Yes. You’ll be automatically considered for all of our merit scholarships when you apply for admissions to Hopkins. If selected, you’ll receive notification at the time of your admissions decision. To learn more, visit Merit Scholarships.
Are international students eligible for financial aid?
Yes. If you’d like to request financial aid, indicate this on your admissions application and complete the CSS profile. We’re need-aware for international students—meaning that financial circumstances are considered in the admissions process—so it’s important that you apply for financial aid at the same time as you apply for admission because you will not be able to reapply later on. Once we receive your application, we’ll reach out via email if we need additional information from you and your family.
Are transfer students eligible for financial aid?
Yes. We’re need-blind for transfer applicants who are applying as domestic students (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, or students with DACA or undocumented status), meaning that students and their family’s financial circumstances don’t factor into your admissions decision. Currently, we don’t offer financial aid for international transfer students.
I’m applying for the Peabody Double Degree Program. How does that impact the financial aid process?
If you’re admitted to the Peabody Double Degree Program, you’ll receive financial aid through Homewood Student Financial Support, not Peabody.
I’m applying for the Global Studies direct matriculation program. What does the financial aid process look like?
You’ll pay Bloomberg School of Public Health tuition during your fifth and sixth years. As long as you’re enrolled at MSPH full-time, you’ll receive a 75% tuition scholarship in your second year. Because the MHS in Health Economics is a nine-month degree, it’s excluded from this scholarship.
I’m applying for the International Studies direct matriculation program. What does the financial aid process look like?
You’ll pay SAIS tuition during your fourth and fifth years of study, though Homewood financial aid still applies during your fourth year. Financial assistance for the fifth or sixth year is determined by SAIS and isn’t guaranteed.
My parents are divorced (or separated). Do they both need to provide financial information?
Yes. You and your custodial parent (the parent you live with the most) will complete a CSS Profile together. Your non-custodial parent will also need to fill out their own CSS Profile.
Only your custodial parent needs to submit the FAFSA. If you live with both parents equally, the parent who provided the most financial support over the past year should submit the FAFSA.
We realize that issues of college support may be complicated in divorced and separated families, and we evaluate each situation individually. If you believe special circumstances exist in your family, please review the CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent.
How do I apply for financial aid without my parents’ information?
Parent financial information is a major factor in determining financial aid eligibility, but we understand that sometimes extraordinary circumstances make this information impossible or unsafe to obtain. If this is the case for you, please contact your financial aid adviser who can advise you of next steps.
My family and I saved money for college expenses in a 529 plan. How do we report this on the FAFSA and CSS Profile?
If your family has a 529 account, you should report the value on the FAFSA and CSS Profile as a parental asset, just like you would any other investment or savings account.
Did you receive my FAFSA and CSS Profile?
After you submit your financial aid application, we’ll email you with instructions for accessing our applicant portal—you’ll be able to check the status of your documents there.
My FAFSA was selected for verification. What do I need to do?
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, don’t worry. It’s a common step in the financial aid application process. Students can be selected at random or because of an error or discrepancy in the information provided on the FAFSA. Either way, we’ll work with you to get everything taken care of. Review and submit the documents on your financial aid to-do list no later than August 1. When we receive them, we’ll compare the data to your FAFSA and make any necessary corrections before submitting it to the federal processor. If the corrections impact your financial aid, we’ll notify you via email.
When will I be notified about my financial aid eligibility?
If you complete your financial aid application on time, we’ll notify you of your eligibility when you receive your admissions decision. If you submit your application after the deadline, you’ll still receive the same consideration for financial aid, but there may be a delay in your notification.
Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
If you are applying as a domestic student (U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, eligible non-citizen, or have DACA or undocumented status), you’ll need to reapply for need-based financial aid each year. If you’re an international student, you won’t need to reapply each year. Most families receive a similar offer from year to year, but changes to your household or financial circumstances may impact your eligibility.
Determining Your Eligibility
How will you determine whether I’m eligible for financial aid?
