@HKimPOSSIBLE graduated from high school last year, applied to multiple schools via the Common App, but decided to take a gap year as many of the schools he was accepted to did not provide sufficient financial aid to him (as he was considered an international student).
During the initial cycle, he was a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient so he was considered an international by many schools - and he would not receive a Pell Grant or MAP Grant (Illinois) despite graduating from an Illinois High School and living in the United States for nearly fifteen years.
During his gap year, however, he received his US Permanent Residency just in time to apply again via Questbridge as a domestic applicant. In addition to obtaining his green card, he continued researching Alzheimer’s and volunteered at the hospital among other things.
This October, he became a Questbridge Finalist, but unfortunately, did not match to any of the schools he ranked for the National College Match - all of which were extremely competitive in the first place.
However, after the National College Match, he was accepted regular decision to multiple schools. He was a 0 EFC student so most of his financial aid was fabulous - except the package from the University of Southern California, one of his “dream” schools (a California school pretty much), which asked him to pay nearly $15,000 including loans.
With the application season, it was now time to weigh his options. The best undergraduate school for him was the school that would best prepare him for medical school. He has a thought out plan in his head and is certain medicine was for him. That being said, he also applied to a few BS/MD programs - Case Western’s PPSP, Brown’s PLME, Northwestern’s HPME, URochester’s REMS, and WashU’s Medical Scholars Program, along with the GPPA Medicine program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Thankfully, he was accepted to UIC’s BS/MD program!
He had many other amazing options, including full merit scholarships such as Washington and Lee’s Johnson Scholarship along with some others from Bowdoin College.
He’s truly grateful for all the schools that accepted him and it was a difficult decision in the end, including giving up USC. That being said, he has committed to UIC and will be attending their BS/MD program which guarantees a seat at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
@HKimPOSSIBLE will be our Guest Student of the Week, so make sure to ask him all your questions!