"Safety Schools" for International Student Needing Financial Aid?

Question: Dear Dean,

I am an international student who will be applying this year to colleges in the United States. Unfortunately, my family requires full financial assistance to afford to send me to college. Would you advise that I apply to smaller Liberal Arts Colleges, or to larger Universities? My current college list is a medley of both of them.

I worry that LACs may not have the funding to grant me full aid, and that the competition for places at Universities (especially the ones that are need-blind for internationals) will lead to my being rejected. I fear that extensive financial need will be the Achilles heel of my application.

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