"Omg...I will be kicked out from U of M...." (*Omg: Oh my goodness)
This morning, I found my friend posted the state above on Facebook.
Why did he thought that?
Because he couldn't pay tuition by the due date.
Being honest, I had an exactly same experience last year...
As same as many international students, tuition and living cost was one of the biggest concerns of mine before I came here.
When I was still in Japan, I had saved money for paying tuition by myself.
But it's not enough.
Are you wondering how I'm managing it...?
OK, I'll tell you the REAL stories!
First of all, I guess you must want to know how much the tuition is.
Actually, I cannot tell the exact price because it may be different depending of your program. You will know the price after you register for classes.
But I can guarantee the tuition for UofM is really reasonable comparing other top schools. (Please refer my former blog: Minnesota > New York?)
Click the links!
As I told you, my saving was not enough to pay the tuition.
Then, how do I keep paying it?
There are several way to reduce your tuition, and I'll introduce two of them.
1. Using financial aids
To get scholarship is a way to reduce your payment, but everyone cannot get it. However, even If you couldn't get any scholarship before you come here, you still can find some information of financial aid. ISSS is one of the departments that provides some financial aids, and also other departments or off-campus organizations may offer scholarships.
I recommend you to keep your eyes peeled for opportunities and to try!
2. Working on campus using your professional knowledge
This is definitely an advantage of grad students. Because the University of Minnesota is a HUGE research organization and because grad students have professional knowledge, most of them are qualified to work as teaching assistants or research assistants.
If you worked on campus by using your professional abilities, your tuition might be discounted. Including me, I know lots grad students who work and pay tuition by themselves.
Although I thought of giving up studying abroad many times because of my financial situation, now I'm having indeed precious experience at the University of Minnesota.
I deeply understand how you worried about the cost, but strongly suggest to find a way to overcome the concern.
Lastly, this is a picture of my friends' graduation ceremony last May.
I wish you stand there in the future :)
Thank you for reading such a long writing!
Feel free to ask further questions, and have wonderful everyday!!