I just finished my junior year of high school in India. I'm looking to apply to a few American colleges. What are my chances of making it and receiving good financial aid?
I just took the SAT yesterday. I'm expecting >1540. I'm planning to take SAT Subject Tests in Math 2, Physics and Chemistry later this year. I'm taking 5 APs (Physics Mechanics, Physics E&M, Chemistry, Calculus BC, Computer Science) over the next two weeks and expecting 5s in all of them.
I took English, Maths, Science, Social Science and Hindi till 10th. Science and Maths were probably at a Honors level (based on comparing my coursework with friends in the States).
I'm taking Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science and English in 11th and 12th. These are all at the AP level or higher except English. I'm also preparing for the JEE(Advanced) and am wondering if it's possible to use this to indicate that I'm doing higher level coursework though not as official courses?
-Selected for the National Talent Search scholarship, an award given to 1000 students each year based on performance in an exam. Finished in the top ten in the regional round.
-Selected for the KVPY Fellowship with an All India Rank in the 350s.
-Represented my state at the National Anveshika Experimental Skills Test conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT).
-Finished in the 99th percentile in my state in the National Standard Exam in Junior Science (NSEJS), the first stage of the IJSO selection process in India.
ECs and Community Involvement:
-Led my school's Technology club in 9th grade, which was a completely student-driven initiative. We organised the annual IT Fair.
-I am a coder and have built an app aiming to streamline the process of reuniting lost people with their family. The app is currently in the prototype stage.
-Worked with an organisation involved in empowering children to solve environmental and civic issues for four years. Implemented solutions to waste, water and garbage issues in a government school.
Intended major: Computer Science/Physics. I also want to have the opportunity to study the humanities.
Financials: My family's annual income is roughly 43000 USD. I am the only child and both my parents have Masters degrees. Anything above 20k per year is probably not affordable for me. Hence, financial aid is critical.
Colleges I'm interested in:
Highly selective: MIT, Caltech, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, UPenn, Cornell
(Slightly) more realistic: UCLA, UCB, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Harvey Mudd, UIUC
I'm worried that my grades are not top-notch and my ECs might not be the most impressive. What are my chances like?