This article is in response to an email I received recently. The problem is that most students assume that universities can be selected based on the types of scholarships they provide and the amount of money that will be paid.
Question: "I am going to apply for Spring 2010 in USA. Can you refer me some universities where I can get RA (and TA, too) for sure? I want admission at universities with scholarship (BEST if with TA)."
It’s good to see someone taking the time to send email to get help. I really appreciate that, but they just kept on neglecting the fact that U.S. universities cannot be selected based on the above criteria.
According to Open Doors, only 30% of international students tend to get some form of aid. About 70% end up paying fees from their savings, loans, or parents’ funds.
If someone have good, qualified academic credentials, U.S. universities will give that student some scholarship and not the other way around. To put this in simple terms:
- Good Academic Profile = High chances to get scholarship
- Not-So-Good Academic Profile = Very low chances to get any financial aid (almost nil).
The above formula can be used when you are applying for university admission. Once you had been admitted to the school, you can work with some professors and impress them with your skills.
These faculty members are the ones who decide if you are eligible to be an RA/TA or just for scholarship.
Can you refer me to US universities where I can get RA? I want admission at universities with scholarship (BEST if with TA).
No, I cannot do so. I can only suggest some colleges and universities based on your profile, but that’s about it.
Scholarships and financial aids depend on some key aspects of the student’s academic profile and will be decided upon by the school’s admission committee.
That’s the same reason why I suggest students to read and follow the 12 Step University Selection process.
Unfortunately, most of our readers just avoid these effective tips. Most complain that the process is time consuming and some answers are not available immediately.
There is no single "Submit" button anywhere, where you can enter your profile and click "Submit" to get a list of universities that will give you scholarship with admission.
It really takes hard work, time and effort on your part to identify those schools.
You spend time to find information about admission and more the information you have, the better the chances you’ll get some form of financial aid.