Studying in America and Canada


Question: I got a partial scholarship from a university in the US which will reduce the course fees while I have to find myself the rest of the course fees, accommodation, living cost and the cost of flight. It is really hard for me to find funds or sponsorship in India. I really hope you can help me to solve my problem.

Answer: How we wish we had a great solution for you! Your situation is not all that uncommon. As you know, getting partial assistance is certainly more difficult than just getting admission, but it is much easier than getting full assistance. In this situation, you have limited choices: you can contact the school to plead your case again and hope they would increase the partial assistance, and/or finance the shortfall through personal means, and/or hope that you can engage in a part-time employment that would offset the shortfall. You should, however, recognize that you are required to demonstrate your financial soundness to the immigration authorities before a student visa is issued to you. Unfortunately, there are no magic formulas to overcome financial challenges.

As you may know, you would be legally allowed to gain part-time employment on-campus for up to 20 hours per week. Although you are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week, you may or may not be able to undertake such employment depending on the rigor and demands of your school workload. Whether this employment would be sufficient to offset the shortfall is something you would have to determine yourself.

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