Financial Aid

While it is easy for most domestic students to obtain some form of Federal (Government) Aid or university aid for their Bachelor’s level education, it is most often very difficult for international students to obtain aid in any form at Bachelor’s level. Hence, it is imperative that students who are financially sound or have brilliant academic background (including top-level scores in TOEFL/IELTS and/or SAT I and II) to consider further education at the bachelor’s level.

However, at the Master’s level, aid in several forms is available for international students. Almost 78% of students at the Master’s level in US universities get funding in some form or the other.

Most Doctoral level applicants get a complete tuition waiver along with a stipend or scholarship while pursuing their PhD programs in universities abroad. It is also possible for some universities to provide just the admission and no funding at all, based on their financial constraints and funding availability.

Applicants looking for aid are required to apply well before financial aid deadlines, with proper application material, College Application Essays, Recommendations, transcripts and other specified requirements, as prescribed by universities individually.

Many students are concerned with the high costs of studying abroad. The cost of education could be anywhere between USD 10,000- USD 50,000 per year, depending on the program, level and country you choose. In addition to the tuition fee, students also need to plan for funds towards living expenses, books, health insurance, air tickets, transportation, etc.

Finances are a major source of worry for students who wish to study abroad and their parents. However, there are several funding options available to students these days. Some of the options are listed below:

  • Scholarships/Fellowships/Grants
  • Tuition Waiver
  • Assistantships
  • Administrative internships
  • Program related internships
  • Bank loans

From 2008, USIEF has also introduced the Fulbright Master’s Fellowships for Leadership Development designed for outstanding Indians who are in the age group of 25-30 years, to pursue a Master’s degree program in select US colleges and universities in the areas of Public Administration, Economics, Communication studies and Environment.

For more details, see: www.usief.org.in

It is important for students to understand that financial assistance for international students is often based on merit and rarely on need.

Scholarships/Grants/fellowships

Scholarships/Grants/fellowships are generally based on the student’s academic ability and his performance through the years. Hence, only an academically outstanding student may be considered for this type of an award. These are awards where there is no repayment involved or work to be done in return. These can be Private or Public and research grants. This type of aid is usually in the form of money for any purpose.

A Scholarship can be of two kinds:

  • Full – The Scholarship would pay for the student’s entire tuition fee; living expenses his books, etc.
  • Partial – Scholarship would pay only for tuition fee. The student will have to provide for partial funding through other sources.

For information on Scholarships/ Grants and Fellowships, see: www.fastweb.com

Tuition Waivers

A tuition waiver is a form of aid where the student need not pay the tuition fee. Again, the tuition fee may be fully waived or partially waived, depending from university to university.

If the tuition fee is waived, the student has to still pay for use of other facilities like, library, computer Lab, Lab services, etc.

Tuition waivers are generally awarded along with /Grants/fellowships. Tuition waiver is provided by the college/university in the form of Institutional Aid.

Assistantships

Assistantship is a financial aid given by the college/university. It is usually in the form of a cash stipend, sufficient for the student’s living expenses and/or tuition waiver, in return for which the student will have to work (generally not more than 20 hours per week).
There are two types of Assistantships:
1. Research Assistantship – it is usually granted by the respective departments in the university. The student will be assigned to a professor who will give him/her tasks related to a research project he/she is working on. 2. Teaching Assistantship – a student is asked to assist a professor in teaching. For this type of assistantship, the student should have good command over spoken English. Hence, his/her score in the Spoken section of the TOEFL is a very important criterion.

It can be understood that these types of aid are provided to students who have the requisite abilities in the respective areas of study/research.

This type of aid is provided to Master’s and Doctoral level students who are expected to teach undergraduate students or assist their professors in research.

Administrative internships & Program-related Internships

Administrative internships – which are similar to Assistantships, where students are expected to work part-time under the university’s Administrative officers.

Program-related Internships – These can enable a student either to earn money or gain academic credits for the work done.

Who List of Students Succeeded in Getting Scholarships

Name University Course

Status

Tution Fees Scholarships
Received
Dubbanmardi Saurabh Western Kentucky University MS Computer Science I-20-Spring $17,824.000 $8300
Tiwari Prachi Western Kentucky University MS Computer Science I-20-Spring $17,824.000 $8300
Aditya Uppukonduru Indiana University BS Computer Science I-20-Spring $19,034.000 $3500
Gunnam Srinivas Dominican University I-20 $13,680.000 $1100
Dudella Harish Kumar Anand rao Western Kentucky University I-20 $17,824.000 $8300
Mangipudy Abhishek Univ Of Missouri I-20 $14,890.000 $7760
Paladugu Sushma Chowdary Florida International Univ. I-20 $14,290.000 $17098
Nadiya Lakhani Salem International University I-20 $11,760.000 $4000
Chandra Kaushik Reddy Western Kentucky University I-20 $17,824.000 $8300
Kusula Naresh Yadav Univ of Southern Missisipi I-20 $13,753.000 $20122
Veenarai Moram Fairleigh Dickinson university I-20 $16,882.000 $6000
Deekshitha Dontamsetti NYIT I-20 $22,000.000 $12000
Deepthi Mantri South East Missouri State University MBA I-20 $7,125.000 $3000
Preethi Naidu Salem International University I-20 $14,520.000 $4000
Anand Gundawar Gannon University MS Electrical Engineering & Communication I-20 $13,440.000 $1000
Preethi Gandavarapu University of North Dakota MS Mechanical Engineering Admit Letter $5682.33/
Semester
Duddu Laxmi Lamar University MS Electrical,Electronis & Communication I-20 $9,720.000 $6004
Lalith Kiran Somu South East Missouri State University MS Industrial Management I-20 $7,506.000 $2000
Perali Raghava Krishna Loma Linda university MS Physical Therapy/Therapist I-20 $6,528.000 $1530
Srinath Yaddla Southeast Missour iState University MS Industrial Management I-20 $7,506.000 $2000
Chinnakotla Naresh Kumar Lamar University MS Computer Science I-20 $9,720.000 $6004