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a question about financial aid for international transfer student

george945george945 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
Hi everyone! I am a international student in UCLA and want to transfer to stanford. I do need to some financial aid, such as $20,000, to support my study in Stanford. However, from the website, I know financial aid will be a factor in admission evaluation. Does that mean if I don't apply for financial aid, I will have high chance? If it does, what should I do? Thank you.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,487 Forum Champion
    Why do people who NEED FA ask if they should apply for FA?

    If you don't apply for FA, and then you get accepted, then how will you pay?

    Stanford is "need aware" for int'ls.

    No one has a "high chance" no matter if they apply for FA or not.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    If you currently can afford UCLA, what has changed with your studies for you to want to transfer to a more expensive school?

    Most schools do not offer significant aid for students who transfer in after freshman year.
    Most schools do not offer significant aid for international students.
    Combine the two, and don't expect enough to pay for books.
    :(
    I found this on the Stanford website.
    Lots of information for applicants there.
    If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, your request for financial aid will be a factor in our admission evaluation. Because of the limited financial aid resources available to international citizens, Stanford can offer admission with financial aid to just a small number of international citizens each year. International citizens who indicate on their applications that they will not be applying for financial aid and subsequently are admitted are not eligible to apply for financial aid at any time during their four years at Stanford.

    In case that wasn't clear enough- if you need aid- apply for it.
    If you don't apply for aid at time of application- you cannot apply for aid later.
  • george945george945 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    @mom2collegekids
    I know what you mean. If I know applying for FA will lower my chance to get the offer, I won't apply for FA since I think I have other methods to solve the problem, such as getting a loan. Maybe this is the reason why many people ask the same question again and again. Anyway, I still apply for FA since transfer acceptance rate of Stanford is quite low-about 4%. If I am admitted, I think Stanford will give FA since they think I am competitive.
  • george945george945 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    @emeraldkity4

    The cost for UCLA in a whole year is about $50,000, while that for Stanford is about $60,000. That is a big difference for an international student, if I finish my undergraduate degree in Stanford. Anyway, I read your quote before. What is your understanding about "financial aid will be a factor in our admission evaluation"? Does that mean if I don't apply for financial aid, I will have high chance? Thanks!
  • george945george945 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    @mom2collegekids
    I know what you mean. If I know applying for FA will lower my chance to get the offer, I won't apply for FA since I think I have other methods to solve the problem, such as getting a loan. Maybe this is the reason why many people ask the same question again and again. Anyway, I still apply for FA since transfer acceptance rate of Stanford is quite low-about 4%. If I am admitted, I think Stanford will give FA since they think I am competitive.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid Posts: 83,487 Forum Champion
    You will not have a "high chance" for admittance if you don't apply for FA. No one has a "high chance" for admittance unless they're terrifically hooked.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 27,692 Senior Member
    Apply for the aid. It isn't just Stanford you need to worry about, there also is US immigration. Changing universities will mean that your records will be looked at again when you renew your visa when you are home on vacation. Remember, if the visa officer doesn't think you have enough money, you won't get that visa.
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