Groomed in a British curriculum?

<p>I was wondering what are the chances for me who has been educated in the british system getting into a descent college on a descent scholarship(middle class family). Ive done my IGCSE's( I got 1 astar 5a's and 3 b's and was ranked number 1 in my year), ive done my AS levels(I think ill get around 2a's and a B) i got average SAT scores 630 math, 600 writing, 560 critical reading and im a strong participant in all school activiteies. Generally, Im ranked highly in my school( probably top 2%) and would have strong recommendations. What are my chances basically and what are the chances of those in my position. PS Im doing my SAT2's in a few months and i expect scores above or around 650 in each section.</p>

<p>What are your expectations of a "decent" college (selectivity, location, size...) and a "decent" scholarship? And more importantly, are you an American (citizen or permanent resident) educated in Britain or an international student?</p>

<p>The term "middle class" is not too informative. In the US, the middle 50% of households earn between $22,500 and $75,000 per year. In that income range you would most likely qualify for need-based aid at "decent" private colleges (if you are an American and not an international).</p>

<p>If you don't qualify for need-based aid, you would have to look for merit aid. However, your SAT scores are too low for "decent" merit scholarships (half tuition and more) at first and most second tier colleges (by US News definition of tiers). If you are an international, merit aid will be even tougher to get.</p>

<p>If merit aid does not work out, you can also look at public universities which charge less tuition than private ones. According to Collegeboard, there are 111 public universities with out-of-state tuitions less than $10,000 per year.</p>