#6 Potential Concerns

As mentioned before, a proper decision on major should include consideration of personal interest, future career, and personal ability. Seniors from Qibao High School have already been better at math, compared to other peers. However, not everybody can afford the high cost of studying abroad. Although universities and colleges require international students to submit certification of their family income, it does not represent that all the qualified families can support their children living in a foreign country easily. Then, what exactly the issue is?

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The table above can show some common idea about tuition of universities and colleges in the U.S, excluding accommodation and other fees. Because there is no accommodation and other fees, it seems reasonable. However, supporting a full-time undergraduate in the U.S costs way more than what shown above. Tuition is only part of the large amount of money since the living price in the U.S is comparatively higher than in China thanks to the currency. Not to mention, some students might consider buying a car because of the inconvenience of public transportation. The table below is the most expensive universities to enroll in the U.S, including room, board, and other fees (“Most Expensive U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015–2016”).

Rank College Total Cost
1. Harvey Mudd College $67,255
2. Columbia University $66,383
3. New York University $65,860
4. Sarah Lawrence College $65,630
5. University of Chicago $64,965
6. Bard College at Simon’s Rock $64,519

Although costing listed above is astounding, there are always solutions. Fortunately, there are financial aids and scholarships available for students in most of the universities and colleges. For example, at MIT, the highest ranked university in the US (and the world), 90% of undergraduates receive financial aid (Laura Bridgestock). At Caltech, almost 60% of undergraduates receive aid (Laura Bridgestock). Besides financial aids, which is not available for international students in most public universities, seniors in Qibao High school also might get opportunities to apply for scholarships based on their existed strong background in academics. Because the high school is one of the most prestigious high schools in Shanghai, seniors must be able to learn entry-level classes well as undergraduates after enrolled. Therefore, they should be able to apply for scholarships and have a comparatively high possibility of being considered. Otherwise, they can still get loan for oversea education at banks through application in China.

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Work Cited

Laura Bridgestock. “How Much Does it Cost to Study in the US?”. 30 January 2015. TOPUNIVERSITIES. www.topuniversities.com/student-info/student-finance/how-much-does-it-cost-study-us. Accessed 28 November 2016.
“Most Expensive U.S. Colleges and Universities, 2015–2016” www.infoplease.com/us/education/most-expensive-schools.html. Accessed 28 November 2016.
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