December 04, 2020
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Amanuel Mengiste Lemenih
Hello. I am Eyoel, a high school senior from Ethiopia. My friend Tadiwos and I applied to some universities in USA and got admitted to Iowa State University. Even though we met their academic requirements, we faced ourselves with financial requirements which hard for us to fulfill because of our family's financial status but they are need to be met inorder to enroll to ISU. We are required to pay $330 to accept our spot at the university we or sponsors are capable of showing $43,000 which is the one year educational and living expense. We applied to a scholarship to find the money but we were awarded $10,000 which is still insufficient and will only be added to our account if we pay the $330 acceptance fee. So I would like to ask you if you can give us any advise or help because we really tried hard to apply and to get accepted to the university despite other difficulties I didn't mention. We don't want to lose this opportunity to study in USA so please offer us any help you can.
Hi Eyoel. State schools in the US are not set up to help international students when it comes to financial support. Therefore, the chances of an international student getting a decent financial aid package from such schools is minimal. Unless you have applied for and have received outside scholarship, or have the financial means to cover $43k a year, getting admitted alone won't be enough to pursue the opportunity. So, I would personally suggest that you do not pay the $330 unless you have the financial means to cover the 43k
Thank you for responding. We have sent our SAT scores to 4 universities so we have used up all the free score report available. If we can't get the necessary financial aid to begin our study I think we have to apply to a different university and $12 is required to send the score. So can CTP Ethiopia help us with that?
Amanuel Mengiste Lemenih
Hello Eyoel. Unfortunately, we don't have the financial means to do that.
Hello. I recently applied to Columbia and other Ivy League schools too. My SAT was a 1440. I didnt know about CTP until recently which I am planning to join next summer if it does not work out this time. My question is how is my SAT compared to other students who joined top schools through CTP? Do you think I have a chance? Because I worked on the other part of the application well and I think the SAT is against me.
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