How to get a scholarship that covers your exam fees (Get Accepted to Your Dream University Part #6)

– Hey guys, welcome back to my channel. I'm filming from an amazing cottage today. We're in Yosemite which is a national park in California. We're spending a weekend here but I know you're waiting for more educational videos and I know that a lot
of you guys are willing to apply to American
universities and come here to study 'cause I know that this place is really inspirational and I'm gonna show you what's around and it's so beautiful and I hope you enjoy it too. Today I'm gonna talk about a scholarship. That's gonna help you
cover all of the admissions costs associated with getting admitted to an American university
so if you're interested, continue watching. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) I'm gonna tell you a story. Back in 2014 when I had this dream of studying in the US
I realized that there is a lot of money I need upfront just to go through the process. Like let me just show you what it takes to apply to American university. First you need to take all of the tests. An an average TOEFL costs from 150 to $200 depending where you are. GMAT is over $200. GRE is pretty much the same. SAT is a little cheaper, again
it depends where you are. The prices vary from country to country but it ranges from like
$50 here in the US, I think $60 up to $100 if
you're somewhere abroad and sometimes you even
need like GRE subject and SAT subject and you do not even know if you're gonna get
accepted but you already need to pay like $500 out of pocket, but this is not it. Like the next step is
applying to universities and the application fee ranges from zero 'cause some universities would allow you not to pay the application
fee or pay like a small fee of $30 the University
of Florida I think has like $30, but if
you're applying to top universities it's $250 each and sometimes people are asking me
hey Marina could I apply to like 10 or 20 universities? Of course you can if you have that money. I didn't have that
money, 'cause when I sat down and calculated okay
so the exam's around $500 the second thing regarding
the exams that I realized was that all of the GMAT dates
in Saint Petersburg, Russia were booked when I was
in my application process so I had to go to Finland which is next to Saint Petersburg,
it's six hours by bus, but still only Helsinki
had available dates so I had 300 more dollars of
the cost of the total trip. Then I made a list of
universities that I was going to apply to and it was
like, I don't $600 minimum. So yeah, it adds up. You might end up paying
from $1000 up to 2500 which is again a lot
because you do not even know whether you're gonna get
accepted and that was my dilemma. I was like, I didn't
have that money back then and I found out about a scholarship, and this is not an ad. This is like me sharing what helped me hop on the way of admissions to the US. The scholarship is called
The Opportunity Award and it's awarded by an
organization, it's run by the government called Educated USA. So I found out that this
is this Opportunity Award. What it means. Basically they cover
your application fees, your exam fees, they cover
everything that's associated with the application like
I had to travel to Helsinki they covered that. If you get accepted to
an American institution will full financial
aid they're gonna cover your flight, they're gonna give you money for the first month or
your life, and they're gonna cover your visa
expenses which is like extra 2000 or $3000 depending
on where you're going, where you're flying from. It's a lot. But it's not like they give
this scholarship to everyone, this award. They give it only to people who
they think have good chances of getting full ride
scholarships from American universities so basically
the application process for me was to listen to their lectures, like they have I think it was 10 lectures. They were online and at
that time I didn't believe I'm gonna get it so basically
I switched on the lecture and I would do something
like work and stuff I didn't really listen to
it but it's really basic like they're talking
about what is Bachelors? What is Masters? What is GMAT? What is SAT? Like explaining all of
the definitions and terms, and then after that for
you in order to apply for the scholarship you
need to have listened to all of the lectures. Sometimes they would have
like in-person meetings sometimes so you would just
submit your personal statement, why do you think you're
gonna get a full ride scholarship from an American university? They ask you to find at least
five to six universities in the US who provide full financial aid to international students and they ask you to show your results. Your GPA, if you won any scholarships, if you've taken any
English language tests. So you have to be an
academically strong student to apply for that, to receive that. You can apply with like any background but they're gonna select the best ones. But I found out after I applied is that there were only like 20 applicants 'cause not a lot of people believed in themselves and the application process was really… In terms of like there's
a lot of documents involved, like even finding
those five universities that provide full financial
aid, like took me two weeks. So I applied. It happened, I think I
applied in the beginning of September like in the
last day when I was supposed to apply like deadline was that day. I did everything frantically
like trying to find the last couple
universities, trying to write the personal statement like
scanning all of my diplomas and I submitted it and
then nothing happened. It was September and
at the end of September I was like okay, I'm
probably not gonna get it and if I don't get it
then I don't have money to apply to American universities and I just forgot about
it and then October 28th an email comes and it says you have been selected for an Opportunity Award and I'm like okay, wow. My first deadline is January,
it was like January 7th and I realized oh my god this is it. I need to start getting
ready for my exams. DMAT, uh-uh. It's a tough exam and it
took me like two months to prepare in this like
very short period of time. TOEFL and then find the
universities that provide financial aid because the
universities that I submitted the committee that selected
me actually told me that those universities
do not provide full financial aid, only one
that I've selected had it and they told me to find five more. It was rough. It was rough two months
but for me like if you're still doubting whether
you should apply or not, I think this is a goal trigger. So what do you need to do is actually go to your local Google
or whatever, go to Google, Google Education USA plus your country or your city or your town,
find out if they provide Opportunity Award in your country and apply for it. I think they give it out twice a year and if you're lucky enough you get it and they cover everything
and it's also like for me it wasn't only the
money, it was the support. 'Cause I was alone in my
city and I thought I'm the only one from Saint
Petersburg who's going to American universities and trying to get this financial aid 'cause I've never known anyone who received full financial aid and I was like oh my god
should I even try or not? And I did it, and I got it,
and it was life changing. And this is what I
highly, highly recommend you guys to do if you're
still at the beginning of your application process, go ahead, check out Education USA. Even if they don't have Opportunity Award, I'm sure they have a lot of
lectures and free classes that you can attend. In Saint Petersburg they
had like a small library with all the books that you could use for free like GMAT prep and stuff. So please go ahead, research it, and maybe you are lucky
enough, lucky as me get a scholarship and continue with your application process. That was it from me for today guys. I hope you enjoyed this
video and of course do not forget to ask me
questions in the comment below because they inspire
me a lot in terms of topics for my next videos. Thank you so much and I will see you soon. Bye-bye. (upbeat music)


