Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
Three critical items for families to keep in mind as they begin this process:
1. Students and families should study the financial aid pages on the websites of the colleges and universities they are considering. Colleges and Universities are usually the best source of high-dollar financial aid. Be aware that some universities will automatically consider all applicants for financial aid when they apply, while others will require additional applications for financial aid.
2. To receive federally subsidized financial aid from colleges and universities, families need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, and families should try to complete adn submit this form as soon as possible after that date. The FAFSA and its instructions are found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
3. Some colleges require students to apply for financial aid using the CSS Profile form, which is provided by the College Board. Be sure to check college financial aid websites to see if this form is required. The CSS Profile and its instructions are found at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/.
4. There are a number of search engines that can help students identify scholarships beyond those offered by colleges and universities. Among the best are:
The use of these search engines is free of charge. Never pay a fee for a scholarship search!
Financial Aid Calculators
To estimate the true cost of paying for college or to compare offers of financial packages from different colleges, these websites may be helpful.
First, see what financial aid is available to international students at the universities where you plan to apply. Go to the website and click on the links for “international students” and “financial aid.”
International Educational Financial Aid: http://www.iefa.org/
College Scholarships.org: http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/international.htm