If you have completed high school in your country, you may be interested in coming the U.S. to begin universities studies.
Begin research as early as possible. Some scholarships and grants are available only to students applying from their home country. You might also investigate all possible home-country sources of funding. Tuition is only one of many expenses you should expect when studying in the United States. Other expenses may include the following:
- Application fees;
- Standardized test fees;
- Travel expenses;
- Living costs (including room and meals);
- Books and supplies;
- Health insurance; and
- Incidental expenses.
You may need to combine several sources of funding to finance your education in the United States fully.
If you have completed a baccalaureate degree in your own country, you may be interested in studying for a masters or doctoral degree in the University States.
Graduate students should begin the application process 18 months before the intended date of study. Ideally, you should begin to plan and research financial assistance at the same time as—but certainly no later than one year before—the school year begins. Use the steps below as a guideline for applying for financial assistance:
- Identify and target possible resources;
- Request information;
- Organize and complete application requests; and
- Return completed financial assistance applications well ahead of the final deadline date indicated on forms (these dates may be much earlier than regular application deadlines—as early as 8-9 months before classes begin).
Remember, competition for grants is keen in the United States; an incomplete, tardy, poorly written, or messy application could cause your application to be rejected. Plan ahead, prepare carefully, and follow instructions! Take the time to prepare a qualified request for financial assistance and send your complete application—including application fee, transcripts, standardized test results, letters of recommendation, and essays well ahead of the deadline.