International Step by Step

Step-by-step instructions
for prospective international students
applying for financial aid at Wellesley

These instructions are for prospective applicants who are non-US citizens or permanent residents. Prospective Canadians click here for step-by-step instructions. Current international students are not required to reapply for financial aid. 

Financial aid is limited for international citizens. The College's purpose is to support highly qualified candidates who could not otherwise attend. For more information regarding financial aid for international applicants, see the Admission-International Students FAQ web page. 

1. Gather your documents

3. Income Documentation

Step 1. Gather your documents

If you gather the documents you'll need and have them handy, completing the required forms should be pretty straightforward.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to call our office at 781-283-2360. We're  eager to help.

* pdf of Documents You'll Need 
Statement of income translated copy of parents' most recent tax return (including U.S. tax return, if applicable) or statement of earning from employer
Records of untaxed income such as child support received, interest income,
support from family members, etc.
Asset information bank statements, investments (stocks, bonds, etc.), home equity, other real estate equity, and business/farm assets.


Step 2. Complete and submit the CSS PROFILE


* pdf of CSS PROFILE instructions

Purpose The CSS (College Scholarship Service) PROFILE, a form distributed by the College Board, allows students to apply for financial aid at over 600 colleges and universities, including Wellesley. The CSS PROFILE allows us to calculate eligibility for Wellesley need-based programs.
Who must file 

Anyone who wishes to apply for need-based financial aid.

If your parents are divorced or separated, your custodial parent (the parent who provided more than 50% of your support during the preceding year) completes the CSS PROFILE.  Your noncustodial parent should complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.
Filing date The CSS PROFILE is available after October 1. Please be sure to complete the form by the applicable deadline. See prospective international student deadlines.
Filing fee CSS charges a fee for processing the PROFILE. The registration fee is $9 plus an application fee of $16 per college. 
Wellesley CSS # The CSS code  for Wellesley College is 3957. You will be asked to list the colleges and universities who should receive your PROFILE data, which should include Wellesley.
How to complete 

Complete this form using actual or estimated income. Submit at

Note International students should report all figures using the currency in which you receive the majority of your family's income. All data will be converted into US dollars when submitted to colleges. 


Step 3. Provide Income Documentation


*pdf of Income Documentation Instructions for International Students

Purpose Wellesley College collects your family's income information and other documents to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid.
Who must file Anyone who wishes to apply for financial aid.  
Required documents Translated copy of parents' most recent tax return (U.S. Federal, if applicable, or translated foreign return) or a translated statement of earnings from employer.  All tax returns must be signed by your parents and must include all statements, schedules, and pages.  Please include business taxes, if applicable. 
Filing date Please be sure to complete and submit these forms by the applicable deadline. See prospective international student deadlines.

Mail the above documents as a packet to:

Student Financial Services
Schneider Hall 1st Floor
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Additions and exceptions Divorced or separated parents. Both your custodial and noncustodial parents (including stepparents) are expected to supply the required documents. 
Non-tax filers. If the parent does not earn income, he or she should complete an international parent non-filer's statement



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