An Invitation for International Students to Attend College in America
If you’re an accomplished student who has completed high school in another country, have you considered attending college in America? Chances are that you have. As you know, there are hundreds of excellentAmerican colleges and universities, far more than in any other country in the world. And the value of an American education is unequalled on the world stage.
Yet if you’re not an American citizen, attending college in the United States can seem like an impossible dream – especially with the high cost of tuition at American colleges and universities.
But don’t give up hope. There really are ways to attend college in America and pay for it too. Let’s take a closer look.
Getting Into an American College or University
Many American colleges and universities are eager to welcome students like you. After all, you bring an international and varied perspective to their campuses and classrooms. So your first step is to investigate American colleges and universities, if you haven’t already.
Start with MyUSearch.com, our favorite website for researching colleges and financial aid. This college-search site is unique and very user-friendly. Its online search function even calculates your need for financial aid and pinpoints colleges that you should investigate.
After that, you can do some college hunting on more mainstream websites, such as The College Board and U.S. News. But be aware, MyUSearch is a lot more user-friendly than either of those bigger sites, and much more tailored to the needs of international students.
You Can Also Jumpstart Your American College Education by Studying Online
If you want to start taking American college courses today – even if you have never set foot in America – there is a way, thanks to StraighterLine.com. You can take StraighterLine online college courses and transfer the credits you have earned earn to hundreds of American colleges and universities, thanks to the ACE program.
You can also take courses at StraighterLine and then begin studying at one of StraighterLine’s Partner Colleges. They are all excellent American colleges. Many of them allow you to complete some or all of your college studies online. The result? You can start studying at an American college without worrying about immigration, relocation or housing. Bear in mind, however, that some of these schools do require a certain period of residency on campus. So as you make your plans, be sure to check out their requirements carefully. You can learn more about them right here on the StraighterLine website.
How to Afford an American College
Let’s assume that after following the steps outlined above, you have identified a college or university that interests you. Now, how are you going to pay for it?
Your first step is to talk to a financial aid officer at the college or university where you might apply. He or she is your first source of information about financial aid for foreign students at the school.
After that, be sure to check out some or all of the following sources of financial aid for foreign students who are interested in studying in the United States:
- American Association of University Women (scholarships for women)
- American Councils for International Education
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars
- Institute of International Education
- International Education Financial Aid
- International Scholarships
- International Student Loans
- International Student Scholarship Search
Welcome to College in America!
So is attending college in America in impossible dream for international students? Not at all. If you check out the resources we reference above, the education of your dreams at an American college or university could be yours.
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