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Can I get a financial aid?

polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
So... I'm in a first year of high school and I was wondering if I could go to uni/college to USA. But the thing is that my parents are divorced and my mother's income per year is less than $10000. so yeah I can't afford it. is there any chance for me to get full financial aid as an international student? And if you could tell me as international students where and how did you get a fin.aid that would be awesome. And if you know, then tell me which universities/colleges offer fin.aid for international students.
BTW, I haven't taken SAT/ACT yet so idk how high my scores would be and my GPA for now is 3.57 and it's the worst I can get. I'm gonna do whatever it takes to make it better, so wish me luck! :D

Replies to: Can I get a financial aid?

  • yonceonhismouthyonceonhismouth Registered User Posts: 1,968 Senior Member
    As an international student, your chances for financial aid are extremely low- in addition to your low stats (which you can hopefully make better, but 3.57 is a very low start) it would be hard for you to gain admission to most US colleges. You might have a better chance with lower-tier, less selective US colleges.

    What about your home country's university system doesn't work for you?
  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    As I said, 3.57 is the worst I can get. I assumed that I would get it if I suddenly stop studying and only get bad grades. I can do better :) And universities in here are not bad, but not brilliant as well :/ I wish you could tell me one thing - how to calculate GPA? I did it somehow but i'm not sure if it's even correct. I have really good and "impressive" grades comparing to my classmates. And you say it's low :O Or just kids in here are dumb af.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,510 Senior Member
    edited April 13
    Don't calculate your GPA as numbers don't match - numbers have a cultural value. Keep yourself in the top 2-3 of your class.

    Prepare for the sat or act. Work very very hard at it, using khan academy, Erica melzer 's books - you can get a full ride but only if you score better than 98% Americans. Since you're a freshman, you have plenty of time to start practicing.
  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thank you :D if you have any more tips for me to follow I'd be unbelievably grateful. Have a nice weekend :)
  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    GUYS! I have now ofiacially my GPA considered as 3.75. It's way better, isn,t it? I also wanted to ask about extracurricular activities. Since my school doesn't offer plenty, what should I do? Extra classes at my school are mostly for students willing to pass tests which they couldn't take before due to their absence, and that's the piont of those classes. I'm confused :/
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,510 Senior Member
    edited June 30
    Ec's aren't classes. They're activities you do outside of class (and, preferably, that you're good at.)
    Yes 3.75 is very good.
  • OttermaOtterma Registered User Posts: 1,035 Senior Member
    edited June 30
    Don't worry about whether your ECs are part of school. Think about some of the non-school things you already do for fun: sports, play an instrument, etc. This is also a good time to start thinking about a community service activity you could become involved in.

    Keep in mind that enrolling as a full time undergraduate is just one way to study in the US. Alternative paths are to enroll in colleges at home that have study abroad programs in the US or to attend graduate school in the US after getting your degree at home.
  • PheebersPheebers Registered User Posts: 575 Member
    ECs don't have to be school related and frequently aren't. They can be a job, or a hobby, or a volunteer position, or a club sport, basically any way you spend your time that's not in the classroom. Do something you're passionate about, don't just pick a random thing you think will look good. Colleges can tell.

  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    OH! Good to know. To be honest, I do pretty much a lot outside the school and starting September I'm gonna take some classes (I'm not sure if I can call it that, but never mind). That's gonna be English (which I love obviously), Physics (also enjoy, and, what saddens me, my school is poor if it comes to that and I want to gain some moreeee knowledge) and one more language. I'm fluent in polish, english is also pretty good ;), I've been learning german for 4 years now and since that's not enough I was thinking about starting a journey with another one. I thought Spanish would be great, but I haven't decided yet.

    Next thing is that I got really involved in volunteering, mostly at such events as Science Day, etc.

    Additionally, I'm in high school with elements of community college. That's the easiest way to describe this ;)
    It's just a high school but we have extra classes, if it comes to me I chose logistics (also in english and german *.*) and I'll have some kind of certificate at the end. I hope that can be considered as doing something more :D

    I'm grateful if you still read it :D

    If you have any more tips, pleaseeeeee, let me know :)

    Love you all xxxx
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,510 Senior Member
    You don't need to add Spanish. However I'd recommend you take subject tests in Geman to show proficiency.
  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    What I meant about taking Spanish is that I want to do it for myself, for my own improvement, you know what I mean :D Not only because of college :D

    Another thing I forgot to mention is that I will be having some kind of month long "internship" and I was already thinking about working on the airport. I hope that will also matter during aplication :)
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,218 Senior Member
    edited July 14
    Yes internships and work will count as extracurricular activities (EC's) But MYOS is right that you should consider taking some SAT II exams - that will look good on your application, and you will need every advantage if you require a lot of financial aid.
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 2,462 Senior Member
    The only college search engine I am aware of that has international financial aid information is Big Future.

    Go to https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

    Click on Paying
    Move the top slider to 80%, and uncheck the tick box to include schools that don't report financial information
    In the second to last section, check the box for international aid

  • polishgirlxpolishgirlx Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Thank you all! And so, if it comes to Sat Subject Test - I was considering taking Mathematics and Physics, and maybe German
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,510 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    Take German to show proficiency considering its a subject you took at school (in addition, it is the only subject test that functions like an AP, IE., if you score high enough you get placement and college credit), Physics because you're interested in engineering, and math2 if you think you can get a near perfect score. German is important because most international stem applicants don't have a humanities subject test.
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