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The Divisions of US College Scholarships for Undergraduate

Katherine Ke 2020-06-11 (Update:2020-06-20)

College scholarships are financial aid for college students, they can apply for college scholarships through organizations, websites, scholarship tools, and more. American college scholarships are divided into two categories, government and private, specifically divided into federal government scholarships, private fund scholarships, intra-college scholarships, department scholarships, inter-school, inter-department scholarships, vacation scholarships, grants, research grants, and tuition reduction and many more. This passage will mainly introduce the divisions of college scholarships for US undergraduate and some important points for international students if they want to apply for it. This kind of college scholarships for college students is roughly divided into three categories, need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and need-blind scholarships

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Part 1. Three College Scholarships for Undergraduate in USA

1. Need-based scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded based on the financial income of the student’s family, including parental wages and family property status. Need-based scholarships are very generous for applicants in the United States, but for international students, this kind of scholarship for college and university students are seldom offered. And most universities have only a few or no need-based scholarships for international students to apply for.

2. Merit-based scholarships

Merit-based scholarships is one kind of college scholarships based on the applicant’s own academic performance, ideological quality, development potential and other strength factors, regardless of whether financial assistance is needed, as long as the school recognizes the applicant’s academic background,  it will be awarded. The scholarship is not limited to students from the United States, it’s one scholarships for current college students, it means international students can also apply for such scholarships.

3. Need-blind scholarships

Need-blind scholarships refer to provide college scholarships to students without considering whether students need it or not and it doesn’t matter if students didn’t apply for it. Many well-funded private universities will do this when enrolling. More clearly, if the college believes that the student meets the admission criteria, it will make a judgment based on the student’s family situation: how much the student’s family can bear, and the rest will be managed by college. Many privately-owned schools in the United States implement demand-independent policies, such as Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and so on.

Part 2. Requirements for International to Apply for it

If you are international students who would like to apply for US college scholarships for undergraduate, the following 5 points are closely related to whether you can successfully apply for it.

1. Excellent English language performance

Excellent TOEFL score. For students wishing to apply for a U.S. scholarship, the new TOEFL score should be at least 100 points, preferably 105 or more.

2. Good GPA results

For both high school and undergraduate students, to get a scholarship, the GPA score should be no less than 3.0 or an average score of 80 points.

3. Class and school year ranking

If you want to apply for a high scholarship, students must also pay attention to class and academic year rankings.

4. Extracurricular practice activities

Scholarship applications for US institutions will also refer to whether the applicant has participated in extracurricular activities of the school while studying in their home country, such as volunteer work, student group clubs and other extracurricular activities.

5. Excellent ACT results of the American college entrance examination

The ACT score of the American college entrance examination is also one of the assessment criteria for applying for American scholarships for college students. The ACT test should preferably have a score of 26 or more.

The application dates and how much of the scholarships are different in every college, to know more specifically, please check college official sites.

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