Many scholarship consultants talk freely about ‘full scholarships’ whereby a student-athlete’s costs for tuition, food and housing are all covered, but the reality is these types of scholarships are only awarded to student-athletes with the absolute highest levels of academic and athletic capabilities. Also as attractive as a full scholarship may sound it could be at a university that doesn’t match your criteria at all and in fact you could have a much more enjoyable experience at a school that you do have to contribute some cost towards.
Over 900 U.S universities offered international students’ scholarship awards of over $10,000 per year last year alone. Of these 900, 195 offered scholarships of $20K-$30K per year, 80 offered $30K-$40K, 105 offered $40K+ and 183 offered a ‘full ride’. About 10% of international undergraduate students report a university scholarship as their primary source of funding
Steps for funding U.S Study
Funding options include: Personal and family savings, scholarships from U.S universities, scholarships from external funding bodies and loans from a U.S or UK lender. Applying for funding often happens simultaneous to the admissions process. U.S universities award funding on the basis of financial need and/or scholarships, as well as sports scholarships.
The availability of U.S-based loans for non-U.S citizens is limited. In almost all cases, U.S-based loan programmes require non-U.S citizens to have a creditworthy U.S citizen or permanent resident to act as a co-signer. However, UK citizens may apply for a personal loan from a UK bank and apply it toward U.S study. Please note, U.S citizens can apply for U.S government loans via the FAFSA website and may be eligible for loans from a private lender based in the U.S.