Many of the international students do not apply for scholarships because of a simple reason that “They DID NOT KNOW at the time of applying to US Schools”. It sounds very silly, but often it is not easy to find info about scholarship or to know who to ask about scholarship information. Some students know where to look and whom to ask for scholarships, so they at least apply for scholarship. This post will tell some of the tips for finding what scholarships are available for International students in the school they plan to apply.
Where to Look for Scholarships for MS/MBA in School’s website for International Students?
It can be quite overwhelming for someone new, when you start to apply for admission, browsing various university pages like admissions pages, department pages, etc. First thing to know as a student when applying for scholarship is, what office awards the scholarships. If you know the right office, then it makes your life much easier. Depending on the type of scholarship, different offices award scholarships. Below are some of them.
Financial Aid Office :
Typically Scholarships are offered by Financial Aid office in most of the schools. You should look for Office of financial Aid or just look for Financial aid tabs in the website. You may use the Search feature on the top of the School website. Sometimes financial Aid office is listed under Current Students section or just Students section based on school.
- For instance, at UHCL, you have to check under Students Tab, then look under registration. Home > Costa and Aid > Scholarships Check UHCL Website . In fact, at UHCL there have clearly have a link for Scholarships. But if they do not list it, it will be under Financial aid office webpage.
- If you look at another School like UWM, you have to go to Current students > Financial Information. Financial Aid UWM
- Lets look at another school like UT Austin, You have to go to Admissions and Aid> Financial Aid. UT Austin Financial Aid
The fastest way is to search Google saying “University Name Financial Aid Scholarships”. Replace the University Name with respective school you are applying to. It will take you to the respective link of financial aid.
Clearly, the point is, finding the Financial Aid office or Scholarships section in the Universities websites is not standard. You will have to browse around and get to it or Google it. Key is “ Financial Aid office” or “Scholarships” section. Also, once you get to financial aid or scholarship office website, then you will have to look for scholarships for internationals. Every scholarship is different and you will have to look one by one or just look at international students section. There is no rule that they will have specifically list everything for you. You will have to look and apply for the right scholarship.
Academic Departments :
One other place where international students are awarded scholarships or fellowships are in their respective academic departments or school you are applying to. Let’s say, you are applying to MBA, then it will be Business School. Most of the time, these are research related fellowships or any endowments created for someone specializing in the respective major related to that school. You should visit the department or respective school’s website and look for any scholarships or fellowships.
- For instance at UWM’s Business School, if you look under Graduate Students > Scholarships you will find Graduate Scholarship information Business School Scholarships
Some Schools do not explicitly have these under their department, but they may have it under financial Aid itself. Some schools do not have any kind of scholarships links or anything on their academic department site. It may be hard to find scholarship information on the academic department sites…You may have to use the Sitemap link or use the search if you cannot find.
Whom to Ask about Scholarships?
Irrespective of if you find about scholarships in the website or not, you must ask about scholarships if there are any available and when are their deadlines. It just takes an email to get right information. You should ask two people “ Graduate Admissions Coordinator” in the graduate school or “ Financial Aid Coordinator”. The titles may not be exactly as I wrote. Just look for admission related contact on the Academic department website and Scholarship coordinator related contact on the financial aid office. In case, you cannot find these contacts, just ask the Admissions office. Everything should be email. Key thing for them to answer to your email is give the right subject “ Need help :Prospective Student Scholarship info” . If you put in wrong subject like Hi, hello or anything it is considered SPAM. The goal is to ask admissions counselors about scholarships and get the right info.
Overall, scholarships for international students to pursue MS or MBA in USA are very important. The key thing is to find the right sources and apply on time.
In case you have not read, you should read on what do the scholarship committee look for. Check out How to get Scholarships for MS, MBA in US ?
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