<p>Maybe Cornell changed their policy. At one point, they may have been need-aware for int'l students. </p>
'Also at most schools on his list, as an international student if he does not apply for financial aid as a freshman, it will probably be highly unlikely that he will get it in subsequent years.'
<p>I think what Sybbie means is this.... IF a student does not apply for FA as a freshmen, then the school will not award FA later. </p>
<p>For instance....some families have $50k saved. So, they think....hmmmm, we'll not ask for FA when we apply, so we'll have a better chance at acceptance. We'll spend the $50k the first year, and then ask for aid later. Some schools are on to that game - so, if you don't apply for FA the first year, you won't get it later (unless the family breadwinner dies or something like that). </p>
<p>My family cannot pay the ENTIRE tuition fee, but if an aid of more than 30% is given, things look fine.</p>
<p>When you say "tuition" - do you mean the entire COA? or just tuition? </p>
<p>Even if you only need 30% (which is about $15k for a COA of $50k), a state school isn't likely going to give you that UNLESS it's a state school that gives good merit scholarships to int'l students. Most state schools are not going to give an Int'l student $15k in financial aid. </p>
<p>For instance, Berkeley, GT, Purdue, and UMich are not going to give you FA.</p>