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Generally speaking, there are four types of funding for study in the US: personal / family savings, financial aid and scholarships from a US university, scholarships from an outside organisation and loans from a US or UK lender. One third of international students in the USA claim that a scholarship is their primary form of funding. For more information on types of funding and how to apply, please visit our Postgraduate Funding webpage.
No one will be able to give a definite answer on how much in scholarship funding you will receive. You will not know what scholarships you will be awarded until you have applied and been admitted to universities in the USA. There are many ways to increase your chances of receiving a scholarship, for example, apply to universities in which you are in the top 10% of the applicant pool if you are interested in merit-based aid or apply to ‘needs-blind’ universities if you are interested in need-based aid. Also, make sure you only apply to universities that offer aid to international students, as not all universities do. For more information on how to find and apply for funding, please visit our Postgraduate Funding webpage.
Fellowships and assistantships are forms of funding for postgraduate students at US universities. Fellowships are outright grants awarded to students to study at the university while an assistantship is a position in which a student works for the university in some capacity (i.e. - teaching, researching, etc.). In some cases an assistantship can include a full or partial tuition waiver and/or a living stipend. More information on fellowships and assistantships can be found on our Postgraduate Funding webpage.
If the university does not offer much in way of funding, the next option would be to search for external funding bodies. Again these organisations are likely to have deadlines in the autumn and early spring. However, it is worth checking for organisations with later deadlines. We have scholarship databases linked on the External Funding Bodies page where you may search for available scholarships and organisations that offer funding for postgraduate study.
A third option is to consider taking out a loan. Our website outlines options for US citizens, UK citizens with a US co-signer and UK citizens without a US co-signer.
Living expenses are dependent on several factors such as personal lifestyle and location. Many parts of the USA have much higher average costs of living than others, which you may want to take into consideration when choosing universities. Living expenses per academic year at an American university average to $7,400 (£4,608) for room and board, $1,100 (£685) for books and supplies, $1,037 ($645) for transportation, $2,000 (£1,245) for personal expenses and $700 (£435) for health insurance. All these figures are averages and actual living expenses can be higher or lower depending on the university, location and the student’s lifestyle.
For detailed information about the Fulbright Awards, please see the Awards section of our website. For enquiries related to the Fulbright Awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7404 6880.
There are many organisations and individuals in the UK who can help you prepare applications to American universities. Many of our partner organisations offer one-on-one support to students who are searching for and applying to universities in the USA. You can also search for educational consultants online.
After reviewing the information provided on our website, feel free to contact our advising team. After reviewing the information provided on our website, feel free to contact our advising team. You can reach us via phone 0845 894 9524 (Tuesdays 1:30 - 5 pm and Thursdays 1:30 - 5 pm); via email – email@example.com; or in-person at events.
If you need additional assistance as you apply for US study beyond what our staff are able to provide, you may wish to consider contacting one of the organisations on our Resources page. These test tutors and educational consultants offer a higher level of personalised, additional support and services to help you prepare for admission exams and complete a competitive application.