American education for international students is expensive. Unless, of course, if you have lots of money to spend.
This is why most international students applying for admission at U.S. universities want to get financial aid to study in America.
However, there are many facts that foreign students don’t understand. Almost every student asks the following questions…
My GRE score is xxx, I want a list of Universities that give aid.
Why you will not get Aid
Not every student applying for university studies will get aid. Most students think there are universities in US that will automatically give aid to them, no matter what GRE score they have.
Do you have the same idea? If so, you are wrong.
U.S. colleges and universities can give financial support only to a limited number of students. So not every student applying at U.S. schools can get aid or academic scholarship.
If you are thinking that you can get aid along with admission for your GRE score, you have to rethink the idea/imagination that you have.
Who will get Financial Aid
About 30% of students do get some forms of aid. But these few have the necessary skills and qualifications. The documents they submit show their value and how they will be able to contribute to the school.
If a student, for instance, named Joe Smith has a GRE score of 1,300 and has authored a few papers and has letters of recommendation from professors well-known in the scientific world, then Joe will get aid in the school that accepts students with average GRE Score around 1,100.
However, the same Joe might not get any aid if he applies at schools that require the minimum GRE score of 1,400.
So if you have adequate skills and qualifications, then there is a very good chance to get financial aid, scholarship or some form of assistantship along with a graduate school admission.
Low GRE Score and Financial Aid?
Read this article if you have a GRE Score below 1,000. Also, if you have read comments in some related articles in this blog, you must have seen questions like:
My GRE score in 900 and I had 3 backlogs. I want a list of universities that give aid for my GRE score.
So you will see that there is some misunderstanding here. Not every student applying for admission will get financial aid at U.S. schools.
When you get your admission and after you come here, you should find work for some professors and if they are interested in your work habits and performance, then you will get aid.
However, assuming that there are universities in the U.S. that will give Financial Aid to all the students is totally wrong.
How to manage expenses?
Well, if you don’t get any financial aid, then you could try getting some part time jobs that will help you pay for your monthly living expenses.
If you attend schools where the cost of living and tuition fees are low, then you can save $100 to $200 per month just by working some part time jobs.
As an F-1 visa student, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Most of the jobs pay around $6 to $8 per hour.
I know what other questions you will have in mind after reading this article. To name a few:
- I have taken a student education loan; will I still be allowed to pay after studying?
- I cannot afford to pay out of State fees, so I need 100% aid, what shall I do?
- My seniors said everyone will get aid at US Schools, but you are saying the opposite.
If you have been closely following all the related articles in this blog, then you should be able to find answers to the above 3 questions.