It’s no secret that education in the US is one of the most expensive in the world. Even kindergartens, elementary and high schools can cost tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention colleges and even more so universities. Even for many Native Americans, sending their children to university is a pipe dream. To enter a higher education institution in the United States, you need special achievements, for example, in the field of sports, or really impressive academic achievements, including at the international level.
Despite all the difficulties of getting into US universities, not only Americans, but also many ambitious foreigners strive for this. Others are put off by the myths about the American higher education system, which is why they miss their chance to get the best education in the world. Meanwhile, like many typical American things, everything related to the US education system, although very complex and cumbersome, has many loopholes and opportunities in this complexity that you can use to your advantage. The flexibility of the system is exactly what makes it attractive to international students. And the most important element that should be paid attention by those foreign applicants who want to try their luck at Home of the Brave is scholarships. Moving to the US for studies can be the beginning of many major life changes, such as the start of an international career.
An academic scholarship is an opportunity to get a higher education for free or almost free of charge. The scholarship can cover all or part of the cost of education, while it is not equal to a student loan, which then needs to be “worked off”. American universities are interested in attracting strong students from all over the world.Most universities have their own fund of academic scholarships. Their size and requirements for applicants vary greatly everywhere. However, for international students, scholarships that are paid directly by the US federal government are of greater interest. This is due to the fact that when applying for government scholarships, the student is not tied to a particular university, in contrast to the case when an applicant applies for a place at a particular university.
Among the government scholarships for international students available in 2022-23 is the Fulbright International Student Program. It awards scholarships to approximately 8,000 students each year. In addition to the learning process itself, the scholarship compensates for the cost of textbooks, accommodation, air travel and even medical insurance.
Also of interest is the Hubert Humphreyscholarship and grant program for undergraduate students. It awards only about 200 scholarships a year, but their attractiveness is great: they cover language training, provide maintenance allowance, a subsidy for computer equipment, air travel and medical insurance.
All scholarships, both federal and from specific universities, are divided into general purpose, specialized and postgraduate scholarships.
Global UGRAD is a student exchange program initiated by the US Department of State. For those who pass the annually organized competition, not only study in the USA, which lasts a year, but also a scholarship become available.
Fellowship is a scholarship focused on the continuation of studies of university graduates who have shown good results. Thanks to it, foreigners can continue their studies at a master’s or postgraduate level, and engage in scientific research.
Grants are a good alternative to traditional scholarships. It is often easier to get them than a traditional scholarship. As a rule, grants are allocated within certain areas of activity and require recipients to report on their achievements. A number of universities offer large scholarships for international students. Among these programs are the Berea College Scholarship (covers 100% of the costs), the East Tennessee Community University Scholarship (covers 50% of the costs), Wagner University of New York Scholarships (for gifted students, the amount of coverage varies), University of the WestScholarship(covers the full cost of tuition, but is available only for students with high academic achievements), scholarships at Boston University.