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How to search for scholarships and grants for study in the United States?
How much would it cost for study in USA?
Cost of study in the United States?
U.S. education system offers high standards in all aspects of higher education. It comes at certain cost. The U.S. education is expensive
compared to other countries. The information provided here is for general guidelines.
U.S. overseas advising center and individual
institutions can advise prospective students about costs and methods of payment, as well as assistance and scholarship programs.
main types of costs involved in study in the United States are tuition and fees, plus living costs. These vary widely, which gives
you some control over the costs involved in your education. All U.S. universities publish information on the costs for their institution
As an average the tuition alone can run from $5,000 to $40,000 per year, depending on the type (private or government-funded)
institution, as well as the type and quality of the program of studies. Dont take tuition cost as a indicator of quality. Do your
research about the institution. The cost of living will add another $10,000 to $20,000 per year, depending on the location.
accommodations are not necessarily cheaper than off-campus accommodations. Moreover, not all colleges offer on-campus accommodations.
Your school will help you with both on-campus and off-campus accommodations.
Funding and scholarship for study in the United States:
Knowing the fact that U. S. education is expensive, you should plan well for funding your education. Start your financial planning
at the same time you begin choosing programs of study 12 to 18 months before you wish to study in the United States.
You must carefully
calculate the costs involved in U.S. study and your possible sources of funds to cover these costs. If you and your family cannot
meet the costs, you will need to apply for financial assistance.
In general, you should explore:
by your home country government
U.S. government assistance
from private U.S. sources and international organizations
Scholarships and grants offered
by U.S. universities, and
Loans offered by banks on easy interest rates.
Financial aid for american citizens for study in the United States:
For eligible American students financial aids are readily available. These can be financial aid in the form of loans, jobs and grants
to help pay for their college/university education. If you are a US citizen, or hold permanent US residence, you should write to the
colleges/universities that interest you and ask about procedures for applying for aid.
Financial aid and scholarships for international students for study in the United States?
Remember that scholarships are based on merit, not on need. Very often the terms "scholarships" and "financial aid" are used interchangeably,
but technically speaking, a scholarship is a financial award based on merit, including outstanding academic performance, special talent
in sports or performing arts, or perhaps community service or leadership. Financial aid is a "need-based" grant based on the student's
financial need, as documented by family income, assets, and other factors.
Most of this financial aid is given by the colleges/universities
themselves in the form of need-based (not merit-based) grants, and the competition for these awards is extremely keen, since there
are so few of them. If you are an international student who could not study in the United States without financial aid, you must,
of course, apply for aid, remembering that the competition for that aid is very intense, and that your chances of admission may well
be diminished by your need for it.
Earning while learning in the United States?
May international students usually make mistake, thinking that they can meet their total expenses by working part time. Based on current
immigration rules an international student is permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during first year of study (remember it is
on campus basis, you are not allowed to work outside). This allows to partly meet your incidentals. Also you can not show this as
income in your financial statement when applying for admission and visa. Campus jobs may include working at the university's cafeteria,
bookstore, library, or health club, or within the university's administrative offices.
After the first year, you may apply to the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS) for permission to work off campus for up to 20 hours a week. You should note, however, that there
is no guarantee that this request will be granted.
Depending on visa type, your spouse may be allowed to work with temporary work permit
students with J-1 visa). You may pl look into current regulations from INS site.