(Original post by NYU2012)
As an international student, you don't qualify for loans from the US government.
However, loans over here do not work the same ways yours do. US undergraduates have to start paying back their loans as soon as they graduate (minus the grace period), regardless of employment.
And that figure isn't entirely accurate. The total cost of attendance (tuition, room and board, fees, books and expenses) can be somewhere from $40,000 for state school for out-of-state students on average to around $60,000 for schools like New York University, Columbia, etc.
Since almost all top colleges in the US are private, US residents and international students all pay the same price (usually somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000). These prices are per year! Which means after four years, that's $200,000-$240,000.
There is financial aid/scholarship available to students. However, there isn't much for international students. You would have to do your own research to find out which schools offer good financial aid to international students. This could bring the cost down to around $30,000/yr.
I'm not sure what type of math you're looking to do, but the top 10 (many departments are tied) math departments in the US are:
(1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
(2) University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
(6) University of Chicago
(7) California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
(8) University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
(8) University of Michigan (UM)
(10) New York University (NYU)