I’m going to tell you about American Universities and colleges where you can study for free. The first thing I want to tell you, there is no free education in the United States. Every single university will require you to pay something. They would have tuition and fee section on their website and they’d tell you that tution fee is for example $ 23000 a year or if we’re talking about a top university it goes up to $ 200.000.
American education system is good that they provide a lot of scholarships, assistanships to talented students. It’s possible to study for free. This happened to me when I got my full assitanship for MBA. I got it from the University of Florida. They provided me with assitanship that helped me cover tuition fees and housing and everything. But I didn’t take that offer and I decided to run my startup.
Today I want to share the names of those universities that provided financial aid. Also, I wanted to mention that there are certain profiles of students. It’s really hard for these profiles to get financial aid because financial aid is provided for special students, especially if we’re talking about mid-level universities they’re really interested to get, really talented, really bright students in order to increase their ranking because every single nationality will effect their profile.
For example, the university wouldn’t want to have hundred thousand Chinese students and 2 Russians or 2 Indians. This is why they try to diversify their portfolio and make the nationality mix as outstanding as possible because this affects their ranking. The higher their rank, the more aid they get from the state, the more aid they get from their donors like students who already graduated from the college and got a great job and they’re donating to the university.
Last year, United States welcomed 1 million international students and those were mostly Indians and Chinese. If you’re not from those countries, you have a benefit. For example, if you’re girl from Kazakhstan, or you’re a girl from Uruguay, you would be underepresented and every university would want to have a female because you know in America there’s quality and they’ll want to have 50% of males 50% females. They want to have people from every single country in the world not from just China and India. So you have a slightly better chance of getting in and the financial aid. On the other hand if you’re an Indian male with background in IT, they’ll be a bit tougher so your test results like TOEFL, GMAT, GRE have to be really high.
Talking about financial aid, first group of universities are universities first league. They’re Stanford, Harvard, you know all of the names that ring a bell in every single person’s head and they’re really high ranked and you’d get great job offers. These universities don’t consider your finacial abilities when accepting you. That happens is you apply to Stanford you get accepted to Stanford and then Stanford asks you how much your family makes per year if this nymber is below $ 65000 then Stanford is going to say “Hey, we’re going to provide financial aid”. If that’s above $ 65000 a year, they’ d probably tell you that you’re able to sponsor education yourself.
This is how it works with high universities. They don’t do merit based scholarship assistanship. I don’t say that they normally wouldn’t do them. They normally do financial based scholarships and assistanships So they would only consider your financial needs, not your mental abilities because if you were able to get into Stanford MIT, Harvard.
There’s no doubt that you’re really talented, really hard working. There’ s also another level of universities that don’t really ring a bell but which are also very good and really good in rankings but they would consider your application for different kinds of financial aid after assessing your mental abilities, your achievements, your work experience. If we’re talking about universities like University of Chicago University of Florida, University of Illinois, they’d give financial aid to best of the best. They have a lot of opportunities and those are scholarships if you get a scholarship you don’t really owe you just get the money and start studying.
If you’re getting an assistanship that means you have to work 10 hours per week. You’d be either helping a teacher during the lectures or doing some administrative work like filling in applications or checking applications from other international students. Assistanship means you’re doing something for a university. They’re pretty generous. They would also cover your tuition fees and give you money for living and for accommodation. These colleges would asses if you’re the best of the best and only the best of the best would get financial aid.
When applying, I would recommend you to pay attention to what kind of financial aid the university provides. If we’re talking about University of Florida, Michigan State University, University of Chicago, make sure that your application is brilliant. Also, it’s important to notice that PhD students get funded in 90% of the cases. If you’re applying for PhD program, no matter what university you’re applying to, you’d get all your costs covered by the University because when you’re doing your PhD it means you can give something back to the University. You can do some work and the university can pay you back.
When we’re talking about Master’s students, it’s possible to get financial aid but I can’t say that 90% of the students are funded. It’s possible and there are a lot of opportunities for graduate studies.
When we’re talking about undergraduate studies, Bachelor’s programs. This is a bit tough. My company helps people to get into American Universities and we have a couple of cases when student got assistanship during her Bachelor’s studies which is really rare because when you’re a bachelor student, you just got out of school you don’t know how academics work and it’s unfair to make you work 10 hours per week in addition to studying. Assistanship is not really common for bachelors but scholarships are the most common type of financial aid for Bachelor programs.
We have a student who got full scholarship to study in Yale. She was really brilliant. I’d say 5-10% of students get funded. You have to be really outstanding to get funded for your Bachelor. There are also colleges who provide financial aid for bachelors everybody. One of the colleges is Berea College. They’re actually state tuition fee is $ 23000 a year. They provide assistanship to every single student and you end up paying $ 1000 in tuition fees almost free.
There are plenty of those colleges make sure if you’ve been to the US on work and travel program, if you had any difficulties entering US, if you had visa refusals or if you been deported, I hope you haven’t been deported if you had any problems crossing borders with the States it might be possible to get your visa refused. If you’re going to almost free colleges, if you’re accepted to Stanford and Harvard I hope there won’t be any problems.
I’m not visa immigration specialist. I’m just talking about cases that we had. Make sure you haven’t had any problems with visas if you’re getting into that college which provides financial aid. To everyone, I also wanted to give you some numbers on how much universities actually provide Berea college, it is around $ 22000. University of Chicago is $ 48 000 and tuition fee is around $ 45.000. They partly cover you the accommodation cost. There are plenty of students who get all the costs covered. It’s worth trying to get to the University of Chicago. Yale provides $ 55.000 per year. Our student got $ 60.000 per year. She got her accommodation covered Duke University would provide 53 000 $ per year. The best thing is to ask a university how much they provide. They’d also have this information of the website.