What is the first thing that every student who plan to study in US want after admission ? “SCHOLARSHIP” ! It is always good to get some money to fund our education, isn’t it ? The key thing many students do not realize is by the time they realize that they need scholarship, the deadlines are all up. Unless you are lucky, you might be the last one. Someone said, “Good things come to people, but those left by others”. It is good thing to wait and apply, but Guess what If you do not plan well and apply late, you get nothing in terms of scholarships ! Nothing is left.
Scholarship Deadlines vs Admission Deadlines in USA
The whole idea is there are different deadlines for both. You have to clearly look for Financial aid vs Admission deadlines. Depending on the school, the deadlines may vary. For some schools the scholarship deadline are at least 2 months ahead of the admissions deadlines. Key thing is you have to send your stuff before the scholarship deadline to be considered for the scholarship. Hence, it is important to plan well ahead of time to avoid issues and missing the deadlines. Below is a sample schedule that can help and worked out for me secure scholarship.
For specifics of Fall and Spring Admission planning you must read these articles, it is specific to 2011, but does not matter, it works for all the years, just change the year:
- Sample schedule: Spring Admission Deadlines Planning
- Sample schedule: Fall Admission and Scholarships Deadlines
The below schedule is just an Overview that I wrote long time ago. You must read the above articles for full Schedule details and tasks . If applying for Fall sample schedule. If applying for Fall 2011, you should start GRE in April 2010. The months are of previous year. So, just change the years as needed.
|Task||Time of Year|
|GRE and TOEFL Coaching||April- June ( previous year)|
|GRE and TOEFL Exams||Late July and early August|
|University Selection list||September -October|
|Online Applications||October First week.|
|SOP and Scholarship essays||October|
|Transcripts&Recommendations||September – November|
|Bank Statement Preparation||August – November|
|Draft of application set||Nov 15th|
|Final Check and Posting||Dec 1st – Dec 15th|
Some good schools have admission deadline as Dec 15th. You do not want to miss that kind of schools. You do not need to speed posting too if you plan well ! You can plan similarly for Spring too. Just look at the time gap. Taking GRE and TOEFL Tests is only 5 % of your total application process, there is lot more things to do…so, plan well !
What was your experience applying for scholarships as international student ?