RP Insights: Debunking Myths about International Students and Financial Aid
There is a lot of noise and incorrect statements made online that may dissuade international students from believing there are financial aid opportunities for them at top universities. At RoundPier, we have compiled and continue to update a list of top universities and their official policies and financial aid opportunities for international students, which you can find here.
Below are a few myths, and the facts.
- “Only few top colleges provide financial aid to international students”: this is not true. There are close to 60 colleges that can provide full or close to full rides based on the research RoundPier has conducted (and there are more that will be added).
- “You have to be world class to get into a US university with financial aid”: well, it does not hurt if you have a medal from some International Olympiad but there are well over 5,000 students today getting in and receiving either full or very significant financial aid.
- “Surely, I can get into second tier US college with my stats and extracurricular activities”: there is no such thing as a “safety” school for international students requiring financial aid. Even if your SAT and GPA are well above the range of a particular college, do not expect to get in and receive financial aid as many colleges base their decision on resources available to the applicant. For example, a student with a lower SAT score from a region where even taking a test is an issue may have an advantage over others.