This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
Financial aid is the subject this week in our Foreign Student Series on
higher education in the United States.
Students who want to study in the United States may find that their chances
for financial aid are limited. They often have to pay for their education with
their own savings or their family's money.
A recent report from the Institute of International Education in New York
looked at the 2005-2006 school year:
Colleges and universities in the United States had more than half a million
foreign students. 63 percent of them paid for school mostly by themselves
or with family help. 26 percent were supported by the school they attended.
There are other sources of financial aid for international students. These
include a student's home government or university, or the United States
government. Private sponsors, international organizations and employers may also
Yet during the last school year, not many students were able to depend on any
of these other sources. Current employers provided the most help. Still, they
represented the main support for just four percent of international students.
Those at the graduate level, however, are more likely than undergraduates to
receive financial aid in the United States.
More than eighty percent of foreign undergraduates depended mostly on
personal and family money to pay for school last year. The same was true of less
than half of graduate students. Most of the others received financial aid from
their college or university in the United States.
A list of American schools that offer financial aid to foreign students can
be found at a useful Web site. The address is edupass.org -- e-d-u-p-a-s-s dot
This site also provides information about scholarship programs. But it warns
foreign students not to pay if there is any charge for scholarship application
forms. You could be cheated out of your money.
Our Foreign Student Series continues next week with more information from the
Institute of International Education.
If you have missed any of our series, you can find the reports online at
voaspecialenglish.com. And if you have a general question that we might be able
to answer on our program, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include
your name and country.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. I'm Steve Ember.