Studying In The US

Looking for An “Innovative” College?

The college search is based on many criteria … or at least it should be. Do your criteria include “innovation”? Let’s define our terms. What is innovation, as it applies to colleges? One media company, Thomson Reuters, defines it as “institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global ...

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Early Action for International Applicants?

Question: Are International Students eligible to apply for Early Actions in US colleges? And if they are, then is it beneficial to them in any case? Up until last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was the only university on The Dean’s “radar screen” that did NOT allow international students to apply via Early Action. ...

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TOEFL Required for US Citizen in India?

Question: I’m a US citizen by birth but did my entire schooling in India. I’ve studied English for 14 years now and speaks the language better than my ancestral language of malayalam. Do I need to take TOEFL or similar exams along with my SATs? If you, as an American citizen living abroad, indicate on ...

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Is U.S. Citizen Abroad an International Student?

Question: Does my daughter count as an international student if she completes highschool outside US? She was born in US but both parents are not us citizens nor have  ever paid any taxes or worked in the states.Also is she eligible for financial aid and loans? Colleges have varying policies when, for their own “head ...

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Admissions & FinAid Benefits of a Green Card

Question: Does having a green card ( not a US citizen ) result in any reduction in college fee or does it increase the chances of getting financial aid? Are green card holders eligible of the US Federal Financial Aid? Having a green card makes a huge difference. For starters, green-card holders (i.e., official U.S. ...

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Fee Waiver for International Student?

Question: How do you ask for a fee waiver as an international student? You don’t say if you’re asking about a college application fee waiver or a testing fee waiver. “The Dean” is guessing it’s the former, but “The Dean” likes to be thorough (at least when it doesn’t require excessive effort 😉 ), so ...

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Help for Disadvantaged Student from India

Question: I’m a student from India who basically comes from the Indian ghetto or slums. I have to work for 7 hours to earn my school fee. I took the SAT and SAT II and my scores are 2320 and 800, 790, 790 respectively but my school graduation percent is low (89%) but I also ...

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