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Scholarships in USA
USA is undoubtedly an excellent career choice for the students who are looking for academic exposure and life ahead. USA universities always attract international students as there are many USA programs available for students who wish to pursue master’s degree. There are many USA scholarships and financial support available to students.
USA Scholarships and financial aid- fee waivers are awarded to international students on the criteria of merit and need of it. Candidate with strong academics, good performance on standardized exams and extracurricular achievements would be eligible for USA scholarship, USA awards and USA financial assistance. To benefit from these opportunities, one has to make sure to send all the required documents by particular deadlines. In addition to this, the presentation of the application package is also important because one is judged by the image one projects.
There are various types of USA scholarships:
Fellowship-Scholarship: This is usually offered on the student’s ability, competence and performance.
Graduate Assistantship : Generally it may involve a teaching or research assistantship. Students receive aid, in the form of cash stipend or a tuition fee waiver or reduced tuition fee.
Sports Scholarship : Though seldom offered to international students, athletic or sports scholarships are available in a wide range to outstanding and talented athletes.
The other factor that can enhance the probability of getting the USA scholarship is the credit evaluation. The evaluation converts the Indian grades in the GPA system. The GPA (Grade Point Average) system is followed throughout the United States to judge student’s performance. It is graded on the scale of 0 to 4. To convert the percentage into the GPA, a credential evaluation needs to be done. Accurate GPA helps in quicker decision making and getting scholarship.
USA offers numerous funding opportunities to meritorious students through scholarships, assistantships and student loans. International students in USA can also work on campus during their education.USA also offers full time work opportunities to the students in the form of OPT (Optional Practical Training) of 1 year after the completion of their education Student from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have additional 29 months of OPT period. The amount and the type of assistantships vary according to course, level of study, department and university. Apart from scholarships one can avail of an education loan from various Indian banks/ private financial institutions.
Apart from the above mentioned USA scholarships there are many other benefits also available to the USA students, which they can avail depending on their academics and their capabilities.