campus for an in-person visit may be challenging, so we will work with you on creating a virtual visit to Alma.  To schedule a virtual visit, please reach out to  Just by visiting virtually, you’ll earn a $1,000 scholarship.  For more information, visit

2023-2024 Academic Year Costs

When determining the total cost of attendance, all anticipated costs have been included based on the current year’s cost information. All costs are determined annually by the Alma College Board of Trustees, and will be reflected in this site once they are available.

Tuition & Fees (13 - 18 credits)


Room and Board (double room)




Estimated Health Insurance


Estimated Travel Cost


Books and Supplies**


Personal Expenses**


Estimated Spring Term Costs***


Subtotal Alma Institutional Cost


*Only applicable to incoming first-year students.

**The amounts indicated for books, supplies, and personal expenses are estimates. 

Other Estimated Costs

Airfare, F-1/J-1 visa, SEVIS I-901 fees are separate. Alma College student health insurance is required. 

*The I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee for F and M international students is $350. The full I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors, excluding visitors in the au pair, camp counselor, and summer work or travel program participant categories is $220.

***Degree-seeking students are required to complete two Spring Terms (May) during their four years. Spring Term board (only) is $730.