FAQs – Transcripts, Financial Aid and GRE Scores

Raghuram Sukumar Admission 16 Comments

I have 23 unread emails containing queries about U.S. university selection, profile evaluation, statement of purpose and recommendation letter review.

I have already answered a number of such questions, particularly those about getting transcripts, GRE score reporting, and recommendation letters.

In one email, Vani asks:

Q1: What does the score sound like? Good enough for MS, MS/PhD in "Molecular + cell biology/Biochemistry"? I have did my GRE and managed V690 and Q770.

Q2: The transcripts part of the Universities’ websites are confusing, will they accept attested (by HOD) copies ’till such time as I get the "originals" from the Univ (VTU, Karnataka)?

Q3: What are the chances of Financial  Assistance? Family cannot afford to waste money on vein apps.

Question 1

What does the score sound like? good enough for MS, MS/PhD in "Mol+cell biology/Biochem"?

A GRE score (Verbal 680 and Quantitative 770) is a very good score to get admission for both master’s and PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Pharmacy, Crop Science, Clinical – Molecular Biology, …

Question 2

The transcripts part of the U.S. universities’ websites are confusing, will they accept attested (by HOD) copies ’till such time as I get the “originals” from the Univ (VTU, Karnataka)?

Nope, they will not accept that. Transcripts should be issued directly by a university.

Make additional copies from the original transcript, take them to the university’s registrar office, pay for the fees, then give your details with an envelop.

They will verify the copies you have submitted, the registrar will sign each page with a seal. Each set is then sealed with an envelop and pasted with seal and signature at the seal flap.

This way, if someone breaks the cover, it will be visible. Universities will not receive attested copies from HOD.

It’s better to send transcripts covering up to 6 semesters. Some schools require at least 6 semesters of transcript to be considered for admission.

So this means you must wait ’till you get the original mark sheets from the university before you can get your transcripts.

To save time, find out how many schools you are planning to apply at. Some schools require 2 copies of transcripts.

Get 4-5 copies more than what is required. It’s better to carry those transcripts when you come to U.S.

Question 3

What chances of Financial  Assistance? Family cannot afford to waste money on vein apps.

I do certainly agree that it’s expensive to even send applications. The costs per application would include the following expenses:

  • GRE Score Forwarding
  • TOEFL Score Forwarding
  • College Application processing Fee
  • Cost per transcript
  • Courier/Express Mail fees

I’m not sure how many universities you are planning to apply at. But based on my experience through this blog, most students from India tend apply at a maximum of 8 schools.

Think about students from China, they apply at an average of 15 to 20 schools. They do spend a lot during the application period and mostly target schools that offer them scholarship.

On the other hand, students from India usually apply at around 8 schools and decide to attend the best school from that. After they reach their campus in the U.S., financial aid and RA/TA search begins.

Some students don’t get any form of aid for M.S., but of them get some part time jobs that will pay for their living expenses.

To manage the fees, they work during summer months as interns. They save that money and pay the fees for the next semester.

Related: Types of Financial Aid available in US Colleegs

Comments

  1. I am from bangladesh,electrical engg student.My gpa is not enogh,just above 3.what GRE score needed for getting admission (with some financial aid/scholarship) in middle order(not top 70 university) usa university.

  2. my gre score is 1050
    quants 710
    ver 340

    and my toefl score is 89
    w 21 l 21 r 24 s 23
    i’m planning to apply for fall 2009
    pls suggest me some good univ
    for my ms in pharmacy or biological sciences

  3. How much does a part time job in the U.S pay? What are the number of hours that a student can work for? IS the earning from a part time job enough to cover either tuition or living expenses?

  4. i scored 430 in the verbal and 530 in the quantitative.i want to pursue a masters degree in food science or food technology.will it be possible to get admited in any of the American universities

  5. hey,

    I am a Bcom Graduate with 77%(aggregate) from Bangalore University.I have written my GMAT exams and scored 640 and 109 in toefl(IBT).I want to apply for Nanyung and National university of Singapore…..I have got my transcripts done but iam confused if i should get a letter from university with my SCORES converted into GPA….Can you please tell me if should get my scores converted and if yes what is the format?. Waiting for your reply….

  6. I am an Indian.I want to get admission in IIT-CHICAGO or any other good college.Please suggest me the university/College..And also tell me the scores require for that.I am planning for GRE in JAN’10 for the September intake..

  7. Planning for september fall’10.
    when to take GRE?
    planning to take it in JAN’10..is it okay??

    Also tell me the AVG scores for diff top 20 colleges..

    Thanks.

  8. sir, I recently gave my GRE and got a score of 590(V) and 760(Q)..My aggregate of 4 yrs is arnd 72.78%..I am currently gaining experience as a lecturer…I would like to know whether I could be admitted to either of these universities?

    Columbia University

    Rice University

    TAMU

    and whether there are any chances of getting funding from them.

  9. I'd like narrate an interesting incident:

    I didn't know you had to seal the transcript, so I sent my first application with just the attestation from Higher Education Commission, it was a photocopy(with registrar's signature on original).

    I was worried that they'll ask me to resent my sealed transcript, but to my surprise, I got an email that all my documents have been received and are in order – from University of Marland, College Park.

    I did seal the rest of my transcripts, though(each copy costs 500 rupees here, apart from the Higher Education Commission attestation which is like 300 rupees…)

  10. GRE score= 1390, B.Tech(Mech. engineering) % = 81.36, which college in US to apply?????? Will prefer for MS/PhD in Thermal stream

  11. Regarding the article on transcripts,do i also get 12th marksheets attested by university?Or is it enough to get a 'True copy' stamp and attest it by respective college principal?To send application do we need 10th marksheet too?and is junior coll passing certi required?Can you just enumerate the documents.

    thanx a lot!

  12. hi
    i am doing my final year in b pharmacy .i want to persue further education in US.
    here i didnt had semister wise exams. we had annually.so can i submit the transcripts of 3 years of graduation?is that sufficient?will university give us just for 3 years?could you please kindly help me?
    thank u
    waiting for reply…

  13. hi

    i am doing my final year in b pharmacy .i want to persue further education in US.

    here i didnt had semister wise exams. we had annually.so can i submit the transcripts of 3 years of graduation?is that sufficient?will university give us just for 3 years?could you please kindly help me?

    thank u

    waiting for reply…

  14. my gre score is 1190 verbal 500 n quant 690.wanna persue M.s pharmacy suggest some universities and my aggregate is 75%..

  15. Hi,
    My University provide consolidate marks sheet(only semester marks) and US universities want subject marks. My university is not providing me attested copy of mark sheets. How I can get my mark sheet attested? Is there any way I can get my individual mark sheets attested? Please reply soon.
    Thanks

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