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How to get financial aid?

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How to get financial aid?

Postby Alexander Oni » Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:50:08 -0500

How do I get financial aid is perhaps one of the most popular questions among international students looking to come study in America.and for good reason. Good quality education doesn’t come cheap and unless you get financial aid, you are going to have to spend a lot of money on your tuition and personal expenses.Perhaps one of the best things about the American system of education is that the federal and state Governments provide many forms of financial aid such as grants and scholarships. There are also many other public and private organizations that provide grants to students as well.

Now in case you were wondering, there is a slight difference between the two. Most scholarships will require students to meet certain requirements such as having a minimum GPA and may also be based on gender and or on the field the student is majoring in. These scholarships will also require the applicants to meet those requirements both before and after they’ve obtained it. So say for example, there was a scholarship for male students studying Economics who had a minimum GPA of 3.2 and you successfully applied for it because you met these requirements, you will be expected to maintain or improve on that GPA, stick with the Economics program and oh of course maintain your male gender status after you have been awarded the scholarship.

Grants on the other hand will generally be given for a project, and the student will be expected to report information about the project to the donor. The first step in getting a grant is for a student to send a proposal to the donor. The proposal may be based on a project the applicant is interested in or it may be a response to a request that is made by the funder. Also, once a person is awarded a grant, they will generally not be required to maintain certain requirements. After they passed the application process, the money is essentially theirs. However, the student must complete the proposal that is related to the project for the grant. :evil:

Apart from working as a student, getting financial aid is a sure way to help you get some cash as well so take a look at the following tips:

    Visit These are two good websites where you can get to know about the latest scholarships on offer. There are more websites for this but I strongly recommend these two for financial aid.
      Every good school in America has an office for financial aid and assistance. Search for your school’s own and send them emails enquiring about what financial aid they can offer you.
        Applying for a loan from the university could be another option to help you financially. Although this is an area that I am not too familiar about, I know that it works almost the same way as getting a loan from a bank minus the interest charges.
          You can also visit the FAFSA website and see if you can apply for some scholarships. The only challenges that you might face here is that you will need a social security number to apply. This website is more for international students already in America.

          Unfortunately due to an ever increasing pressure on the American Government to cut spending costs, as an international student, you may find it a bit harder than before to get financial aid. :oops:

          Hope you guys found this post useful.
          Alexander Oni
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          Re: How to get financial aid?

          Postby selau » Fri, 06 Sep 2013 02:34:03 -0500

          Good sources. Fast Web has an amazing amount of available scholarships and should be passed around more readily. International students should also be given a package to help them know where their best resources are while studying here. When I was abroad I was given this treatment and it was very beneficial to the success of the year. Hope you all enjoy your time studying and find the funds you need.
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          Re: How to get financial aid?

          Postby gianegizelle » Sat, 14 Sep 2013 04:17:21 -0500

          not only scholarship can answer the financial aid, you can also make extra money for visiting some websites that pay for clicking ads, answering forums or blogs.

          these are the sites that i use to earn extra money:

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          Re: How to get financial aid?

          Postby jaismith08 » Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:13:43 -0500

          Thanks for that useful information. It is important to have stable job in order for you to pay your debts or expenses on time. I heard that the federal government introduced its new "shopping sheet" financial aid form on Tuesday, July 24. The feds say that the brand new form will make student loan shopping more clear and understandable. The Obama Administration is entreating the nation's colleges and university to make the form regular by the 2013-2014 school terms.
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          Re: How to get financial aid?

          Postby BulaMusliyevich » Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:06:10 -0500

          Different types of aid (private scholarships, state grants, etc.) have different rules, called eligibility criteria, to determine who gets the aid. Here are the eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
          1.Basic eligibility criteria
          2. Students with a parent who was killed in iraq or afghanistan
          3. Non-u.s. citizens
          4. Students with criminal convictions
          5. Students with intellectual disabilities
          6. Staying eligible
          7. Regaining eligibility
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