Find answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid.
Is Financial Aid Offered?
Financial Aid is available on a first come, first serve basis to students in need at our US sites. Students who rely on general aid to attend are encouraged to see if they qualify for scholarships offered by our partners (QFI) or to apply for the Academies early during the enrollment cycle.
Financial aid funds are awarded to families on a sliding scale based on salary, geography, cost of living expenses, and the number of family members in a household. We encourage families seeking financial aid to apply early, as our awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis starting in October. Since financial aid awards are distributed on a rolling basis, there is no guarantee financial aid funds will remain through to the end of our open enrollment period in May. We do not offer financial aid for our study abroad programs.
Historically, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has partnered with the Academy to provide scholarships to students studying Arabic and demonstrating financial need. Funding is determined by QFI and grant awards are not guaranteed. More information on QFI scholarships will be available soon. Interested families can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive updates as they become available.
Does an application for financial aid affect my chances of being admitted to the Academy?
The Academy’s admission process is “need–blind.” This means that Admissions does not know of your family’s finances when your application is being assessed.
What is need–based aid?
Need-based aid is intended to help defray the cost of Academy attendance for families in need and is awarded on a sliding scale. Available funding is limited with the purpose of helping as many families as possible who demonstrate need. We encourage those interested in receiving aid to apply as soon as possible.
When will I know if I qualify for Financial Aid?
After acceptance to the program has been received and your completed financial aid application has been submitted, a decision will be issued in no more than two weeks.