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International Student looking for full ride

gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
Hey guys, I'm an International student from Nigeria. I'm looking for schools that could potentially offer me full ride or full tuition. My parents can only afford $2000, so financial aid is really important.

My extracurriculars are: Press club (editor in chief), chess club(won a local tournament and reigning female champ in school tournament), student union government(for five years running. I'm always a leader in my ECs), lots of national math olympiad medals, school awards.

GPA: 3.6

Rank: #4/75

I got accepted into the 2017 Yale Young Global Scholars program(Frontiers of Math and Science) but I'll probably not attend because of $$$

I haven't taken the SAT yet but I'm aiming for 1500-1600 and I'm 100% sure I'll reach it.

My intended major is Electrical and Computer Engineering, but frankly, I can do anything from math to creative writing(my passions, so why not?)

I'm interested in schools with ROTC(yes I know the limits for international students) but it's not that important.

I'm not picky about schools, at all.

I'm also interested in outside scholarships for international students(not art or photography)

Anything would be awesome. Thanks!
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Replies to: International Student looking for full ride

  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,168 Senior Member
    Do a google search and a list of schools will come up. Just to warn you, in the US a 3.6 isn't going to be a high enough GPA to get you what you are looking for. Perhaps that's the highest grade your school gives, so of course that could be very important to your situation.
  • RMNiMiTzRMNiMiTz Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    @gigichuck
    I'm interested in schools with ROTC(yes I know the limits for international students) but it's not that important.

    Honestly, looking for schools with ROTC really hinders you. It restricts the number of colleges (especially lower ones) and also benefits you in no way (international students can only do the first two years, while being unable to commission).
    I'm not picky about schools, at all.

    Your best bet is to search google.

    For example

    http://www.uh.edu/tieronescholars/eligibility/

    You could probably get that if you got 1500+ on the SAT.
  • paul2752paul2752 Registered User Posts: 4,417 Senior Member
    How much can you pay per year?
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,087 Senior Member
    I am curious why you are interested in ROTC?
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    @Lindagaf Our school curriculum is extremely rigorous, probably the most rigorous in the country, the #1 has a GPA of 3.7.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    @b@r!um I want to join the Air Force, but never mind about that. Okay, so no more schools with ROTC.

    Also, I want to apply to just one Ivy League, so which one do you guys think would be the best in terms of FA and possible acceptance?
  • liteneasyliteneasy Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @gigichuck 1) you should most definitely attend the Yale young global scholars program..you should ask Yale for aid/ tuition waiver and /or crowd fund ( Go Fund me or similar sites)..
    look @ below link for inspiration
    http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/achievers-kanpur-to-mit-the-inspiring-journey-of-ayush-sharma/20150421.htm

    2) in terms of your GPA most colleges/universities weigh your grades in the context of your country/ background/curriculum/examination board...

    3) if you get a good SAT score as you intend to, you have very high chance of being accepted into a top school with scholarship/aid ..so do your best..also look up the admission requirements at colleges you intend to apply and take any additional tests as may be required ( SAT subject tests etc)


    a good CC post to refer to below in the context of scholarship/aid ..
    http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/safety-schools-international-student-needing-financial-aid/

    4) Applying to just one school may not be a prudent thing to do, given the number of qualified applicants to all these schools .. if it is not affordable to apply to many schools, please be aware you can request waiver of application fee.

    https://appsupport.commonapp.org/link/portal/33011/33013/Article/758/Common-App-fee-waiver

    Also there are colleges which dont charge an application fee..many of them top liberal arts colleges and many of them also give generous aid to admitted international applicants( though they maybe need aware for international applicants)

    https://www.niche.com/colleges/rankings/colleges-with-no-application-fee/

    wish you the very best and i hope you attend the Yale global scholars program !!!
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    @liteneasy the crowdfunding sites don't work in my country, deposit deadline's 24 hours ago. I actually got a $4500 tuition waver, but I still can't pay the rest. I'm over it btw. I guess life's like that.

    I wasn't planning to apply to just one university, I meant just one Ivy League. MIT was my dream, but they don't give a lot of financial aid.

    Current school list:
    U of Alabama
    Howard
    Minerva at KGI
    NYU Abu Dhabi (maybe)

    How do selective schools see competitions vs ECs like clubs? I only do math olympiad, but I'm heavily involved in activities at school, whereas my counterparts do like 5 competitions a term. It's unsettling.
  • liteneasyliteneasy Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @gigichuck that is really unfortunate that you have to miss the YYGS due to financial circumstances....MIT is one of the need blind institutions ( per Common data set report they have published almost 72%of their international UGs receive financial aid) , if you get good SAT scores, and ace your essay and manage to secure good teacher/counsellor recommendation you have a bright chance... so you should apply..
    competitions- if you win them probably they would be a demonstration of talent, ability and clubs etc are EC. The relative weightage for Test scores, GPA, EC , Talent / ability etc for a specific college is documented, in the common data set if published by the College..
    Again colleges will review your application in the context of your background and circumstances,and opportunities available to you as well as your interests and passion.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    What about community colleges, anyone? Are any community colleges likely to give an international student full ride?
  • NerdMom88NerdMom88 Registered User Posts: 737 Member
    Community colleges are already much lower in cost. There are the same federal and state grants available to CC students, but they would not apply to you. Many community colleges do have scholarship opportunities, but my guess is that most, if not all, of them are for in-state residents. In fact, many CC scholarships apply only to residents of the city or county, or someone going into a certain field of study.

    You could investigate a few CCs though; they may have private scholarships without those restrictions. Every CC would be different.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 29,291 Senior Member
    edited May 5
    Community colleges do not give any scholarships to international students AND prevent them from getting a full ride/full tuition merit scholarship once they transfer (transfers get lousy aid in the first place and international transfer students get nothing.)
    The best bet is to get the highest possible score and apply as 'first time in college'.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    Does anyone get full ride to University of Alabama? Or is it just full tuition?
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