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I-House is proud to offer need-based financial aid to Residents to assist with housing expenses.

These opportunities are made possible through the generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals such as alumni and trustees. It is through this that International House is able to maintain the exceptional geographic, cultural and economic diversity that is central to the mission.

Application requirements vary. Recipients are selected by the International House Admissions Committee.

Please note: your Financial Aid application may be dismissed if you have not also applied to reside at International House, and that you must be a resident member of the House while receiving financial aid from I-House.

The following funds are available for the 2023-24 Academic Year:

The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Financial Aid Award – Awards of the full cost of housing as well as the meal plan for a room with or without a sink in the South Building at International House will be made to 3 residents that embody the character displayed by Bonhoeffer while he was a member of I-House: openness to new experiences, curiosity about issues outside one’s professional field, interest in people from different backgrounds and cultures, a drive to action, and a commitment to improve society and the quality of life of others. Read more about Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the I-House Archives here. (The deadline to apply for this opportunity has passed).
Davis United World Scholars Fund Awards of $10,000 will be made to up to 3 residents who are former Davis United World Scholars.
Dodge Foundation Fund – Need based awards of up to $3,000 will be made to Residents from the Middle East or studying Middle Eastern Studies.  
Freunde des International House Fund – Need based awards of up to $2,500 will be made to Residents from under-represented developing countries, from countries experiencing conflict and/or Residents who are citizens of Germany. This fund was established in 1990 by Freunde des International House, e.V., the Germany-based International House pan-European alumni chapter, and is supported through donations from Alumni and friends in Europe. 
The General Resident Fund – Need based awards of up to $6,500 will be made to Residents demonstrating financial need.  
Mitsui USA Foundation Fund – Awards of $5,000 will be made to 1-3 Residents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Made possible by The Mitsui USA Foundation, the program was developed to foster educational efforts that promote international understanding and closer U.S.-Japan relations. Qualified applicants should have strong communication skills and an interest in international affairs or business. 
The O’Neill Family Charitable Trust Financial Aid Fund supports room and board expenses at I-House to those whose countries are experiencing political conflict, economic unrest, and/or a refugee crisis.

International House has a longstanding history of welcoming refugees and others who have been displaced or otherwise impacted by circumstances such as war, loss of land, human rights abuses, economic struggles, and discrimination. At I-House, people are accepted into our diverse community, and find safety and understanding. Through the generosity of the O’Neill Family, I-House is proud to continue this legacy.
The Thea Petschek Iervolino ‘48 Foundation – Awards of $7,500 each to 2 residents studying art, 2 residents studying music and 1 resident studying education.  Thea Petschek Iervolino, ‘48 was an avid patron of the arts and International House.  She has expressed her life-long commitment to International House in various ways including the generous support allowing for financial aid awards. 
The Charles and Laurene Wu McClain ‘66 Fund – Awards of up to $3500 will be made to Residents demonstrating financial need.  Charles and Laurene Wu McClain ’66 met and married at I-House and have been long-time supporters of International House.  All applicants are considered with priority given to those from California, Hawaii or to those studying music. 

There is one application for all of the funds listed above. 
Although you may be eligible for more than one it is only possible to receive one.

The financial aid application for the Academic Year 2023-2024 will open in the spring of 2023.

If for any reason, a resident’s financial situation has changed while living at IHouse, they may make an appointment via the Admissions Office Calendly to meet with Megan Amouzou, the Vice President of Admissions, to inquire about emergency funds available.
Please note that you must be a resident member of International House while receiving financial aid from International House.


Is there financial aid for the 2022-23 academic year?

January 23, 2023

There was financial aid available for the 2022-2023 academic year, but the application has since closed.

When can I apply for financial aid for the 2023-2024 academic year?

January 23, 2023

The financial aid application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in February 2023 and is anticipated to close in July 2023.

Can I apply for financial aid if I am living at I-House during the summer term?

January 23, 2023

International House does not provide financial aid during the summer term.

When should I submit my financial aid application?

January 23, 2023

Financial aid applications should be completed before the date provided in your admission acceptance email.

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“First and foremost, I am beyond grateful and humbled. The I-House community has been a pillar of support during these times of uncertainty. Without support from I-House, my experience would not be possible. I am excited to be part of this community and contribute in creative ways to the core mission and values.”
Javier M., Guatemala; Columbia University, Public Administration

Get in Touch

The Admissions Office reviews applications for Residency at International House, makes room assignments, administers the financial aid programs, and verifies eligibility of every Resident each term.

Megan Amouzou

Vice President of Admissions

(212) 316-8436

Khaire Vaughan

Sr. Admissions Associate for Planning & Occupancy

(212) 316-8436

Roxanni Acevedo

Admissions Associate

(212) 316-8436

Anna Giordano

Admissions Associate for Recruitment

(212) 316-8436

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