How Can Immigrants Apply for College University Scholarship?
Ask the High School department responsible for helping students with “financial aid.” In most schools, an assigned student counselor can help you get organized. You can get scholarship grants based on merit, financial aid (parents with low income), and scholarships from organizations.
The first step to get an American scholarship for immigrants and citizens is through the Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, US Department of Education.
Can immigrants who finished high school in another country apply for FAFSA?
Recent immigrants who finished high school in another country can apply for a college scholarship through FAFSA. Provided that the student/parents have a green card, social security number and IRS tax returns filed the previous year.
How to apply for college financial aid:
You can apply to FAFSA through your high school counselor or apply directly to the website. Parents need to make the application together with the student. You need at least 30 minutes to complete the online application.
Be ready for the following requirements:
- Email of parents and students (Two accounts are created, but you can use the same password to remember credentials easily)
- Unexpired Identifications such as driver’s license.
- Social Security Number.
- Latest IRS Tax Returns information of parents.
- Temporary academic transcripts or GED.
- List of colleges or universities you plan to apply to. (Include a community college)
- Organize and save details of your passwords, FSA ID.
- Make sure you receive an email from FAFSA saying that your application was “Processed Successfully.”
- You will get a Student Aid Report (SAR) through email or access it through your FAFSA/FSA account.
- Wait for scholarship offers and or college acceptance.
- The ‘list of schools’ submitted to the FAFSA application will have your SAR. They will apply for the financial grant amount you qualify for. For example, a university may offer a 50% scholarship.
2. State Agency
- Department of Labor scholarship. Go to the search tool to see the complete list.
- Foundations (Religious, community, business, or civic groups). Call your local state for a list.
- Ethnicity-based organizations. Call your local mayor for a list of organizations.
- Employers of parents. Although rare, some companies offer student scholarships.
3. Other scholarship applications
- For example, through FAFSA, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is the state’s one-stop financial aid center, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services. Visit the ISAC website.
- Another way to get a scholarship is through your county. For example, in Dupage County, you can apply for the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship (CSBG Scholarship) for income below 125% Federal Poverty Level.
SUMMARY: Steps to get a scholarship in any state?
- Make sure a junior high school student is connected to a school counselor. It’s free and provided by the school.
- Make a list of colleges or universities you want to apply to. Since the university tuition fee costs an average of $30,000, community college is the best option. Based on income, it can cost around $10,000 per year. Go to List of Community Colleges.
- The first step is to apply at FAFSA. All other scholarships or community college applications rely on your FAPSA assessment or SAR. See the instructions above or click here to apply.
- With a GPA of 4 and above and SAT of 1200 and above, you can either wait for “scholarship offers.” However, the best option is still to apply directly to a university of your choice. Once accepted, they will likely offer scholarships based on your junior high school average.
Important things to know about college fees and scholarships
- Community college tuition costs a fraction of universities. The tuition is much lower for parents with low income.
- You can take a double course in a community college, especially if you have taken AP classes in high school. This saves you money as well.
- Consider the proximity of the school. In most universities, first-year students are required to stay in school dorms. This means you will need to spend at least $1,500 a month for board and lodging on top of a discounted tuition.
- The best way to maximize financial aid is to get excellent grades during Junior year. College application is based on Grade 11 merits that include academic and extra-curricular activities.
- Having little money should not stop you from pursuing a degree course. You can take a federal or private loan to finance a college education.