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Should i apply early decision?

TuyTuyTuyTuyTuyTuy Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
I know that you have to go to the school you were admitted on early decision. But if i get accepted to need blind school and get full ride, i do not need to worry about the cost to attend since im gettin full ride, right? (I do not have that much $) So since the acceptance rates of early decisikn tend to be higher than the regular admissions, should i try out for early decision? Has any intl student done this b4? Wut was ur experience? Thanx guys

Replies to: Should i apply early decision?

  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 7,780 Senior Member
    edited July 14
    Dont apply ED if you don't have the money to attend. They can't guarantee funding for you at that stage of admission.
    If you are rejected, you can't try to enroll through RD. They will be done reviewing your case.
  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 17,560 Senior Member
    edited July 14
    As an International student, you probably have around a 1% chance of getting a full ride at any ED school. If you are in need of a large amount of financial aid, you need to be able to compare offers from several different schools. You should only ED, if the school is your ultimate first choice, it is affordable and you are willing to attend regardless of what FA package you get.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,089 Senior Member
    edited July 15
    It appears that many colleges defer most-if-not-all international financial aid ED applicants to the regular pool.

    How can you be so sure that you will receive a full ride? You will likely be admitted with less. (Even if you were granted a 0 EFC, the college would sum up how much money you could theoretically earn by working a part-time job during the school year and a full-time job during the summer. Finding those jobs and figuring out how to save enough money while also covering your own living expenses in the summer will be your problem to solve.)
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,089 Senior Member
    And of course they could give you a significant amount of aid in the form of loans. How much debt are you willing to take on?
  • TuyTuyTuyTuyTuyTuy Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    @b@r!um @Gumbymom i am an international student. lets say I get accepted to need blind schools like MIT, Yale, and Princeton. In that case, since my family's income is less than $30k, I will get huge FA or full ride, am i right guys?
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,089 Senior Member
    Like I said, a family contribution of $0 does not necessarily translate into a full ride. I am not familiar with the current financial aid policies of any particular university, but here's a package that would meet your full need with no contribution from your family:

    Cost of Attendance: $60,000
    ___________________________________________
    Student Contribution from On-Campus Jobs: $2,400
    Student Contribution from Summer Jobs: $3,000
    Institutional Loans: $5,000
    Institutional Grants: $49,600

    If you have any amount of savings, you'd be expected to use those up as well.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 3,913 Senior Member
    The key thing is that every college gets to define what 'meets full need' means. The EFC is a guideline, not a promise. The school that accepts you will evaluate your finances- income, property, everything- and decide how much *they* think that you can pay. Every year many students (domestic and international) get 'full need' packages that require them to pay more than they believe that they can afford.

    But, if you apply ED, get accepted and the financial aid is not enough for you to attend you do not have to attend.
  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 17,560 Senior Member
    @TuyTuyTuy: You say that you are in need of a full ride, but can your family pay anything towards your college costs? What is their income? Colleges such as Yale, MIT, Princeton will determine if your need based on the financial information you provide as stated by @collegemom3717 and @b@r!um. I have seen your other posts and based on your current stats, I would not count any even getting into any of these schools let alone getting a "full ride".
  • paul2752paul2752 Registered User Posts: 4,422 Senior Member
    No, no, no....you are thinking too naive.

    When the school says they meet 100% need of international students, that doesn't mean "we are going to accept every poor international students." In fact, it's quite the opposite: Less you can afford, less likely you are going to be accepted. They can't accept every financially struggling student, otherwise they will run out of funds too fast.

    Therefore, you will have to be much more competitive compared to other international/domestic students(depends on how admission handle the students) to get in first. And after you get in, they are going to offer you financial aid/merit scholarship package(if they have one, though Ivy leageus don't) based on how much THEY THINK YOU NEED, not YOU think you need. A lot of people, both international and domestic, misunderstand the last part.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 215 Junior Member
    Question: Does the same apply to SCEA? Are international students more likely to get deferred if they apply SCEA?
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 10,671 Senior Member
    Depends on the school and how you look at the numbers -- what does "more likely" mean? If your chances shift from 99% likely to be deferred to 97.5% is that at all meaningful?
  • TuyTuyTuyTuyTuyTuy Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    @gigichuck what is SCEA?
  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,294 Senior Member
    edited July 16
    SCEA: Single Choice Early Action. You can apply for earlier action but to only one school (Harvard, Princeton, Stanford,,, have SCEA). You are not required to attend a SCEA school if you are admitted to.
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