I want Admission at US Universities with Scholarship

Raghuram Sukumar Admission 19 Comments

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.

Comments

  1. It’s ironic that for years, international students have anxiously awaited the results of their H1B applications, and now there are so few jobs that the cap hasn’t even been met yet! We in the field of international education are stunned by this development—while it’s great for international students, we wish there were the jobs available to go along with it! Luckily, students who are just beginning their studies will benefit from a better economy when they graduate, unlike students who are graduating now.

  2. Hi Raghu…

    Can you please tell me how to find the individual ETS department codes of the universities? because i am finding it very difficult to get the department codes. i searched application forms of the departments of many universities also. but most of the cases they have not mentioned it. Please help me out.

    Thanks

  3. Please assess my academic profile

    ICSE-83% maths 97% pcb 92%

    HS 67% PHY HONORS

    mbbs 59%, 1 backlog, cleared

    GRE VERBAL 700 Q 740

  4. hi,i'm a student of 4 year B.pharm course(currently in pre final year) i want to pursue ms from US but i want to know am i eligible? coz i've heard tht in Us 5 year coures are regarded authentic

    1. Hi,I gave GRE yest and got 1340 score with verbal 610 and quant 730 . My acads are fair enough.I got 82% in 10th and 92% in 12th with 95% in Maths PCB was 96%. I did Mechanical Engg from Regional College of Engg Nagpur where I scored 83%.However, I wish to apply for a good Computer Science course, since I have 4 years of experience as a software engg.I am yet to give TOEFL which is scheduled on 27th june.I dont have any international papers to my name.What all good universities of US can I apply for where I can get good scholarship and what is approximate last date to apply for spring 2010?

  5. Hi,I gave GRE yest and got 1340 score with verbal 610 and quant 730 . My acads are fair enough.I got 82% in 10th and 92% in 12th . I did Mechanical Engg from Regional College of Engg Nagpur where I scored 83%.However, I wish to apply for a good Computer Science course, since I have 4 years of experience as a software engg.I am yet to give TOEFL which is scheduled on 27th june.I dont have any international papers to my name.What all good universities of US can I apply for and what is approximate last date to apply for spring 2010?

  6. i got 75.106 in b.tech how much percentage will need to get scholarship in us for doing ms

    1. so u already have a percentage. what more percentages are u planning to get?

  7. hi…please access my profile..

    BTECH :72%

    10th :85%

    12th:82%

    GRE VERBAL:300,QUANTS:610

    I DID MY ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FROM JNTU.HOWEVER I WISH TO APPLY FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS COURSE..I am yet to give TOEFL which is scheduled on 8TH AUGUST..What all good universities of US can I apply for where I can get good scholarship and what is approximate last date to apply for spring 2010?

    1. For GRE Score 910 admission with scholarship is ruled out. You can get only into low ranked schools.

  8. hey …i have 1510 GRE (710 in verbal and 800 in quant)

    yet to give TOEFL…

    GPA of 8.5/10

    doing BTech from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology Noida

    10th->89%

    12th->90%

    No publications….No work experience.,……..

    8-10 college level projects and 1 Summer Internship at Infogain Noida..

    Got 98%ile in the NITAT(National IT Aptitude Test) 2009 conducted by NIIT….

    What are my chances in the Top 10 universities for MS in Computer Science….??

    and where can i be assured to get some form of financial aid?

  9. hii

    i have written my gre and got a score of 1120(800in quant+320 in verbal) i m yet to write toefl.I have done my graduation from NITK Surathkal in the field of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering with a overall cgpa of 8.41.I have 3 projects one in BARC(Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Bomaby) second i got a fellowship in JNCASR(Bangalore) Thirdly in indian institute of science(IISc Bangalore) i am applying for Ms program in US.can you please suggest me which all colleges can i apply where i can be assured that i will be getting a funding.Please guide me.As if now i am plannig to apply in Georgia Tech,University of Florida And Iowa State University. Please do reply soon..

  10. I am in 2nd year right now. My question- is it possible to get scholarship with 1 backlog(chemistry 1-cleared in 2nd attempt) in the 1st semester of BE-CIVIL(Mumbai University) with an aggregate of say 71% in BE,

    10th-82.13%

    12th-78.33% maths-89%

    If yes then what is the minimum GRE score should i get to pursue MS in structures with scholarship??

    Also what is the right time to give GRE if i want to start my MS just after my BE?

    REPLY WIL BE APPRECIATED!!!

  11. Sir i have completed b-tech n now want to do MS from US but my family cant afford the fees and I have to opt for study loan.
    Can i earn fees and living expenses while working part time along with studies so that I m able to pay back the loan.

  12. i've been following this blog for a month and its really helpful.

    i'm a b.tech final year student(Electronics & Communication) with an aggregate 73.29 upto 3-2 sem.

    i have a good academic background with 83% in SSC and 94% in Intermediate

    i've participated in some paper contests( national level) and won two 1st prizes…

    i'm planning to take the GRE this december n expect a score around 1200…

    with this score which universties could give me admit in electrical engg with a fair amount of scholarship?

    i'd be greatly happy if i get a reply….

  13. hello HSB i am rakesh and i am pursuing my b-pharm 3-2 i am planning to write GRE exam in the month of this june so can u pls tell me how much score is required for getting scholarship..??

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