hello thank you for doing this! Do you know any international students? Ive reached a dilemma. Stanford has always been my dream school but Stanford admits barely any Canadian International students, so to have a chance I would probably need to apply REA and ask for no financial aid (since stanford is need aware for international ppl). The problem with this is that I don’t want to put the burden of that much money on my parents since many banks or gov probably wont provide that large of a loan to an education outside of canada (Even if I were to be able to take out that loan I would be in debt for like decades).
I am unsure whether I should apply to Harvard REA (or other schools that are need blind to international students) because I would rather be at Stanford for almost every reason.
Ultimately my decision on which school I should apply REA /ED to is crucial since most schools admit the majority of international students then and i heard a rumour that it is much harder to get in RD. For me, this processes is highly stressful and I am not sure if I want to chose my dream school (stanford) and have a larger chance to get in (by asking for no financial aid) or another “elite school” that i will be more indifferent abt and probably less happy at.
I dont think that my ECs or test scores are good enough to get into Stanford with that much financial aid (my family income is basically to the point of free tuition).
Do you have any suggestions how I could approach this?
(btw for schools like Harvard, there’s a lot more Canadian students . tbh im not sure why but its probably due to loan policy)