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    i am 17 right now and in my first year of a levels (my first proper exams are in may. my aunt went to uni america and my grandmother and granddad at the time had the financial means to pay for everything but i don't want to burden them with the cost of my uni. ( their basically my parents)
    i have a lot of questions lol
    1) when do i start applying
    2)do i need to get my current school involved now or when i start applying
    3) is it hard to get international financial aid
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    (Original post by aniiipar)
    i am 17 right now and in my first year of a levels (my first proper exams are in may. my aunt went to uni america and my grandmother and granddad at the time had the financial means to pay for everything but i don't want to burden them with the cost of my uni. ( their basically my parents)
    i have a lot of questions lol
    1) when do i start applying
    2)do i need to get my current school involved now or when i start applying
    3) is it hard to get international financial aid
    You apply at the start of Year 13. Allow yourself plenty of time to be able to sort out your application because US Applications are fiddly and require a lot of work to be done, including booking and sitting SAT exams.

    You obviously need a reference from your school which they would already be in the process of writing for you anyway at that time for your UK universities. Therefore, I'd just advise you to ask your school if they have information regarding applying to US universities and then you can get them actually involved when you start applying.
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    I'm American so I'm pretty aware of the admissions process.

    1. You should apply during your last year of high school. When you submit your application depends on whether or not you apply for Early Decision/Early Action or Regular Decision. Early Decision requires you to submit apps around late October-ish (think of it like submitting apps early for Oxbridge) Regular Decision is around January.

    Here's a link about it: http://professionals.collegeboard.co...ications/early

    2.You will need to get your school involved in the application process. You need your school counselor and a teacher to write a recommendation for you. There is also a choice to submit a supplementary recommendation from an adult (non-relative) that knows you. It's optional, but you should always do all the parts of the application, even if the schools you apply to say you aren't required to fill it out. You will probably be required to submit all academic qualifications you've done so far.

    3. Are you an American citizen? If you're an American citizen, you should be able to get need-based financial aid (aid given to you based on your income). If not, I don't think you'll get need-based aid. But there is also merit based financial aid (aid given based on how good your grades are while attending university), so I'd look at that. But I'm not sure if merit-based aid is available for non-US citizens.
 
 
 
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