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Generous financial aid for international students(US Colleges)

Studying in the US can be very expensive. Many international students dream of studying in the US, but think that the cost is out of their reach.

There is hope, and it comes in two forms:

1. Need based financial aid

Many US colleges offer generous financial aid for international students based on financial need. International students who can demonstrate a certain level of financial need are eligible.

Most financial aid is allocated to graduate students. It is less common for US colleges to offer financial aid for international students who are seeking undergraduate admission.  That means that where it is offered, it’s very competitive.

2. Scholarships 

Lots of educational institutions and organisations offer merit based scholarships to international students, or scholarships tied to the student’s region or country of origin.  Usually the scholarship application is separate from the admission application, and again, it’s really competitive.

Reality check

If you want to study in the US and need financial assistance to do it, there are options, but it’s important to keep it real. Compared with the total number of international students studying in the United States, the number that receive any form of financial help – either through need based financial aid or a scholarship – is very small.

The good news here is that the international education market is huge, and now offers a world of options for international students. If the US is out of reach financially, maybe consider other countries around the world, particularly the other key destination markets for international students, like the UK, Australia, and Canada. 

Financial aid for international students…there’s a catch

The catch with applying for need based financial aid is that for the majority of US colleges it can lower the chance of admission.

When it comes to financial aid for international students, colleges fall into three main categories:

1. “Need blind” plus full financial support

There are over 4,000 degree granting educational institutions in the US.  Of those only five ignore financial need in their admission process. In other words, your ability to meet tuition fees will not affect your application for admission.  And if you do get in, these institutions will ensure they give you the financial aid you require.

2. “Need blind” plus partial financial support

At these colleges, admission policies also ignore financial need, but if you are admitted the college does not necessarily meet the demonstrated financial need.

3. “Need  aware” a plus financial support

A large number of colleges do take need into account in their admission process, which means your chances of getting may be reduced if you require financial assistance. If you do get admitted, these colleges will financial aid for international students that meets the full financial need (or close to it).

Generous financial aid for international students by 14 colleges

1. Harvard University – Need Blind. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

2. Yale University –  Need Blind. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

 

 

 

3. Princeton University – Need blind. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

4. MIT – Need blind. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

5. Amherst College – Need blind. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

6. Williams College – Need aware. Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted international students.

7. California Institute of Technology – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for selected admitted international students

8. Swathmore College – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted  students

9. Stanford University – Need aware. Has limited amount of financial aid for international students.

10. Davidson College – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted  students.

11. Colgate University – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.

12. Vassar College – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted  students.

13. University of Richmond – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted  students.

14. Duke University – Need aware. Meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for a limited number of admitted international students.

(Disclaimer: Any information provided here are based on information available in internet through google search. I donot give guarantee of all those informations.You are requested to follow the concerned information site before act)


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