How to Apply for Financial Aid

Steps & Resources for International Students

For international students, your level of aid will be the same for all four years at Reed. Given the limited funding available to international students, Reed will not consider changes in family financial circumstances or exchange rate fluctuations in subsequent years.


  1. Indicate on your application for Admission that you intend to apply for financial aidInternational applicants who indicate “no” to the “do you intend to apply for need-based financial aid” question on their admission application are not eligible to apply for financial aid at any time during their enrollment at Reed. Thus, we strongly encourage all international students who require financial assistance (even slightly) to indicate “yes” to the financial aid question during the admission application process.

  2. Complete the CSS Profile application for the 2024-25 school year through the College Board. The CSS Profile is used to determine your eligibility for Reed's institutional funding. When you complete the application, list Reed College's code 4654.

    The 2024-25 CSS Profile is available beginning October 1, 2023. 
    International aid applicants are not required to submit a CSS Profile for the Noncustodial Parent or submit international tax documents to IDOC. 

    Our preferred application is the CSS Profile as it results in the most accurate, complete, and consistent information from all applicants. If you are a prospective international student for whom the cost of the CSS Profile would present a financial hardship, we offer the Reed College International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) as an alternative application. This application is intended only for international students for whom the cost of the CSS Profile would be a financial hardship. Please email for ISFAA application instructions. As such, Reed College does not offer CSS Profile Fee Payment Codes.


Determining Aid Eligibility

Reed uses the nationally standardized need analysis formula Institutional Methodology (IM) to calculate your expected family contribution (EFC).

Understanding Your Aid Award

Your aid offer may consist of one or more sources of aid.

FAQ for International Students

See our list of frequently asked questions.