Question from Vinnu about GRE, Admission Loan, Cost of Living etc.
Actually I’m studying 4th year & i’m having 62% now, and my passout year will be 2013.
I want to study MS in US in a normal university where the tuition fee will be less cause I’m from a poor background, i’l give my GRE exam ASAP and try to get a good score.
- About How much Bank balance is needed (plz tell me all the total money i need).
- Minimum gre score.
- Any other exams i need to give.
- How to know the list of universities compatible within my percentage.
- How to apply to those universities.
- What are the set of documents i need.
- Can i get a loan from any bank with my academic year percentage.
- Give me all the details about money needed to…(important).
Answers were provided by Manish via comments.
Thanks for the appreciation! It’s certainly my pleasure to answer your queries.
Firstly, let me tell you one thing, the costs encountered when studying in US are pretty much higher. So, if you are from “poor” background, it will be tough for you to arrange for the money every year. But yes, it is not impossible!
About How much Bank balance is needed (plz tell me all the total money i need).
I do not exactly know the exact amount because my case was different (as I was getting enough scholarship to support myself). However, I can give you an approximate (minimum) expenditures:
- Annual Tuition Fees: $17400
- Living + Food: $300X12= $3600
- Visa Fees + First Time Ticket Expenses: $400+$900=$1300
These are the minimum expenses. Your expenditures will be along these figures depending upon the cost of living in your city. (The one given above are the costs in my university/city)
Except these, there will be some expenditures in application submission, TOEFL and GRE.
Minimum gre score.
Frankly speaking, there aren’t any minimum score criterion.
However, some good universities like Purdue University or MIT demands for good scores. The exact figure can be obtained from their website. Generally a score above 1200 is fine. But if you score much above it, you will be appreciated, of-course!
One more thing, low score doesn’t mean that your application will be rejected. If you have a lower score, just apply in the universities that doesn’t impose any “minimum score” criterion.
In my case, I had a low score, but my GPA and the recommendation was very good. My friends however had scores even in 1400, but I got the scholarship and they didn’t.
So, the officials actually see your overall performance. And, scoring high will always be helpful to you.
Any other exams i need to give.
For US universities, GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are necessary. However, please do confirm this thing on university’s website. As far as my knowledge is concerned, GRE and TOEFL are essential for considering your application.
How to know the list of universities compatible within my percentage.
The best way is to know the universities through your seniors and faculty members.
Also, you can go to the departmental website of the medium ranked universities and drop a mail to the graduate students studying there (especially if you think they belong to your country).
Google, seniors and faculties are the best sources!
What are the set of documents i need
After giving your GRE and TOEFL, just make a list of universities of your interest. The application and some of your document are submitted online (offline through posts/couriers in some cases). The application fee can range from $50-$100 for each university. Every university provide the exact details on their website.
They generally consider applications after October (for next Fall semester).
Meaning, if you want to take admission in August 2013 (called Fall-2013), you will have to apply somewhere in between Oct 2012-March 2013. The exact deadlines are provided on their online portal.
How to apply to those universities.
They generally ask for three recommendation letters, GRE-TOEFL scores, your transcripts, resume, statement of purpose and in some cases, a cover letter.
Again, these things are exactly known from their website.
Can i get a loan from any bank with my academic year percentage.
Like I told you, I do not have any idea in this “loan” aspect. Because I was already funded by the department.
Give me all the details about money needed to…(important).
Money needed to… what? I am sorry, I did not understand the question.
But yes, the money will be definitely much above the figures that I listed above. And ofcourse, if you get any scholarship, the money required will become lesser (depending on the scholarship).
I hope I have answered your queries. I have a suggestion, please put your best in everything you do.
Whatever you do today will decide your tomorrow.
If you think your family is poor and cannot support you, and neither you can make it through loans etc. etc., there are still a lot of exams and institutes in India that are very well known around the world.
I hope you get it!