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This is How Much Money You Need When You Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“One thing I’m concerned about,” an incoming student told us several weeks ago, is “whether there are any hidden costs that you can’t really find out about unless you’re there.” He was worried that, even if he was able to cover his tuition at an American university, he might still end up in financial trouble thanks to […]

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Could Financial Aid Stop Me From Transferring to My Dream School?

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 9:47 am

Dear Thuy, On behalf of the MBA in Design Strategy faculty I am pleased to offer you admission to the California College of the Arts (CCA) for the term beginning this fall 2012. Your application to the graduate program was selected from a strong pool of applicants. We believe the world of business is changing […]

10 Ways Being a Student in the US is Different Than in Russia

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Being a student in the U.S. is different in a lot of ways than what I experienced back in Russia.  Classes are taught differently, schools are run differently, and grades are doled out differently – some for the good and some for the bad.  Here are the top 10 things I’ve had to adjust to […]

How Much Does it Cost to Study in America?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that each Friday we search the entire internet (from “a” right through “∞”) to find online events and webinars happening in the upcoming week that you might want to attend. Well, we couldn’t find any for this week (and we even searched all the way […]

Are You Optimistic or Pessimistic About Financial Aid?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The New York Times’ “The Choice” blog has been holding a Q&A about financial aid, and we asked their financial aid expert (Mark Kantrowitz of finaid.org) whether he had any advice for international students. He gave a matter of fact (and not-so-rosy) picture of what foreign students can expect in terms of assistance: Before a […]

Finding the Net Cost of College

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 12:16 pm

All U.S. universities are now required to provide net cost calculators on their website, which estimate what a prospective student can expect to pay using estimates of total cost and potential financial aid. But, here’s your friendly reminder that (like the Department of Education’s net cost lists) this tool is not optimized for international students. […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

How I Made Myself a Good Candidate for US Admissions (and Other Advice from a Successful Applicant)

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:10 am

In the summer of 2007 I, a high school graduate in Russia, spent hours on the Internet in search of a cheap summer school in the United States. I had been studying English for a couple of years, but I never had a chance to practice it with native speakers. Summer school seemed like a […]

Side by Side Comparison: Top 10 Cheapest Colleges for Foreign v US Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 10:29 am

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a great new website, the College Affordability and Transparency Center, designed to help students get information about the cost of an undergraduate college education. One of the neatest features is a little tool that lets you look at lists of institutions with the highest/lowest tuition and highest/lowest net […]

Top 5 Informational Posts: Start Here

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 8:44 am

The final, and possibly most important, of our recaps looks back at the most informative posts we’ve done over the past year. If you’re just discovering this blog or just starting to think about studying in the U.S., these posts will be a good way to start. Top 5 most informative posts: #1) Applying to […]

Follow a Mongolian Student Through the Admissions Process

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 11:34 am

The New York Times has spent the past few months following the journeys of several high school seniors as they apply to college for a series called “The Choice.”  Somehow we missed this before, but one of those students is an international student from Mongolia!  In her series of blog posts, Uyanga Tamir has written […]

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Another Myth Dispelled: Americans Don’t Have to Worry About Paying for Education

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Before coming to the U.S., I had the myth in my mind that American students are all rich financially and can afford a college education very easily. Or if American students are unable to pay their fee then having an American nationality solves all their problems and government provides them free education. I also thought […]

Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

Saving Money with Community Colleges

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 11:41 am

Starting at a community college and then transferring to a 4-year institution can help international students save money and ease into American-style education, according to EducationUSA advisor Lubna Anwar in an article for Pakistan’s Express Tribune. http://tribune.com.pk/story/78277/community-colleges-an-affordable-springboard-to-educational-success/

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Recap: Exploring Financial Aid and Funding Options

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 11:55 am

How do you pay for your U.S. education?  Should you apply to a selective exchange or study abroad program?  Look for scholarships?  Take out loans?  Will you get your aid from the U.S. government, your school or a private company? There are many options and many decisions, and this month our bloggers spent some time […]

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