First year applicants?

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Will the first year applicants are able to obtain the full merit based schoolarships in both EA and ED in reputed and popular universities and colleges of united states? Will we able to demand the schoolarsships with the universities? Will our email to the admission department and interact part play any vital role in our admission procedure? Will our subjects recomendation and supplementary recomendation play any prominent role? How to meet the top and cent percent schoolarship in aim and dream university/college?

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The most far beneficial type of aid is the need based financial aid for international students.

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Which one is far beneficial to the first year applicants either merit based or need based?

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It is not hundred percent sure that you will get the desired scholarship through negotiating. Sometimes it works. For instance one of my friends was first told to pay $15000 per year for the college but later he negotiated and the cost was reduced to $3000 per year. But this might not always work.
If I were you, I would not go after merit scholarships rather I would seek for colleges that provide need-based financial assistance to international students. Merit aid are very competitive and in most of the colleges you will have to score a certain GPA to maintain that aid. For instance, its a 3.5/4 at Howard University (I am not sure). Such complexities wont arise if you get accepted into a college that provides need-based financial assistance and claims to meet 100% demonstrated need. You will have to indicate in CSS or ISFAA the amount your parents would be able to contribute towards your education annually and if you get accepted in such colleges than they will make you pay only the amount that you indicated in the CSS/ISFAA. In other words you get your desired aid through a combination of grants, work and loan and unlike merit based aid, usually there are no criterias to be fulfilled  or maintained.

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Will the problem of sholarship solved through negoation and email? Will the universities/college interview play any role in our admission procedure?

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Hey Niraj,

Yes. In principle, the first year applicants are able to obtain the full merit based scholarships. However, not many popular universities offer merit based scholarships. They offer need based ones. You will receive scholarships based on your need rather than the merit in most of the popular ones.

Demand may be a strong word to use. Yes, there will be a possibility where you can negotiate with the university on how much financial support you require. That happens after you are accepted not before. If they are asking you to pay more than you had expected than you can email them your concern stating your financial conditions and your inability to pay the amount. Most of the time there will be room for adjustment.

Regarding emailing admission officers, read the answers written by Prabha and other people from the answer team. The links to the answers are:

  1. Contacting Admission Representative
  2. Benefits of interacting with admission officers

Personally, I would recommend you to send them an email only when it is necessary. You may send a first email just introducing yourself but don’t send them numerous useless emails after that. They are also human beings and will get irritated if you are just wasting their time.

Yes, your subjects recommendation and supplementary are very important. Your supplementary essays help them to know you more.

Also, if you have time go through this video. It’s a long video(an hour long) but some of your questions are answered in little bit more detail there.