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Scholarships and Financial Aid for Day 1 CPT Students

Scholarships and financial aid are extremely important to international students who wish to pursue their education and future career abroad. For many international students, the cost of tuition and living expenses in a foreign country can be prohibitively high, making it difficult for them to pursue their academic and career aspirations. Although Day 1 CPT programs provide unique opportunities for international students to take on paid internships while studying, extra scholarships and financial aid can provide them with more support that they need to make their dreams a reality. Scholarships and financial aid can level the playing field for those who came from a developing country. Ultimately, scholarships and financial aid not only benefit individual international students but also contribute to a more diverse and inclusive academic community in the U.S. And that is why day1cpt.org has been working with many Day 1 CPT universities to urge them to establish more affordable Day 1 CPT courses while providing extra support to those who excelled academically.

Day 1 CPT Universities and their scholarship opportunities

Day 1 CPT Scholarship and Financial Aids:

Need-Based Scholarship:

A need-based scholarship provides financial assistance for students with financial need. It is not required to be repaid by students unless they withdraw from school or fail to meet their obligations. Such grants are available from a variety of federal, state, and institutional sources. Westcliff University also offers this type of financial aid.

Merit-Based Scholarships:

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, athletic ability, artistic talent, or other exceptional qualities. These scholarships are not required to be repaid, and they are typically awarded through a competitive application process. Merit-based scholarships are provided by a variety of sources, including educational institutions, private organizations, corporations, and government agencies. The scholarship amounts can vary widely, from a few hundred dollars to full tuition and living expenses. Many Day 1 CPT universities that we partner with offer this type of scholarship. For further details, please keep reading. We have provided a comprehensive summary.

Paid Internship

Work-study programs allow students to earn money for their tuition through part-time jobs, available both on and off-campus. All Day 1 CPT universities offer such courses. To participate, you need to enroll in a CPT course and get CPT approval from your Designated School Official (DSO) before beginning any paid internships. There are specific requirements that must be met. For more information, please refer to our post titled "All about Day 1 CPT."

Loans

A student loan serves a means of helping students to pay for their higher education expenses. This type of loan requires repayment, generally with interest, once the borrower either graduates or reduces their course load below a specified threshold. Sources of student loans include governmental entities, private financiers, and educational institutions, with repayment terms and conditions differing based on the loan's nature and the lender.

Payment Plan

Many Day 1 CPT students are able to find paid work in the United States without the need for substantial savings. Through a monthly payment plan, they can pay their tuition fees on a monthly basis after receiving their paycheck. However, not every Day 1 CPT university offers this option, as it can increase the administrative burden on their staffs. We are actively collaborating with some Day 1 CPT universities to help make this payment method more widely available to our students. Currently, institutions like Westcliff University, NEC, Trine University, and Saint Peter’s University have made this option available.

Here are lists of scholarships and financial aids available for students at several well-known Day 1 CPT universities.

Monroe College

Scholarships Application Requirements Amount Application Method
Graduate International Student Scholarship (INTS) GPA 3.75+ /First master's degree in the U.S. $1,000-$3,000 contact us, we'll check your eligibility and apply for you directly
U.S. Graduate Scholarship GPA 3.0+ $2,000. Tuition reduced to $4,220/Semester contact us, we'll check your eligibility and apply for you directly
www.day1cpt.org GoElite Scholarship GPA2.8+ $600 contact us, we'll check your eligibility and apply for you directly
Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program (MGSP) GPA 3.3+ / Full-time employee in NYC / First Master's Degree in the U.S> 50% tuition reduction i contact us, we'll check your eligibility and apply for you directly
Graduate Articulation Agreement Scholarship (MART) GPA 3.7+ / First Master's Degree in the U.S. $1,000-$3,000 contact us, we'll check your eligibility and apply for you directly

Harrisburg University

www.day1cpt.org x GoElite scholarship; $600 >>> Contact us to check your eligibility and claim it directly

Trine University

www.day1cpt.org x GoElite scholarship; $600 >>> Contact us to check your eligibility and claim it directly

