Paying for College

Scholarship for International "A" Student?

Question: I have straight As in GCSE O/A LEVELS

Sat 1 =pending (giving it in jan )

Sat 2 =pending (giving it in june )

Ielts=pending (giving it in dec )

I wanna get some good scholarship in good US university. Plz help me.

“The Dean" receives hundreds of queries from highly qualified international students who seek scholarships to U.S. colleges and universities. And even for those with perfect grades, these can be hard to come by.

If you're seeking financial aid from a U.S. school, the “average" admitted student statistics (grades, test scores, etc.) don't apply to YOU. Your “numbers" will probably need to be higher than the norm … higher, too, than those of classmates or fellow countrymen who have been admitted to those same institutions but without asking for aid.

So, although your grades so far are excellent, your standardized test scores (SAT or ACT, and TOEFL or IELTS, if English isn't your first language) may play a starring role in your admission outcomes. It's impossible to predict your chances or direct you toward appropriate college choices without test results.

Even if you're applying to one of the very few U.S. schools that is “need-blind" for international students (i.e., they don't look at how much money you'll require when making acceptance decisions), you still must have super-high statistics because these colleges (mostly Ivy League or highly selective liberal arts colleges like Williams and Middlebury) are extremely hard to get into for everyone and are always flooded with applications from abroad.

If your college application includes atypical accomplishments (e.g., achievements in athletics, arts, sciences or, ideally, in a unique area) or if your background is unusual (you may be the child of royalty … or of paupers), this could work in your favor, too. It also helps if you come from a country that doesn't send a lot of students to the colleges that you're pursuing. In other words, the more you stand out in a crowd, the better your chances are that college admission officers will want to fund you.

Once you have test scores, you can use the College Board's search engine to find colleges that offer financial aid to international students. Go to: Look for the heading that says, “Paying," and—under it—be sure to check the box that says, “Financial aid available for international students." Again, keep in mind that, if you are seeking financial aid, your best bet will be to choose colleges where you will be not be equally qualified as the majority of other applicants but MORE qualified.