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International Student looking for full ride


Replies to: International Student looking for full ride

  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 3,087 Senior Member
    "MIT was my dream, but they don't give a lot of financial aid."

    MIT is also extremely academically demanding. It is a huge wake up call for many of the students who go there.
  • schoolfeesschoolfees Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    My advice is to apply to as many schools as you can afford. On a side note, most of the Ivy league schools , if not all, are need blind even to international students. Try to excel in your school and apply to the schools that you are interested in. Remember the golden rule....safety, match & reach. A lot of schools have scholarship set aside for international students of exceptional talent even state schools... yes state schools.
    Make sure you have a 'killer' personal statement and be thorough in your application. Take Sat and at least 2 Sat subjects if you can. Remember to detail in your extra curricular activities not just your academics.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,464 Senior Member
    UAlabama has full tuition for internationals. Full ride is for NMF's (citizens).
    MIT has extremely generous financial aid, so if the NPC indicates you have to be full pay or close to it it means you should be able to afford public flagships.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    "MIT is also extremely academically demanding. It is a huge wake up call for many of the students who go there."

    Yes. That is not a problem. You should see my high school curriculum.

    @schoolfees Let's say at this point that I can only afford to apply to 4 schools. That doesn't leave a lot of room for reach, match, safety, especially since "safeties" aren't likely to give full ride.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,831 Senior Member
    Here are two old lists worth looking at. Check each website to find out if the scholarship still exists, if it is full-ride or jut full tuition, and if it is open to international students. In the past, some of these did meet your criteria.

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,464 Senior Member
    Apply to one university with guaranteed full ride for your current stats, two competitive full rides, then one.
    However if your family makes less than 40K for a family of 4 you get a fee waiver to apply through commonapp.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    Is it possible for an international to get a SAT fee waiver?

    @MYOS1634 What about a CSS profile waiver?
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    Okay. Never mind lol I just googled it.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,464 Senior Member
    ^you can get commonapp fee waivers. For the CSS Profile, you can individually request a waiver from each college, some do provide internationals with a waiver.
  • MrduqueMrduque Registered User Posts: 333 Member
    @MYOS1634 The common app fee waiver isn't available for internationals outside US. In my case, I had to ask each college individually so I would expect OP doing the same.

    @gigichuck To have some metric while you take the actual SAT take a practice test. You should wake up on Saturday/Sunday morning and prepare yourself just as you would do in the actual test, find a quiet space and time yourself accordingly. Usually, practice test can predict your performance (in a relatively acceptable scale)

    Attend to the Yale program the fundraising idea mentioned above it's pretty good. That program can help you to get a boost I'm you application.

    There aren't really too many outside scholarships for internationals, your​ best bet is institutional financial aid and scholarships.

    MIT is one of the most generous universities in the United States.

    You should contact the Education USA office in your country they offer opportunity funds (money to pay for tests, application fees and sometimes airfare for low income students who are likely to get full financial aid in the US)

    I hope this helps.
  • chungho98chungho98 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    I think having to give up the Yale Global Scholars is a pretty sad situation, but could provide you a really great material for an essay. To me it sounds like if you always had an extra hurdle over others - normally getting accepted should be the hard part and after that it should be just an happy ending, but for you, paying was another struggle. Even holding a crowdfunding campaign, which is normally a desperate last measure for most, was denied. Basically most US students with enough education to be accepted to a prestigious summer school are capable of paying a few thousand dollars of tuition. To compare you with them would he very unfair, and admissions officers to prestigious US universities know that very well.

    And I personally think there are some advantages to such hardships. It forces you to be capable of reaching an extra mile. Not a very comparable example, but when I was in my korean flute class, I had to practice using one with a broken blow hole for a while (each ones are really expensive/hard to find as they are mostly hand made, so I had a hard time finding the money to get a new one.) It was really hard to even make a sound out of it other than windy noise, but I eventually made it till the test, played a song, and still got an A- for still having that windy sound.

    A while after the test, I bought a new one and found out that I could play it from any angle, in any magnitude or speed. When playing this flute, keeping a posture is normally the hardest part because that type of flute was generally very difficult to blow properly. But that was no problem for me because I could literally play it even upside down or while walking. Using a f-ked up flute worked as an advantage for me eventually. I am probably the best in my school, won a few contests and such.

    If you write well about always having that extra hurdle, and struggling to overcome those, maybe you can pull a nice story out of it. Many say that getting accepted to top US colleges are like winning a lottery, but that's only for the moderately qualified, but nevertheless uncompetitive applicants. Being a top of your country's most competitive school is one thing, and overcoming poverty/background is another. I have a feeling that this might really work well to Ivy schools which would love to find people who are going to be "leaders" in every field - being an international applicant could help in that sense.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    Thank you! *cries a little

    Are there colleges that let you screenshot your SAT so I can bypass the cost to send SAT scores?
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,364 Senior Member
    I haven't heard of any... but given how easy it would be to cheat via the screenshot means, I doubt anyone would accept them. That's why it's done through an independent company: to cut down on the odds of fraud.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,464 Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    @mrduque : I'm very sorry if that wasn't properly done for you. Yes, international students whose counselor indicates they qualify under one of the items listed, qualify for commonapp fee waivers.
    @gigichuck : your guidance counselor needs to upload any test score taken during junior year upon your transcript, and add your senior year test scores either on the senior year transcripr or as 'optional report ', indicating that's where they are. Most commonapp universities will accept these in place of scores sent by the college board. Some universities, especially public universities with guaranteed merit scholarships, don't, but it'd greatly increase your chances if your guidance counselor agreed to do it this way.
  • gigichuckgigichuck Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    @MYOS1634 The SAT isn't exactly a national exam or something so it doesn't show up on the transcript, so technically there's no space for it.
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