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Good but cheap colleges

espressopatronumespressopatronum Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
Are there any good colleges in the US that I can afford with a budget of about 10-15 thousand dollars a year (all costs included in this number)? I hate that I need to ask this question, but unfortunately it is what it comes down to for me. I have pretty decent academic results, which I am working hard to improve even more, but as an international student from quite a poor country, my family budget is heavily limited. Thanks for your help, appreciate it :)
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Replies to: Good but cheap colleges

  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 18,922 Senior Member
    It is likely you'd need some merit aid with that. Look at the public schools in the south or the colder states in the north. U of Wyoming, U of South Dakota have good rates for out of state and international students. U of New Mexico too.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,239 Senior Member
    If you have the grades and the test scores, University of Montana or Montana State College may offer you enough financial aid to fit within your budget. Both are located in very pretty areas - if you like mountains.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,264 Forum Champion
    You would need a tremendous amount of merit aid which is very hard to come by, especially for international students. What are your academic statistics? Often the most cost effective option will be to attend college in your home country.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,896 Senior Member
    Echoing some of the above, and adding to it.

    - South Dakota Mines is an excellent school and cheap for OOS (out of state) students. I'm unclear if that's the same rate as for international. Excellent engineering eduction.
    - New Mexico Tech is similar to SD Mines.
    - Also I'd look at U of Wyoming
    - University of Maine at Orono is a very lovely school and they've offered blanket scholarships to students who are US citizens. You may want to send them an email to see how their FA works there. For US students the costs are about $15K.
    - I'm unclear if they extend the same FA to Int. Students as to US citizens, but Beloit is very cheap for some income levels. You may also want to check out Earlham -- excellent education at a lovely school and sometimes offers very good FA. Again, I'm unclear about Int. Students.

    - Are you female? If so, then you may want to look at Mt. Holyoke and Bryn Mawr. Both schools welcome int. students and seem to have given aid to them in recent years. They both offer exceptional educations and both are part of consortia, which allows you to take classes at several top-notch schools, with free transportation.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,749 Senior Member
    I'd have to ask what your objectives are.

    For instance, there are tuition-free unis in Europe. Some of them offer majors taught in English.
  • espressopatronumespressopatronum Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you all for your replies! Now to answer some of the questions asked:

    @happy1 Yes, I am aware I would need a huge amount of aid, but I was hoping there are some colleges that have like special scholarship programs for internationals. As for my academic statistics, I have a perfect GPA, class rank 2 out of 220, 105/120 TOEFL, 1410/1600 SAT (taking it one more time, hoping to raise this score a bit). By the way, I come from Serbia, and colleges here are not so good tbh. They are cheap, though, but not something I would be satisfied with.

    @Dustyfeathers Thanks a lot, man. I'm gonna check all of those schools for sure. As far as I know, rates and FA opportunities for OOS are most of the times much better than those for internationals. I hope some of these schools that you listed will suite my family budget.

    @PurpleTitan That is a really good question, glad you asked. I'll try to answer it shortly. The biggest reason why I'd like to study in the US is because of the sports. There are very few colleges in Europe offering sports at the same level as in American colleges. However, I will not be able to apply for an athletic scholarship, since I have no big results, no high ranking, not many tournaments won, and so on. What's more, the schools I've been considering are all D3 schools, so no athletic scholarships whatsoever. But I was talking to some coaches, showed them my video, and they all told me my level is more than good enough to get me on the team. So if I decided to study in Europe, I would need to give up the sport. Even then, since I am from Serbia, which is a non-EU country, rates for non-EU citizens at most of the colleges can go way over my budget. Moreover, it is not easy to find majors in English in non-English speaking countries - for example, Germany is a cheap and pretty solid place for studying, but 90% of undergraduate courses in German colleges are not offered in English, but only in German. So there's not much you can choose from. On the other hand, studying in English speaking countries (such as Ireland or the UK), is most of the times too expensive again. But if you know any good colleges in Europe that offer majors in English, I would really like to hear about them. Thanks again!
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 4,379 Senior Member
    One issue with any university in North America is that you also need to account for the travel costs.

    The least expensive universities in Canada will be only a little bit higher than your $15k US dollar number (noting that the Canadian dollar is a bit weak right now). However, travel and books and a laptop and winter gear need to be considered, and you would need to go with one of the less well known schools. You might for example look at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I do think that you would need some merit aid to get it down to $15k per year even without travel costs.
  • prezbuckyprezbucky Registered User Posts: 4,296 Senior Member
    Some private schools offer very strong need-based aid to international students. Here are a couple of links listing them.

    http://thecollegematchmaker.com/65-colleges-give-generous-aid-international-students/

    https://lendedu.com/blog/international-students-financial-aid-study

  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,749 Senior Member
    What sport do you play?

    Being a recruited athlete may help with regards to fin aid at DivIII schools.
  • espressopatronumespressopatronum Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @PurpleTitan I'm playing tennis. Can you please explain to me how and to what extent could this help with fin aid? Thanks:)
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 11,749 Senior Member
    If the DivIII schools meet full financial need for some internationals, they would most likely do so for those kids who bring something extra (like being a recruited athlete for a sport).

    You can tell the coaches what your family is able to pay and say that for you to be able to attend their school (and thus play on their team), you'd need your full financial need met.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 18,922 Senior Member
    I disagree with @PurpleTitan 's reasoning. Being a recruited athletic can give you a push to get into the school. Once you are in, you will receive the same FA that other international receive at that school with similar stats or financial need. If it is based on merit, you'll need to have the same statistics that others receiving that financial aid get. If it is based on need, you'll receive the same aid others with your same financial circumstances receive. If you want money for athletics, go to a D1 or D2 school.

    The NCAA doesn't allow schools to favor athletes in Div 3 past admissions, and schools have been reprimanded for giving more aid to athletes when compared to the rest of the student body.
  • espressopatronumespressopatronum Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @twoinanddone What would you suggest, then?
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,239 Senior Member
    ^^ That you not count on your sport to get you more financial aid ;)

    Look into the schools listed above. Also, use a search engine such as princetonreview, collegeboard, niche or cappex to look for private colleges and universities where your SAT/ACT scores and school grades put you in the upper percentiles of admitted freshmen. (This information is listed on school websites.)

    Finding financial aid for international students is difficult. Plan to spend a lot of time online.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,219 Senior Member
    If the college is D3 / meet full need for internationals this student would have a push for admission and then get the financial aid he needs.
    So, this student should be in touch with coaches, with a well edited video presenting what he can do and all his stats, starting with NESCAC.
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