International

Financial Aid & Admission for Green Card Holder

Question: Is a green card holder an international student ? I just came to US in 2012 and now I am a junior and study in a NJ high school. Can I get admission to a tech college and can I get financial aid? Good news … a Permanent Resident (green card holder) is eligible ...

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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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Must TOEFL Score Arrive by ED Deadline?

Question: I am extremely interested in the program of Bryn Mawr College and plan to apply for the class of 2016. Do I need to submit the TOEFL scores by the ED deadline? First of all, I think you must mean the Class of 2017, right? (The class of 2016 has already been admitted, and ...

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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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Is American Abroad an International Applicant?

Question: Do I count as an international student if I completed all of my high school in another country but was born in the U.S.? And can I get financial aid if my parents have a house here in the U.S. and pay taxes? You say that you were born in the U.S., so I ...

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Extra Time on ACT for ESL Student?

Question: Can I get extra time on the ACT because I’m an ESL student? Nope. Sorry. Extended time is only available to students with documented disabilities. See http://www.actstudent.org/faq/answers/eslextended.html But when you apply to colleges, admission folks will note that your native language isn’t English and will give you extra consideration when they evaluate your test ...

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College Advice for American Student Overseas

Question: I’ve recently (in the middle of 9th grade) moved to a new country, and have enrolled in the IGCSE (the international Cambridge board) program. In my new school, leadership opportunities, clubs, etc are very scarce, and therefore I do not have the same opportunities as I did in America. I am probably going to ...

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Will Lower English Scores Hurt Strong International Student?

Question: My son is doing IB diploma and is an international student looking to get admission in MIT, Stanford or other Ivy league colleges for Engineering. He is an outstanding student and a keen basketball player representing his school in under 19 team and plays drums. We are confident he will score full marks – ...

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Using English and not Korean Name on MIT Application

Question: I want to apply MIT. MIT has the special admission system called MyMIT. When I tried to register on MyMIT, they requested my English name, but I’m Korean, so I haven’t English name. What do I do? MIT just wants your name translated into the English alphabet. They aren’t looking for an actual English ...

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