U.S. universities are notoriously expensive. However, as previously mentioned, according to the most recent Open Doors report http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors published by the Institute of International Education/IIE, the number of international students in the U.S. increased to a record high of over 765,000 students and has seen a 31% increase in the last decade. In addition, last year international students in the United States received over $8 billion in financial assistance from the U.S. institutions hosting them.
As you may remember, approximately 1,600 Romanians are currently studying in the U.S. and over 500 of them are undergraduates with access to partial or total funding from their universities.
While not all 4,900+ universities in the U.S. can provide financial aid for their international applicants, a significant number of them can: see chapter XI of this publication for details and tips on finding schools that offer funding to international students and make sure you also visit the Financial aid section for further tips.
"The generous financial aid package that I was awarded made me realize that the college was willing to fully support admitted students so they could attend Wellesley. The cost of a year at Wellesley is of about $51,000, out of which I received $49,000 in grants and a small loan, with the option of being hired on campus to earn the rest. In order to continue receiving financial aid, I reapplied every year and, as long as I demonstrated financial need and kept my GPA above a C+, I received funding for the following year."
Adina Badea, Wellesley College, MA, alumna
"I applied in the first Early Decision round and was accepted with a financial aid package which covered my tuition, room and board almost completely. After receiving my admission offer, I was also invited to apply to the Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP), a special first-year course designed to expose students with a strong interest in science to research immediately after starting their academic career. "
Stefan Timiras, FEAC advisee and student at Trinity College, CT
My fulbright experience
Students at the advising center