Studying in the USA can sometimes seem like a fairytale. International students see USA colleges as something that only happens in the movies. From the Blind Side to the Social Network, these movies make it all seem too good to be true. In this series of blogs, I will walk you through what its like to study in the USA, what you can expect to pay and the marks you will need in the classroom.
Most students believe that USA colleges are too expensive, that they need straight A's and they need to be the next Elon Musk. Well, that is not true, and you will soon learn why.
Okay, so we know you have Googled the price of Harvard and other top USA universities, and yes on the surface, they are very expensive and super intimidating. But, It's important to note that these prices don't tell you the whole story. I will be filling in the gaps as we go, so don't panic just yet.
Studying at Harvard is reported to cost over $70,000 per year, while Stanford is around $65,000. These figures alone, deter 99% of prospective international students. The truth is these universities have billions of dollars in financial aid available, and if more international students spent time investigating these options, they would see a USA education is sometimes cheaper than studying at home.
Ivy League Colleges and other top institutions are "Need-Blind," meaning that their admissions policy judges applicants solely on their merits, irrespective of their ability to pay. Students receive financial aid based on how much money their families make, the more your family makes, the more you will pay. This ensures that they get the best talent in the world. In most countries, a private education is more expensive than a public education, but in the USA, private schools offer much more financial aid than their public school counterparts.
Here's a fun exercise! Click HERE to see how much you would pay if you were accepted into Harvard:.
We ran this exercise, and If your family makes $100,000 per year, you would only pay $8,000. That's almost a 90% discount to attend Harvard! Now you have seen that studying in the USA is not a fairytale, its time to make your dreams come true.