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Where to Find TOEFL Scholarships

(Note: This post is about scholarships that cover your tuition. For scholarships that pay for your TOEFL exam fee, see Rachel’s post here.)

Getting a top score on the TOEFL can get you into your dream school. But there are other long-term benefits too. A good TOEFL score can get you scholarships that help you pay your tuition after you arrive.


TOEFL Scholarships from ETS

The best known TOEFL-based scholarships come from the makers of the TOEFL test itself: ETS. ETS currently offers scholarships to high scoring students in four countries: India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Scholarship amounts, eligibility, and number of winners vary from country to country, because each country has its own ETS-sponsored TOEFL scholarship program. The Indian ETS scholarship gives 7,000 USD to ten qualifying students per year. In Japan’s annual contest, scholarship payouts are also $7,000, but only six winners are selected each year.

Taiwanese and South Korean scholarship funds are somewhat smaller than the Indian and Japanese awards, and are paid out in local currency instead of USD. In Taiwan, 10 lucky and talented TOEFL exam takers receive 150,000 NTD (roughly 4,600 USD) each year. And in the annual South Korean scholarship competition, fifteen high achieving students are given scholarships of 2 million KRW (about 1,800 USD).

In addition to the programs above, ETS is currently developing a scholarship program for TOEFL test-takers in mainland China. As a Magoosh instructor, I was very happy to hear this news. Magoosh helps a lot of students from China. Once ETS rolls out that program, I’ll be sure to write another post and share the details with all you Chinese Magooshers out there!


TOEFL-based scholarships outside of ETS

You need to be Indian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, or Chinese to be eligible for the scholarships linked above. Now, I have some good news for the rest of you— if you have a good TOEFL score, there are other ways to get scholarships, no matter what country you’re from.

Some scholarships are university-specific. The Northwest Nazerene University gives students with qualifying TOEFL scores up to $13,000 in scholarships. Point Park University has a similar program to NNU, offering successful TOEFL test-takers as much as $12,000. And at Northern Polytechnic University international students with a TOEFL score of 90 or higher are scholarship-eligible. Many other universities consider TOEFL scores and English proficiency when giving out scholarship awards. Contact your prospective universities to see whether or not your TOEFL score can get you a tuition break.

Even if your university doesn’t offer any campus-based TOEFL scholarships, there are a number of international scholarship funds that consider your TOEFL score when you apply for rewards.  Science Without Borders, an organization that gives Brazilian nationals scholarships to study science around the world, is open to applicants with a TOEFL iBT of 80 or higher. Other foundations allow students to study almost any subject and be from almost any country. One of the better known global scholarships that looks at TOEFL scores is the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Program.