"Prospective international students who wish to study in the United States must be able to prove their ability to pay for their educational program, a place to stay and other applicable living expenses while in the United States. Determination of the living expenses figure is an institutional decision and schools must receive a student’s financial evidence and report the student’s assets before issuing the Form I-20, 'Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.'
While F-1 and M-1 students are not eligible for U.S. government-funded financial aid, private schools may decide to award financial aid or scholarships to a student. This ability to award financial aid is dependent on the school’s financial aid policies and governing regulations. Prospective international students can use government tools and information, such as EducationUSA’s Find Financial Aid tool, to access financial aid resources designed specifically for international students."
This video explains the steps involved in getting a student visa.
Other Admission Requirements
Most private schools will require your child to take a standardized admissions test such as the SSAT. They will also require you to take the TOEFL if English is not your native language. The instruction and other communications in American private schools are given in English. As a result, proficiency in English is a must.
The schools in which you are interested will have detailed instructions about the international student application process. In addition, most of them make trips to foreign countries from which their current international students have come. Always ask if and when the admissions staff will be in your country.
One final item of concern that all parents think about, namely, local support. In other words, will there be a family near the school that can act as a surrogate family for my child? The answer is "Yes!" because most boarding schools understand how important your child's happiness is. While the programs vary from school to school, ask the admissions staff about such matters when you speak with them.
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