Financing U.S. Study

U.S. Life: Savings Tips

Entering a U.S. college or university? Congratulations!
Wondering how you’ll afford U.S. life? You’re not alone. We’ve gathered dozens of ideas and resources to help you through your international experience in the best possible financial health. Also see our Living in the United States resources page for links to sites that can help you save during your travel and U.S. study.

Tuition

To save on tuition after you’ve started college, explore the possible existence of merit scholarships awarded for high grades. Some state institutions offer out-of-state tuition waivers under certain circumstances. Some institutions offer scholarships or tuition reduction to students involved in cultural or leadership programs. All of these possibilities can save thousands of dollars—research them.

Many U.S. undergraduate programs will award credit toward your degree for successful completion of examinations demonstrating your mastery of college-level knowledge. While some of these tests, such as the Advanced Placement examination, need to be taken during secondary school, others, such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST) typically can be taken and accepted for credit at any point during your enrollment. All AMIDEAST EducationUSA centers can administer CLEP and DSST tests, and many colleges and universities have also have test centers that offer these tests. Speak to the admissions office at your school about policies and local test center availability.

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Resources on Funding U.S. Study

Below are links to some additional useful sources of financial aid information available online. See also our U.S. Life section for some strategies and resources to save you money during travel and/or once you arrive in the United States and our Fields of Study section for resources that may exist for students in particular specialities.

Funding for U.S. Study. Excellent source for locating the hundreds of grants specifically for international students awarded by governments, foundations, and international organizations. Searchable by country/region or field of study. Institute of International Education.

Higher Education Funding Opportunities in the Arab World. Database of higher education scholarships and opportunities from local and regional sources within the Middle East/North Africa has been produced by Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Covers the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. Searchable by type of support, field of study, level of study, and student country.

College Board Scholarship Search. For U.S. and international undergraduate students, lists about over 2,300 scholarships, internships and loans drawn from the College Board Scholarship Handbook.

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More Questions and Answers on Funding U.S. Study

Start with our page on , which covers the most important information on this subject.

Below are the additional questions that we’ve researched so far related to funding U.S. study. We regularly add new questions we’ve responded to on this subject, so check back for more.

If you have questions not currently answered on our site, please write us.


What are current average U.S. tuition costs?

 

What is “out-of-state” tuition?

 

I’ve heard that it’s less expensive to attend a community college for my first two years of undergraduate study. Can you tell me more about this?

 

What are the trends in the United States regarding aid availability for different fields and levels of study?

 

What are the different types of U.S. university aid for undergraduate students?

 

What are the different types of U.S. university aid for graduate students?

 

What are some ways that I can earn credit toward an undergraduate degree before I actually enter a U.S. college?

 

I have U.S. citizenship as well as Arab citizenship—does this make a difference in my financial aid chances?

 

Can I get a loan to help pay my tuition?

 

Can I work while I am in the United States?

 

I saw an advertisement offering “guaranteed scholarships.” Is this for real?

 

I read in the materials of the college that I’m interested in that they do not have aid for international students. I do need aid, but I’m an extremely good student—should I apply to this institution anyway?

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Funding U.S. Study: The Essentials

Education is an investment in your future that can bring great returns. U.S. study offers more choices than any other educational system, allowing you to match your future plans closely with your curriculum.

To be able to make the investment in U.S. study, smart planning is the key—you need to do research to identify U.S. funding possibilities that match your own needs and strengths.

Below are some suggestions and strategies to help you get off to the best possible start in funding your U.S. studies.

Planning

Begin researching the costs of your planned program well in advance. All U.S. universities and colleges can provide an estimate of tuition and living costs at their particular institution. Both tuition and living costs can vary widely.

Aid availability also varies and can make a big difference—don’t assume an institution is too expensive without checking how much aid is available to international students there.

Be sure to consider the following types of expenses:

  • College and university application fees
  • Fees for standardized tests
  • Tuition
  • Required fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Housing and meals
  • Books and supplies
  • Health insurance
  • Clothing, recreation, incidental expenses

If you plan to study in the United States for several years, consider how you will fund the whole period of study.

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Funding U.S. Study

Education is an investment in your future that can bring great returns. U.S. study offers more choices than any other educational system, allowing you to match your future plans closely with your curriculum.

To be able to make the investment in U.S. study, smart planning is the key—you need to do research to identify U.S. funding possibilities that match your own needs and strengths.

Below are some suggestions and strategies to help you get off to the best possible start in funding your U.S. studies.

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Financing U.S. Study

These articles for students from the Middle East/North Africa examine U.S. study costs and planning, strategies and resources for finding financial aid, and ways to save while you are actually in the United States.

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