Westcliff University

Scholarships Application Requirements Amount Application Method
Distinguished scholarships GPA 3.5+ / only freshman $10,000 online;200-500 words statement + 2 recommendation letters + CV + Transcript
Scholarships for Outstanding Achievement Recognition GPA 3.5+ $5000 online;200-500 words statement + 2 recommendation letters + CV + Transcript
Building Leaders for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity GPA 3.25+ $2500 online;200-500 words statement + 2 recommendation letters + CV + Transcript
Warrior Scholarships GPA 3.0+ / Proof of financial difficulty $2500 online;200-500 words statement + 2 recommendation letters + CV + Transcript
www.day1cpt.org x GoElite Scholarship GPQ 2.0+ / SEVIS Transfer Students only $1000 add referral code "GoElite" when applying for the university.

CiAM

Scholarships Application Requirement Amount Application Method
President's Scholarship/Women in Leadership Scholarship Women who had leadership experience $3000 300-500 words article explaining "What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a female leader and how have you overcome it? How do you hope to further develop your leadership abilities and experience?" - Resume.
Management as a Liberal Art Scholarship Freshman & Existing students $3000 "Discussing management as a liberal art is an innovative perspective and/or solution to contemporary management themes." - Personal Essay (300-500 words)
Joseph A. Maciarello First Generation Scholarship First-generation college student in your family $2500 "What does being the first person in your family to earn a graduate degree mean to you and your community?" - Personal Essay (300-500 words)
Academic Excellence Scholarship GPA 3.8+ $3000 "Please submit all unofficial transcripts for degrees earned."
Community Service Scholarship Have done community service before $2500 "Project supervisor or institutional letter of recommendation - Resume."
Entrepreneurship Scholarship entrepreneur $2000 Evidence of customer activity for the past 6 months.
International Scholarship (International student only) GPA 3.5 + / Initial F1 students $2000 Certified Transcript & Diploma

Sofia University

Scholarships Application Requirement Amount Application Materials
MovingHumanityForwardScholarship Application available only for new students after online application and personal essay admission $2000 Personal statement: How has education at Sofia University helped you drive social progress?
Merit-Based Scholarship Application is available only for new students who have been admitted through online application and personal essay. Students who are applying for Fall or Winter admission can apply. $5000 Personal statement: Explain why you are applying and what achievements you hope to gain.
Entrepreneurship Scholarship Application is available only for new students after online application and personal essay admission. $2000 Personal statement: If you currently own a business, please tell us about your industry and how you hope to develop it. If you are a future entrepreneur, please tell us about some obstacles you face and how you hope to overcome them.
Equity Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Application is available only for new students who have been admitted through online application and personal essay. Students applying for Fall or Winter admission can apply. $4000 Personal statement: Discuss how cultural diversity has helped shape your personal growth.
International Students Scholarship Application is available only for new students after online application and personal essay admission. $2500 Personal statement: Why do you want to pursue a STEM degree? What do you hope to gain from American education? What are your career goals and aspirations in this field?
Community Engagement & Social Advocacy Scholarship Application is available only for new students after online application and personal essay admission. $2000 Personal statement: Please define what community means to you. Describe how you have engaged with yourself, others, and the larger community.

International Technological University

Scholarships Application Requirement Amount Application Materials
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Financial Support (APAHMFS) Asian Pacific Islanders are eligible to apply. -25% tuition Contact us for help
Alumni Financial Support (AFS) Application is available at the beginning of each semester. -25% tuition contact us for help
Presidential Scholarship (PSFS) Successful transition from F1 visa to H1B visa during the academic program. -25% tuition apply online

Sullivan University

Scholarship: Graduate Program Scholarship

Application Requirement: GPA 3.0+

Amount:

  • GPA 3.0 + = $3000

  • GPA 3.24+ = $3600

  • GPA 3.5+ = $4500

Apply here: https://www.sullivan.edu/graduate-programs/scholarship

Dallas Baptist University

undefined Application Requirement Amount Application Materials
BGCT Ministry Scholarship BGCT members $100 - $1000/sem proof of being a church member
Church Match Christians $3500 deadline: May 3rd, 2023

Application link: https://www.dbu.edu/ministry-guidance/scholarships/graduate.html

If you have questions regarding scholarships or payment plans, you are welcome to contact us for a free consultation.

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