A lot of intending international student are not aware of the abundant scholarship opportunities most US Universities offer its students.
Almost all universities in the United States received endowment funds from generous corporations or individuals. Recently, Bloomberg donated a whooping sum $1.8 Billion for student financial aid. These funds are used for either research purposes or to assist underfunded students who require some form of assistance either for tuition fees, research materials or living expenses.
I have asked a lot of international student and found out most of them do not know if they are entitled or qualified for scholarship, how to apply for the scholarship, and how to get resourceful information regarding scholarship. In order to educate all international student, I would take a few paragraphs to explain these scholarships and how you can tap in to the abundant wealth either as a prospective undergraduate or graduate student.
There are over 4,140 colleges and universities in the U.S., so if you’re still asking which school I should apply, then, it shows you’ve not done your homework. But don’t worry, I am ready to “baby” you through the process of finding, selecting and deciding on which school best fit your budget, interest or academic qualification.
Before, I move forward, I would love to let you know that there are tons of mushroom universities in the U.S. as well and they do not sit well with most Visa Officers (Its a huge red flag). I understand their admission process and requirement are not rigorous and they are quick to offer admission in as much as you have the necessary funds for the program. Let’s not forget that it doesn’t end at securing admission, you also want to be confident about visa approval with the said school.
Securing fully funded undergraduate scholarship doesn’t come easy. The requirements to secure such scholarship includes, acing the SAT/ACT standardized exam. However, there are universities and colleges that offer merit tuition scholarship for international students. The award varies from 30%-50% tuition waiver and the students are expected to foot the balance. Merit scholarship do not come with strict requirements, most times it requires a 3.0 GPA (WAEC O’Level result evaluation).
I personally decided not to give out schools that offer these scholarships, but I can’t hold back this one. Have you heard of Berea College? Berea College is located in Berea, Kentucky and offers 100% free college schooling. This includes, tuition, feeding, textbooks and accommodation.
Graduate scholarship usually come in form of a tuition scholarship, research assistantship, graduate assistantship or graduate teaching assistantship. Assistantship covers over 90% of the tuition and offer monthly stipend where beneficiaries are required either to work 10 or 20 hours per week. These scholarships are usually competitive, so one would have to up his academic qualification to be able to secure one.
Assistantship comes in two forms, full and half. The full assistantship offers almost 90% of tuition waiver and beneficiaries are required to work 20 hours per week to get the stipend while half assistantship covers almost 45% of the tuition and beneficiaries are required to work 10 hours per week in order to get the stipend.
Here, I am willing to give out schools with generous funding, but that would depend largely on your profile (academic qualification).
GRE/GMAT are for graduate students while SAT/ACT are to be written by undergraduate students. Universities in the U.S. most times request for this standardized test as a requirement for admission. However, I usually advice students to write one of the standardized exams as it opens doors for scholarship.
Requirements for U.S. Student Visa- F-1
- International Passport
- Sevis Fee
- U.S. Visa Appointment
- Bank Statement
- 2 White Background Passport Photo
- Other supporting documents.
If you have any questions regarding U.S. Student Visa, Admission, Scholarships / Assistantship, feel free to drop a comment.