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Planning and Budgeting

Prospective students should consider a range of university costs in their planning and when they make final decisions on which university to attend. Although some universities promise to meet students’ full financial need, not all associated costs to study may be covered.

Institutional Financial Aid

Once prospective students submit their application to particular universities, they can be considered for institutional financial aid, such as merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships, none of which need to be paid back. In addition to reducing or covering tuition costs, these may provide students with health insurance and other benefits.

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Public and Private Scholarships

Many exchange programs for students and professionals are managed through U.S. embassies and partnering higher education institutions. Also, some international students’ governments provide financial aid to those who have been accepted into U.S. universities. Other private university scholarships can be found using online search tools and databases.