Can I apply to the National College Match if I am not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident?

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The QuestBridge National College Match is open to all:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending a high school in the United States

Only some of our college partners will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents for admission and full scholarships through the Match. Most of our college partners use federal and state funds to finance a portion of the scholarships, and these funds are only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. For the most up-to-date information about which college partners will consider non-U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, please see the Additional Citizenship Requirements.

The schools that are not listed on the above page may still consider students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents on a case-by-case basis. If there is a school you are very interested in, you may still include them in your rankings list even if they are not listed as considering these students. 

Most of our partners will consider all students who apply through QuestBridge Regular Decision, regardless of citizenship status. Each year, many QuestBridge applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents gain acceptance and financial aid to our partner colleges via Regular Decision.


Please note that international students living outside the U.S. are not eligible to apply to the National College Match. Students always have the option of applying directly to any QuestBridge college partner through their regular admissions process. Please also see the following links for resources that may be helpful to international students outside the U.S. hoping to attend college in the U.S.

An International Student's Guide to U.S. Scholarships

EducationUSA (for International Students)

Studying in the United States

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