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Scholarships and Costs

Financial Aid


International student scholarships are awarded to qualified international students based on academic achievement. Carthage international scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year and are renewable.

Need-Based Grants

International grants may be available, by application, to international students who require additional assistance. These grants require additional documentation. Students should plan to provide a significant portion of their own educational expenses. Please submit the following documentation to apply for an international grant:
Certification of Finances
Application for International Student Financial Assistance
To support your application, please submit additional documentation. This may include tax forms, bank statements, and parental employment verification.

2020-2021 Annual Tuition and Fees

Full-time tuition (including January Term) $31,500 (annual)
Mandatory Fees $0 (annual)
Residence Fee: Double room; 3,210  meal points (avg. 17 meals/week) $12,400 (annual)
Total Fees $43,900

Note: A student wishing to live off campus must still be able to provide evidence of financial support for the total cost of tuition, room, board and the estimated books and living expenses.

Estimated day-to-day living expenses: $1,500 (annual)
Estimated Books: $1,200 (annual)
Accident and Sickness Plan: Ranging from $1,103 to $1,642 (annual)*

* Please contact Mallory Madson for additional Accident and Sickness Plan information. 

Financial Support

Each applicant must provide a sponsor’s statement to guarantee that the student will receive enough money promptly as it becomes needed for living and studies during the full period of time necessary to complete the Carthage degree program.

Second, after being admitted for studies and before the Form I-20 is issued, students with private sponsors provide an advance deposit of money to confirm the availability of the funds that are guaranteed by the sponsor. This money is placed in the student’s account at Carthage, and the amount of this deposit is written in the student’s Form I-20.

Enrollment Deposit

International students admitted to Carthage can secure their place in the upcoming class by submitting a $300 advance payment. Information regarding class registration, as well as housing information for students planning to live on campus, is only sent to students who have submitted this advance payment.
Submit the enrollment deposit online (credit card required)

All of a student’s advance deposit, if paid, is refundable in the very unusual event that the U.S. government denies the student’s visa application to study at Carthage.

For students entering in the fall term, advance payments submitted to Carthage prior to May 1 are refundable (if requested in writing) before this date. Any advance payments for fall term received after May 1 will be accepted on a space available basis.

For students entering in the January term or spring term, advance payments submitted to Carthage prior to November 1 are refundable (if requested in writing) before this date. Any advance payments for January term or spring term received after November 1 will be accepted on a space available basis.


If you have any questions, please contact Mallory Madson, Carthage International Student Coordinator, at

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