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very competitive schools are need-blind to international students. These colleges do NOT take into consideration your finances when deciding to admit you. If you are admitted, they will work with you to make it happen. All other colleges (needaware) will take into account how much money you can contribute before making their final decision. Cruel, yes, but very true! 3) Sports scholarships: Colleges who have sports teams competing in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I, and sometimes Division II, may recruit international students and offer some funding in return. For more information about Sports Scholarships contact the EducationUSA Center nearest to you. 4) Assistantships: The most common form of financial aid at the graduate level. Assistantships are cash awards that require the performance of services (teaching, research or administrative services) related to the field of study, usually about 20 hours per week. The amount of aid awarded may vary from a small to a generous reduction in tuition. 5) Fellowships: Departments and institutions award fellowships on the basis of academic merit, normally after the first year of study. Graduate fellowships vary from very modest, covering only tuition and fees, to full grants, providing the cost of tuition, fees, and monthly stipends for maintenance. Fellowships rarely cover the total cost of living and studying. Funding from home country: 1) Not-for-profit organizations: A handful of organizations in Brazil can assist students who are strong academically, but who do not have the financial means to study in the U.S. Contact the EducationUSA Center nearest to you! 2) Loans: A few reputable agencies make loans available to international students. Almost all, however, will ask for a co-signer (“fiador”) who is a U.S. resident. Thus, loans, are not always an accessible option for international students. Source: If you Want to Study in the United States: Undergraduate and Graduate Study Useful Web Sites: National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org General information for International Students: www.collegeboard.com www.petersons.com www.finaid.com www.edupass.org/finaid

Undergraduate and graduate candidates who come to the EducationUSA Advising Center at Alumni looking for assistance in pursuing education in the U.S. often have the same concern: MONEY! We’ve decided to dedicate this issue entirely to financial aid in an attempt to demystify financial aid and the different types of scholarships available out there for international students. The first thing we, advisers, always recommend is that students consult with their parents and other family sponsors to find out how much money they can commit each year to education. It is important that students try to raise as much as possible from family sources, because most scholarship awards, when available, cover only part of the total educational and living costs, which include: room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other personal expenses. Remember, not all schools in the U.S. have funding for international students. If a student depends on outside funding, whether or not a school offers aid to international students should most definitely be considered a top research criteria when a student is making his college list. As students do their research, we advise them to find the average financial aid award and the number of awards made by each school being considered. The EducationUSA Advising Center at Associação Alumni offers a monthly group session about the admissions process to undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. During this one hour lecture, financial aid is also discussed. See page 2 for a list of the next schedule sessions. In the meantime, here are summarized definitions of the different types of financial aid to help: Funding from U.S. institutions of learning: 1) Merit-based scholarships: These awards are based on a student's academic or artistic abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities, community service record and scores on standardized tests. 2) Need-blind vs. need-aware scholarships: Only a handful of


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