BY SAUSAN RAHMATULLAH
The idea of paying for a U.S. education can be intimidating for many students, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper planning, you can prepare for your education expenses and also find ways to reduce costs. Here are a few tips:
Students need to make an informed decision about which schools to apply to based on their “best fit,” which includes cost. Create a budget to figure out how much you’ll need for tuition, living expenses, food, transportation, books and other expenses. Most universities provide an estimate of these costs on their websites.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EDUCATIONUSA’S SERVICES
Prospective international students are highly encouraged to visit their local EducationUSA office. A network of over 425 international advising centers in 175 countries, EducationUSA is run by the U.S government. The offices hold free seminars about financial aid and other admissions-related topics.. EducationUSA advisers can also assist students with finding the university that best fits their needs, goals and financial situation. If you can’t visit in person, you can get guidance online at: EducationUSA.state.gov.
LOOK FOR SOURCES OF FUNDING
Here are some to consider:
For details, visit: youarewelcomehereusa.org.
OPTIONAL SIDEBAR BOX
BE CREATIVE TO SAVE/EARN MONEY AS A STUDENT
Once you’re accepted to a university, you can look for additional ways to save or earn money for your studies. Here are some examples:
(Sausan Rahmatullah is an EducationUSA adviser in Dhaka, Bangladesh.)