The US may be the most popular study abroad destination for international students, but it is also one of the most expensive places to study. Are you planning to pursue an undergraduate program in the US? Does the overall cost of education deter you from taking the next step considering the four-year duration of undergraduate programs? Well, this is a common dilemma faced by international students given the high cost of US education.

There is no need to get disheartened though. Universities across the US maybe charging international students three times the tuition cost of domestic students, but US universities prioritize internationalization. As a result, more than 600 American universities offer scholarships worth $20,000 or more per year to international students. The scholarship eligibility is determined on the basis of academic merit, financial need and extracurricular contribution of applicants.

US Scholarships can be broadly classified as follows:

  • University Scholarships: Most universities offer some kind of a scholarship to its international students
  • Financial Scholarships: Though this is reserved for US students, some institutions may give out need-based scholarships to international students
  • Merit Scholarships: This is for students with excellence in either of the following: academic, sports or community work
  • Country-based Scholarships: This is specifically awarded to students from developing countries
  • Private Scholarships: Some private businesses sponsor deserving students from the developing world.

 

Various UndergraduateScholarships Offered by Some of the US Universities

University/World Ranking Scholarship Annual Scholarship Validity
 
Agnes Scott College (61)* Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarships Full tuition, room and board
American University (351) Applicable for one international student only  -covers total cost of undergraduate program
American University (351) Merit Award (partial) Up to $25000 Renewable upto 4 years
Arcadia University* Merit Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Barry University* Stamps Scholars Program Full tuition, books, room, transportation, $6,000 study abroad.
Berea College * Cent percent funding for all students First year only Valid for 1 year only
Clark University (251) Presidential LEEP Scholarship Free tuition and board 4 years based on merit
Clark University (251) Global Scholar’s Program $5000 Renewable upto 4 years
Clark University (251) International Achievement Scholarship $15000 Renewable upto 4 years
Clark University (251) International Jonas Clark Scholarship $10000 Renewable upto 4 years
Darmouth College (89) Need based aid $46770 Full course
Davidson College* William Holt Terry Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Davidson College* John M. Belk Scholarship Full tuition, fees, room, board, and two $3,000 special study stipends
Denison University* Merit Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Drake University*     National Alumni Scholarship Full tuition fees, room, board
Duke University (17) Karsh International Scholarship Full tuition, room, board, $7,000-  research and service opportunities
Emory University (98) Need based aid * Select few students only
Fordham University* Presidential Scholarship Full tuition and room Full course
George Washington University (201) Presidential International Scholarship Full tuition fees Full course
Hendrix College* Full tuition, room, board for students with excellence in academics ,leadership skills
Illinois Wesleyan University * Merit based $10000-25000 (2 students only) Renewable upto 4 years
Iowa State University (350) Merit based $2000-10000 Renewable upto 4 years
Louisiana State University (401) Stamps Scholarship Full tuition, room, board, and $14,000 enrichment funds
Loyola Marymount University* Full tuition fees $12500 Full course
Miami University (601) Merit Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Michigan State University (83) Global Spartan Leadership Program $8000 On completion of program
New York University (27) Wagner Scholarship $25000-47000 (Limited students) Full course
Providence College* Merit Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Rollins College* Academic Scholarship $5000 Full course
Soka University of America (121) Global Merit Scholarship Full tuition fees, room, board, airfare, personal expenses, books
Southern Methodist University (351) Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program – Full tuition, fees, study abroad
Southwestern University* Brown Scholar Award Full tuition Full course
Syracuse University (251) The Full Tuition 1870 Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Texas Christian University* Scholarships-First Year Students Full tuition Full course
Tulane University(351) Global Scholarship Full tuition Full course
Tulane University(351) Stamps Leadership Award Full tuition, room, board, and enrichment funds
University of Alabama (351-400) Presidential Scholarship $25000 Full course
University of Arkansas (501) Chancellor’s Scholarship $8000 Renewable upto 4 years
University of Arkansas (501) Chancellor’s Community Scholarship $5000 Renewable upto 4 years
University of Arkansas (501) Silas Hunt Scholarship Up to $8000 Renewable upto 4 years
University of Arkansas (501) Leadership Scholarship $2000 Renewable upto 4 years
University at Buffalo (251-300) International Admissions Scholarship Full tuition Full course
University of Chicago (9) Stamps Scholarship Full tuition, fees, room, board, and $10,000 enrichment funds
University of Georgia (351-400) Foundation Fellowship Full tuition, three fully funded travel study program
University of Miami (186) IssacBashevis Singer Scholarship Full tuition fees Full course
University of Minnesota (56) Global Excellence Scholarships $5000-1000 Renewable upto 4 years
University of Nebraska (301) $2000-$14500 Per year Based on qualification
University of Richmond* Richmond Scholars Full tuition, room and board Full course
University of Winconsin (501) Non Resident Tuition Waver  Fee reduction upto $7000 Annual reduction
Vanderbilt University (105)                Ingram Scholars Full tuition + Stipends for study abroad, research or service projects
Vanderbilt University (105) Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholars Full tuition + Stipends for study abroad or research experience
Vanderbilt University (105) Chancellor’s Scholars Full tuition + Stipends
Washington and Lee University* Johnson Scholarship Full tuition, room, board, and $7,000 for summer experience
Wesleyan University * Freeman Asian Scholars Program Full tuition fees (11 Asian students) Full  course
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   Please check universities’ websites for eligibility requirements

 

With a host of full and partial funding opportunities available, you can see that studying in the US has become a lot easier and affordable now. The destination for the brightest of students beckons you. So, choose the university best suiting your academic pursuits; and embark on your American dream!

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