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Studying abroad with financial aid

Several international admissions officers visited New Delhi recently and spoke about scholarships and financial aid. This is what’s on offer report Arjun Seth

education Updated: Oct 27, 2010 11:25 IST
Arjun Seth
Arjun Seth
Hindustan Times

Chapman University considers all admissible international students for merit scholarship, which are based on marks in school, exam results and SAT or ACT scores. These scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000. In many cases, these scholarships meet the need of our international students. If additional need is demonstrated or a merit scholarship is not attained, Chapman University has a small international student scholarship fund, which allows us to make small scholarship offers to those strongest international students in our applicant pool who may need the additional financial resources. We cannot meet the needs of all international students we admit. Therefore, we would be considered need-aware when making admission decisions.

Sarah Lawrence offers financial aid and scholarships to international students. Most of the aid is need-based, so families must submit the CSS profile on-line and also provide financial documentation. Students will receive notification about scholarships when the acceptance package goes out. Additionally, we offer some merit aid.

Presidential Scholars are awarded a £6,000 annual grant or a minimum guarantee of £24,000 over a four-year undergraduate career at the university. This category is the university’s highest level of academic excellence and typically is awarded to the top 15 per cent of applicants. Such students have an impressive record of academic performance and represent exceptional scholarship. Students are required to maintain a 3.4/4.0 GPA while at Richmond to keep the award.

Dean’s Scholars receive an annual grant of £4,500 representing a minimum guarantee of £18,000 over a four-year undergraduate career at the university. Over 20 per cent of the applicants admitted typically qualify as Dean’s scholars. Such students have impressive academic records and show promise. Students are required to maintain a 3.0/4.0 GPA while at Richmond to keep the award.
SUNY Plattsburgh offers all admitted international students a housing grant of at least $2,500 per academic year to live in our residence halls.

We also offer academic merit scholarships ranging from $500-$2,500 per academic year to students with high marks on their high school or university transcripts, SAT results and other exams. We offer need-based financial aid up to $2,500 per academic year after we review how much a student’s family can contribute to the cost of a student’s education. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer students loans, but they can use loans from outside sources to pay for their studies.

We provide scholarships based on merit and documented need. When we receive a complete application we determine the appropriate scholarship award. A few highly competitive full-tuition scholarships are available as well as smaller ones beginning at 50 per cent of tuition.

While we do not offer merit scholarships, Franklin & Marshall does have need-based aid available for international students. If we accept a student, we will fund them with a package that determined by the financial aid form that parents fill out. The package will consist of grant or scholarship money (which does not need to be paid back), a small loan, which would vary with family circumstances (and does need to be paid back after you graduate) and work study (for which they would have a job on campus). Generally, the more aid an international applicant needs, the more competitive the admission process is.

The author is an independent admissions counsellor and can be contacted by email at He also runs, a blog assisting students write college application essays

First Published: Oct 26, 2010 11:41 IST