fees & costs
For most international students studying in any country, tuition fees will be the main expense. The majority of overseas students studying in the USA will have to pay international fees.
The average costs of study in 2011 per year, as reported by The College Board, are as follows (all figures in US$):
- Two-year, public community colleges: $2,963
- Four-year, public institutions, for out-of-state students: $12,526
- Four-year, private institutions: $28,500- $40,000
You will also need to take in to account the costs of applying to US institutions; the average cost is between $35 and $75 per application.
Funding options include:
Financial help and scholarships
Funding from universities and collegesAlways conduct careful and thorough research into the institution you are interested in. Be sure to tell the admissions office your country of citizenship and request to receive information on what financial aid is available to students who are not of US-citizenship.
Sport scholarshipsSome universities and colleges in the US offer opportunities to students who have demonstrated gifted athletic achievements by inviting them to represent the college in their desired sport as a means of paying for their education.
Here is a list of useful websites that contain information on sport scholarships:
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Scouting Report
In some limited circumstances, you may be able able to get a loan to fund your tuition and fees. You will usually be required to have a US citizen co-sign the agreement and act as a guarantor. You will also, in the majority of cases, need to be enrolled in a US institution prior to applying for a loan.
If you hold a US passport you may be eligible to receive federal funding for your education. Please visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website for more information on financial support.
You can see a list of links to find out more about the financial aid opportunities for international students here.
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