We continue our series of reports about how foreign students
can study at an American college or university. This information
also can be found on the Special English Web page at w-w-w dot
voaspecialenglish dot com. (www.voaspecialenglish.com)
Today, we tell about financial aid. Most of this information
can be found on the Internet. If you do not have a computer,
you can use one at an advising center or local university.
Many young people want to study in the United States but do
not have the money to do so. It is a good idea to research this
question when you first begin to explore the idea of studying
in the United States. The Association of International Educators
says more than two-thirds of foreign students in the United
States pay for their education using their own or their family¡¯s
That is because there is very little financial aid for foreign
students in the United States. Foreign graduate students have
more chances than undergraduates do, but it still is limited.
Most financial aid from public and private groups is restricted
to American citizens. Some countries provide aid for their citizens
to study in the United States on the guarantee that they will
return to their own countries to work.
The United States government provides aid for students from
some countries. You can ask at the American Embassy or an Agency
for International Development office if this is true in your
country. A local university may also have such information.
Some American colleges do provide money in the form of scholarships
to foreign students. A list of these can be found at a very
useful Internet Web site. The Web site also provides information
about where to write for scholarships and loans. And it warns
foreign students not to pay any money for scholarship applications.
Such requests are illegal. The address is w-w-w dot e-d-u-p-a-s-s
dot o-r-g. (www.edupass.org)
I will repeat this address again at the end of this report.
The same Web site also lists useful publications and tells
how to order them. One example is a publication called ¡°Funding
for U-S Study -- A Guide for International Students and Professionals.¡±
It lists more than six-hundred places international students
can get money to pay for their studies.
That Web site address again is w-w-w dot e-d-u-p-a-s-s dot
This V-O-A Special English Education Report
was written by Nancy Steinbach, courtesy of VOAnews.com