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4 months ago
Paying for College

Important question about my college application - International Student
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I'm an international student with a 3.36 (16.8/20) GPA and nice extracurricular activities who applied without SAT last year and got an offer from a college (#189 in Niche ranking) that costs me about $17K/Year.

I also got admitted to other better-ranking schools (like Indiana University - Bloomington, #120 in Niche ranking) but my financial aid offers was not as much as the one I mentioned.

Now I have taken the test and have a 1440 SAT score (Math 800, 640 EBRW).

Can I get better offers if I apply for colleges again using my SAT score?

or get the same 17k/year cost with a higher ranking college?

My goal is to get the most cost-effective offer for my undergradute studies in US.

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4 months ago

Hi there @MOHSEN,

In order to secure better financial aid, I would look into colleges that are both need-blind and meet 100% of demonstrated need for all applicants, including international students. If your SAT score is competitive in their range, you should definitely submit it - though I would watch out for your EBRW score as, depending on your prospective major, it may be a detractor. Ideally, you want to cross the 700 threshold for each subject, but since you do have a high composite score, it really depends on the caliber of college you are applying to. For your personalized chances you should check out our chancing engine to get a better idea of how you fit into your prospective schools.

Again, I want to stress that finding schools that meet both 100% of demonstrated need and do not consider financial status to determine admission for international students are going to be your best bet. You can find this information on your prospective schools' websites.

Hope this helps!

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4 months ago

Yes, you will get better admission offers if you apply with your SAT. You have a 96th percentile score, so you will have more and better options if you submit your SAT score. Good luck, hope this helps!

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