Making US universities more affordable

It’s no secret that US universities are expensive - for example, Harvard University can cost you nearly $50,000 a year just for tuition.

As an international student from Africa, it can be challenging to get financial aid - but it is possible. In the 2020-21 school year an average of $20,867 was given to each international student who received financial aid in the USA.

Crimson can help! Our students will develop aid strategies and research the grants and scholarships available to them with their Crimson Strategist and our Financial Aid Consultants are on hand to guide them through the submission process.

Studying at a top US university is worth the effort and provides a strong return on investment. The flexibility of the liberal arts curriculum, the incomparable undergraduate research opportunities and their world-renowned prestige set their graduates up for fruitful and prosperous careers.

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College costings

Tuition fees range from $26,000 to $50,000 per year for international students. Most undergraduate degrees last four years, so, on average, students will pay around $152,000.

You have to take accommodation and living expenses into account too. On-campus dormitory rooms in the US average between $5-8,000 including all utilities and housing-related costs.

Here are some example universities and how much they would cost to attend for 4 years:

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Harvard University

$49,653 a year for tuition fees $10,927 a year for accommodation $242,320 total for 4 years at Harvard

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Stanford University

$55,473 a year for tuition fees $10,110 a year for accommodation $262,332 total for 4 years at Stanford

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MIT

$55,450 a year for tuition fees $11,550 a year for accommodation $268,000 total for 4 years at MIT

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University of Chicago

$57,642 a year for tuition fees $17,004 a year for accommodation & food $298,584 total for 4 years at UChicago

Financial aid options

These are the three main types of financial support US universities offer international students. However, there are more scholarship and bursary options for specific universities, courses and student achievements that your Crimson team will help you apply for.

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Offers to Ivy League universities

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Offers to Oxford and Cambridge

2,500+

Offers to top 50 US universities

1,000+

Offers to top 10 universities

Crimson is here to help!

Applying to top US universities is a difficult task which is why so many students seek external support.

Each of our programmes are tailored to the student and are delivered by a carefully selected team of mentors who provide focussed support with each and every aspect of the process.

We are proud to say that students who work with us are four times as likely to get into their dream university than those who apply alone.

By speaking to one of our Academic Advisors you will receive;

  • A full review of your academic and extracurricular profile
  • Tailored guidance as to suitable university pathways
  • An outline of what they need to do to achieve their goals

Our packages for US university support start at $5,300 p.a. (based on a Grade 11 student).

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University strategy

Multi-year support with application preparation and submission with the help of a personalised roadmap.

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Admission test tutoring

One-to-one sessions covering test content, technique and confidence for the best chance of getting a great score.

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Personal statement development

Support with personal statement ideation, tone, language and structure as well as multi-draft feedback.

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Supercurricular mentoring

Supercurricular and research project planning, execution and reporting to ensure passion for your subject is demonstrated in the application.

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Interview preparation

Coaching on how to answer common questions and communicate a story persuasively.

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Financial aid and scholarship strategy

Guidance on the options, requirements and help completing necessary paperwork.

Meet some of our Crimson mentors

Our mentors have studied at the universities our students aim for, some of them have even worked in the admissions office!

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