International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA)

Students classified as international are not eligible to receive federal aid; therefore, completing an International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) allows Howard University to determine eligibility for and award available institutional aid.

Completing the ISFAA

The student applicant must respond to a questionnaire about age, degree type, legal dependents, marital status, and parent status. The questionnaire will provide the student with the option to complete either an ISFAA for Dependent Students or an ISFAA for Independent Students.

Student applicants must submit a completed ISFAA file to receive an aid offer package or scheduled financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid cannot consider an incomplete ISFAA file. The completed ISFAA file includes all of the following:

  • Signed ISFAA
  • Income/Wages & Tax data OR proof of no filing requirement in the country of residence for:
    • Student applicant
    • Parent(s) if considered a dependent student
    • Spouse if the student applicant is married
  • Currency conversion to US Dollars; Locate a currency converter here
    • Important Note: The ISFAA requires financial information from the country of residence, such as taxes, assets, investments, and pension. Financial data and the household's total number to provide a need calculation based on the Department of Education metrics. All monetary amounts must be converted to US Dollars to provide an accurate aid offer package.

Submit the ISFAA before deadlines. The processing time is up to 14-business days from the date the Office of Financial Aid receives the completed ISFAA file. Please note for the upcoming 2021-2022 Award year, awarding will not begin prior to March 2021.

ISFAA Deadlines

2020-2021 ISFAA

(Attend August 2020 – July 2021) using 2018 tax year data

Priority Processing

March 1, 2020

Standard Processing

June 1, 2020

Final Processing

April 1, 2021


To begin the 2020-2021 ISFAA Application, Click Here

2021-2022 ISFAA

(Attend August 2021 – July 2022) using 2019 tax year data

Priority Processing

March 1, 2021

Standard Processing

June 1, 2021

Final Processing

April 1, 2022


To begin the 2021-2022 ISFAA Application, Click Here

For additional assistance with completing the ISFAA, please reviewing our guide to completing the ISFAA Found Here.