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Are you planning to make an application for U.S. College, but you need financial aid?
Let's see the chances for it.
Start your financial planning as early as possible. Each year international students receive significant amounts of financial assistance for their studies. However, competition is high. Applications for financial aid go together with applications for admission.
When looking into studying in the United States, evaluating your finances should be one of the first things you do. As with any investment, you must determine what's best for your educational and career goals and what you are willing to spend.
U.S. institutions offer many programs with a wide array of tuition and fees. Find information about unique opportunities and financial aid provisions that U.S. higher education institutions offer international students, such as scholarships, in-state tuition benefits, waived application fees and deadlines, and similar requirements.
Keep in mind that the United States is a large country, and the cost varies significantly from place to place. You need to assess your funding and what you can spend on your education and living expenses.
Beginning your studies at a community college is often a great way to save on funds as tuition costs tend to be lower. Furthermore, many four-year colleges will accept transfer credits from community colleges, allowing students to complete the "2+2" model whereby they spend their first two years at a community college -- earning an associate's degree -- and then transfer to a four-year institution to complete their bachelor's degree, often saving thousands of dollars. Some community colleges have articulation agreements with specific four-year institutions that further ease the transfer process. While some community colleges offer financial aid to international students, it is less common than in four-year colleges.
Assess Personal Funds
Start by evaluating how much funding you or your family can provide for your education. If you are planning to apply for financial aid, note that general financial aid amounts are based on the difference between the college cost and what your family can afford. Understand that most scholarship awards cover only part of the total educational and living costs and may not be available to first-year international students.
How can you reduce your educational costs?
Research a wide variety of community colleges
Think about applying to colleges in areas of the United States that have a lower cost of living, such as in the South or the Midwest or more rural areas of the country
Attend a community college first and then transfer to a four-year school to complete your bachelor's degree
How can EducationUSA Advisers help you plan your expenses?
Advisers can help you distinguish yourself in a highly competitive applicant pool to better compete for admission with financial aid. Advisers can access resources that help you learn about scholarships and new programs. Advisers also share current information about financial assistance.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.