If you want to study in the states but don’t know where to start, we’ll help you out. While the process might seem complicated and tedious, there are shortcuts that you can take if you are truly interested in achieving your goals. But first things first, before even talking about the application process, let’s talk reality: the biggest problem U.S. international students have is… money!
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition undergrads had to pay for the 2015-16 academic year was $43,065 at private nonprofit institutions, and $23,776 at private for-profit institutions. However you look at these numbers, this idea will involuntarily pop up into your mind, “how can I survive these costs?”
We have the solution! Since internationals are not eligible for federal loans without a co-signer, the only thing they have left is applying for student scholarships! Here are some of the best ones to consider.
- The Preply Scholarship
This is an essay contest scholarship in which three students will win and thus be awarded a scholarship of $2,000 (each). In order to be eligible, students must be of ages 16 to 35. In order to enter the competition, students must submit a 500 words essay (tops) on the importance of multilingualism to personal and professional development. The essays will be posted on Preply.com and receive votes from users. The three essays with the highest number of votes win.
- The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship
One of the best scholarships for college students aimed at students studying any subject at an American participating college or uni (there are 57 of them at the moment). The scholarship was created as a means of expressing diversity, integration, friendliness, and commitment to student development. To enter the competition, students must submit either an essay or a video demonstrating their passion for intercultural experiences.
As a side note – to get such a great scholarship, you must study well and have good grades. In order to have excellent results, you must devote time to studying those educational subjects. However, make sure you don’t forget about your health! In the end, that’s the most important, as you won’t be able to go anywhere or do anything without being in a good shape. If some type of problem arises and you are unable to study hard and apply for millions of scholarships at the same time, then check with expert essay writers who are willing to help you 24/7. Your health always comes first – always!
- The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
This is a scholarship given to any passionate student twice per year. The scholarship is worth $1,000 and the eligibility requirements are: to either be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the U.S., be a full-time undergrad student in good academic standing, and apply for a study abroad program at your university. To apply you must write a 500-word essay and submit it on their website. The best one wins.
- The AAUW International Fellowship
The American Association of University Women is a scholarship created for full-time female students interested in studying or involving in a research program in the United States. The eligibility requirement is not to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The scholarship is valid for both graduates and postgraduates.
- The Mastercard Foundation Scholarship
This is a scholarship aiming to develop Africa’s future lead generations. The program will provide academic, financial, and social support for African students wanting to study abroad. Financially, students will benefit from tuition, accommodation, and book costs covered.
- The Abbey Road Summer Scholarship
If you are interested in literature or passionate about the arts, the Abbey Road Summer Scholarship might be your chance to get funded. Being worth $1,000, the scholarship will help students travel to the U.S. to continue their studies after high-school. Eligibility: students should be of ages 14 to 18 and have a high GPA. The same program offers another $500 level summer enrichment fellowship. There is another scholarship available on their website, called the Green Ticket Scholarship.
- The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright scholarship program is specifically designed for students at a Master’s or PhD level interested in pursuing further education in reputed U.S. universities. The scholarship covers everything, including tuition, health insurance, living stipends, airfare, and other related costs.
Work hard, play hard, but make sure you stay healthy! Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can and remain patient. If you must go to the states, you will, don’t worry! Keep your head up and heart strong. Good luck!
Frank Thompson has been studying in the US for a long time and is now traveling the world. His education helped him develop compassion, love, and devotement to teaching students new languages. His books have helped hundreds of people get out of their comfort zone and face their fears. Thompson resides in New Zealand at the moment.