Scholarship Requirements in USA for International Students

29.1.15-scholarship requirements in USAThe big “American Dream” is not only about excellence in life and neon illuminated casino corners—it even implies to education. Every year number of international students line up in American universities to be a part of their world class education. However, this dream has a high price tag that may cost deep in your purse. And for students born outside the United States, scholarships can be an invaluable help toward achieving that dream. Whether you are a born American or born at some remote corner of the world, American education system believes in providing opportunity to everyone to fulfil their dream.

The actual target audience of these scholarships is international secondary school students from any country. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or dual citizens of the U.S. are not eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to international students who have overcome various obstacles and challenges as well as those from diverse and under-represented global and socio-economic backgrounds.

• A minimum 3.8 GPA equivalent (or in the top 10% of graduating class) for 9th-12th grades

• A demonstrated commitment to leadership, volunteerism, community service and to advancing the needs of people in their home country

• A minimum 95 TOEFL iBT, 600 paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 IELTS band score

If you are applying to an American university as an international student, you need do some very thorough research on colleges and financial aid opportunities at EducationUSA. This service of the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education is a great source for a ton of online information. A frequently updated list of financial aid opportunities is also available. This also includes a guide advising centres in countries around the world, where you can meet face-to-face with experts in your country who can help you search schools, translate information, and learn about your options.

Most colleges and universities in the US have scholarship programmes specifically designed for international students attending their institutions. The University of Oregon awards more than $1 million each year to students born outside the United States.

These resources are extremely useful in helping with your education in the United States, no matter where you’re from; there are also scholarships specific to your country or even your gender.

How to apply

All graduate school applicants need to show their interest for Merit Assistance when they apply to one of the graduate programmes in the US universities. Currently enrolled graduate students must complete the “Application for Graduate Financial Awards for Currently Enrolled Student,” which is available in the Admission Office of every university.

While applying for a scholarship one should remember merit award consideration is highly competitive and the number of scholarships available is also limited. Generally, only one-third of all admitted international students received merit awards, which ranged from $ 6,000 to $30,000 per academic year. These funds are renewable for all four years of study based on successful continued academic performance.

There are 17 countries where the Aga Khan Foundation has a presence, and if you are pursuing graduate or postgraduate education, you can apply for Foundation’s International Scholarship Programme, though note that awards made through this programme are 50 percent scholarship and 50 percent loan, so you will have to pay part of the award back over time.

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