Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Archive
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The main sources of funding can be the following:
• funding provided by student's home country
• financial aid provided by colleges and universities
• financial aid provided by various funds
• financial aid provided by the U.S. Government (student exchange programs)
• lending, loans
Colleges and universities can provide financial aid in the following main formats of scholarship:
• MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS - based on students' academic achievements, regardless of their financial situation
• NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS - taking into consideration studentsâ€™ financial situation but also strongly depending on their academic achievements
• ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS - scholarships for considerable achievements in sport
In the USA, there are only a few so-called "need-blind admission" universities, which make decisions about enrolling students on the basis of numerous documents, test results, in some cases - interviews. These decisions do not in any way depend on financial aspect, i. e. on the students' capabilities to pay for their education. All these colleges and universities are quite prestigious, so to enter them and obtain financial aid from them, students need to have an extremely high academic potential and demonstrate expertise in different aspects of science and culture, as well as community involvement. Here are examples of such universities:
1. Amherst College (Amherst, Massachusetts)
2. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
3. Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
4. Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
6. Dartmouth College (Concord, New Hampshire)
You also need to keep in mind that the competition for university financial aid is very high. International students compete not only with students from other countries, but also with American candidates. Only those who have outstanding proficiency in English and excellent academic record can claim financial aid.
Yes, there are scholarships which are called athletic, or sport, scholarships. They are awarded for achievements in different (although not all) kinds of sport. The process of applying for and obtaining this type of financial aid is quite complicated and can take a lot of time. Meanwhile, it can require submitting additional documents (a sportsman's profile, video materials, etc). It is also necessary to keep in mind that the most important role in obtaining such a scholarship is played by the coach.
Here is the list of the websites that will help you to find answer to the most urgent questions related to the search of universities that award athletic scholarships:
Best sport colleges and universities links
Banks in the U.S. give student loans to citizens of other countries only if they have a co-signer who is an American citizen who will be responsible for paying off the loan if you are not able to do it yourself. An alternative to this option can be taking a loan in your home country or searching for a university that awards scholarships to international students.
A university can give a scholarship for one academic year with the option of renewal for the whole period of study. The only requirement is that the student has to have good academic record during all these years to deserve the scholarship. The decision on scholarship renewal is made every year on the basis of the student's academic achievements and recommendations of his / her teachers - or coaches, if the scholarship in question is awarded for sport activity. It is also necessary to consider general financial situation of the institution, which can change with time and depend on the economic situation in the country.
You need to study very carefully the requirements of the institutions you are applying to. Keep in mind that the standard list of the documents required for applying to colleges and universities in the USA can be found on this website in the "Useful information" section: http://www.vco-edusa.net/rus/info_2_0_7.html. In addition to this standard set of documents, you need to fill in a financial aid application form (or forms) and send it (or them) to the special department that deals with financial aid allocation. Make sure that you meet the financial aid deadline. Many colleges and universities that offer need-based financial aid will accept the so-called CSS Profile - a standard form developed by the College Board. If this is the case, there will be a link to this form on the university's website. There is also a group of universities which have developed their own forms to be filled in. You will find these forms and instructions on filling them on the websites of these universities.
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