Saturday, January 9, 2016

Scholarships For International Students- All To Know

There are several resources available to international students to explore for scholarships, and there are also several services that charge students for right to use to their scholarship database or to conduct a scholarship search on a student’s behalf. If you have the time and obtainable resources, most of the scholarship searches can be done online with ease.

For international students hoping to study in the US, scholarships are priceless towards funding your goals. Whether you are doing first year, a student at the end of graduate school, or just returning to college for a new year, there is monetary aid.

Ask Your School
No matter where you live or go to school, first contact your school’s financial aid office. Most schools suggest scholarship programs especially for international students. Check out your school’s financial aid website or call/email the office for more.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?
Your eligibility for a scholarship relies wholly on the scholarship; there is no common rule on whether you are qualified for a financial aid. Some scholarships need students to have a definite TOEFL score; some ask that you are from a certain nation; some want you to have a specific grade point average. Do your own research to find out your eligibility.

How do I apply?
There is no firm rule on how to apply. While some only need you to fill an application form, others may need a specifically written piece of work, or for you to be pursuing studies in a specific field. If you find a scholarship, contact the award overseer of that award. Scholarships are absolutely great, as they are basically free, as you don’t need to pay a scholarship back ever.
Now you need to be cautious of scholarship scams which can destroy your dreams of getting education in USA. The best way to protect yourself from a scholarship scam is to know what the main scams are and how they work. Here are some things to know which can safeguard you-

Money up front/ Application Fee- Whenever you apply for a scholarship never pay an application fee or send money up-front. You don’t have to send money to obtain a scholarship. Asking money from you is wrong.

Loan Fees
Be careful of companies that ask for a loan fee before they give out money to you. Real loan companies add fees to your loan amount which you reimburse over time and never make you pay upfront.

Guaranteed Scholarships
Never trust those who advertise that guarantee to get you a scholarship. They will ask for a fee and may even present a money back guarantee but will certainly not get you a scholarship. Genuine services will never guarantee.

Company/ Scholarship Names
If you see a scholarship service/company using words like "official", "national", "state" or other official sounding names be wary. They are most possibly trying to cover up the scam.
Keep yourself well-informed and be cautious when you apply for scholarships. Ensure that you are eligible and chase your dreams of getting education in USA.

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