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! 

Merit Based Scholarships

Consideration for academic scholarships, which range up to $24,000 per year (Winter 2019 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.

International Scholarship & Aid

Need Based Aid

International students requiring financial aid can apply for need based aid on their International Student Declaration of Finance form. Total Alma aid, inclusive of merit and need based assistance, will not exceed a total of $30,000. 

Additional Scholarships

For more information on fine and performing arts scholarships, please visit the Performance Scholarships page.

  • Consideration is based on an audition or portfolio, which can be submitted electronically. Recipients are not required to major in fine and/or performing arts.

International students can also qualify for referral and alumni scholarships.

2019- 2020 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


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 amounts indicated for books and supplies and personal expenses are estimates.

***Degree-seeking students are required to complete two Spring Terms (May) during their four years. Spring Term board (only) is $600.

*Per the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as of 12 a.m. EDT on June 24, 2019, the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee for F and M international students has increased from $200 to $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, has increased from $180 to $220.