  1. Hi, Marina!! I am from Brazil and my dream right now is to get into an american university. Your channel is really helping me improve my english and my US knowledge, thank you so much for sharing these informations! I have one question for you: before you get into an american university, what have you done to stand out in your application??

  2. hello I am Patrick from Rwanda just I don't have any one to help me to study in University please if it is possible you may help me in application process my all parent died in Genocide no one to help me please if you need my contact my email is [email protected]

  3. Hello , Marina , I am from Uzbekistan and I am gonna apply for USA University but I do not have enough money to cover my tuition fee and other costs , please give me a trick to get USA University and easy way to get visa

  4. Marina I'm from India and there is no scholarships available to cover application and visa fees.. What are the other options??

  5. Ты замечательная! И видео у тебя интересные. Надо все пересмотреть!)

  6. Hey, I am from India. your youtube episodes are really very encouraging and supportive for me. thank you so much!

  7. Thank you so much for your helpfull information. I would thank you a lot if I ask you to what university can offer schoolarship, extra helps to cover the costs, etc.

  8. Gre Gmat ielts toefl set aside money for twice test taking. Some universities does give fee waivers I got many just have to do more research. And yes top 10 universities cost insane to apply 1000 dollar for 4 only. So these tips are great

  9. I like you to talk about the University of the People. Many people are talking about this tuition-free, online university. What do you think about?

  10. Can make a video for countries that don't fall under Education USA list and what is the backup steps that can be performed to achieve Financial aids in the USA?

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