When determining your financial aid eligibility, we take into account multiple factors, including:
Family assets like savings, investments, businesses, and real estate
Number of children in college or private school
Household size and living expenses, based on the average cost of living in your zip code
Special circumstances like loss of income, one-time income, or support to grandparents
We work with your family to understand your unique circumstances to determine what you can pay toward college costs. Then we cover the rest through need-based scholarships and work opportunities—money that doesn’t need to be paid back. To get started with the financial aid process, visit How to Apply for Financial Aid.
If I apply Early Decision, will I receive the same financial aid consideration as Regular Decision applicants?
Yes. Early Decision applicants are eligible for the same need-based and merit scholarships as students who apply Regular Decision.
What types of financial aid do you offer?
Our financial aid offers contain a combination of need-based scholarships and work opportunities to cover the difference between the total cost of attendance and your family’s contribution. We don’t include loans, but some families choose to borrow, in addition to seeking out private scholarships and taking advantage of our no-interest payment plans, as part of their strategy to cover college costs. Learn more about types of financial aid and consider which options are right for your family.
Can I get a job on campus to help cover my college costs?
Yes. Student employment offers flexible hours, competitive wages, and the opportunity to get to know the Hopkins community better. Most students work 8-10 hours per week. Jobs range from lifeguarding to web design, and they’re located on the Homewood campus, other Hopkins campuses, or off campus.
How do private scholarships impact financial aid?
Private scholarships reduce your summer savings and work-study expectations. If your private scholarships total more than these expectations, your need-based scholarship will be adjusted based on the leftover amount.
What are my options if I don’t qualify for need-based financial aid?
Even if you don’t think you’re eligible, we encourage you to apply. If we determine that you don’t qualify for need-based financial aid, there are still a variety of options to reduce your college costs, including:
Monthly payment plans
Part-time work opportunities
Unsubsidized federal loans
Parent PLUS loans
After You Apply
Do I need to maintain a certain GPA to continue receiving financial aid?
To continue receiving federal financial aid, you must meet the criteria outlined in the policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress. There isn’t a GPA requirement to continue receiving institutional need-based scholarships. If unique circumstances have impacted your academic performance, you can appeal a loss of eligibility through a special process. The minimum GPA for merit scholarships can vary, so be sure to review the individual scholarship pages.
What happens to my financial aid if I withdraw before the end of the semester?
If you withdraw, are dismissed, or begin a leave of absence before completing more than 60% of the semester, we’ll recalculate your eligibility for federal financial aid according to the Return of Title IV Funds Policy, and charge for tuition, room, and board according to the Refund Policy in the undergraduate catalog. We’ll also adjust your Hopkins need-based scholarship at the same rate as any tuition refund you receive. For example, if you receive an 80% tuition refund, your Hopkins need-based scholarship will also be reduced by 80%.
Can I receive financial aid if I’m enrolled less than full-time?
You must be enrolled full-time (or at least 12 credits each semester) to receive financial aid unless you have an approved exception through Student Disability Services or Student Financial Support. Changing your enrollment status may result in the adjustment or cancellation of your financial aid, depending on timing and your plan for the semester.
Can I use my financial aid toward the cost of a computer?
Yes, you may request a Technology Grant to receive one-time financial assistance of up to $2,000 to purchase a computer during your time at Hopkins. To get started, submit a Budget Adjustment Request.
Does financial aid cover the university’s health insurance plan?
All full-time students must maintain adequate health coverage. If you don’t show proof of comparable health insurance, we’ll automatically enroll you in the university-sponsored plan and charge the premium to your student account. Based on your financial aid status, we offer limited funding to cover the insurance premium. If eligible, you’ll receive the funding in October.
What if my family’s finances change while I’m at Hopkins?
We recognize that unexpected events—such as loss of income, death, major illness, and disability—can affect your ability to cover costs. We’ll work with you to navigate changes to your financial circumstances as best we can.