Application Process for Caltech and Federal Financial Aid for Entering Students (U.S. Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens)
Slightly different procedures and deadlines exist for each category of students applying for financial aid. Detailed descriptions of these procedures and priority due dates for prospective and continuing students may be found on the Caltech Financial Aid Office website at finaid.caltech.edu.
If you are applying for admission as a first-year student for the fall of 2023 and are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of your application for admission, you will need to refer to the Caltech Financial Aid Office website at finaid.caltech.edu for instructions for applying for financial aid. International applicants who do not apply for financial aid by published deadlines, or who are denied aid for their first year at Caltech, are not eligible for need-based financial aid for any other academic period while they are undergraduates at the Institute (with the exception of citizens of Canada and Mexico). Those with financial aid offers will be eligible to apply for assistance in subsequent years. All eligible students must reapply for aid each year.
International students are required to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. This online application collects family income and asset information from international students. Students will need to complete and submit the CSS PROFILE online at
cssprofile.collegeboard.org after they have been admitted into Caltech. (Students can also visit EducationUSA Advising Centers at
educationusa.state.gov/find-advising-center if you need assistance completing your CSS PROFILE.) Please refer to the complete application instructions provided on the Caltech Financial Aid Office website at finaid.caltech.edu.