Enchantment in the United Kingdom

Written by AppUK Student Ambassador in USA, Leanne Springer.

 

“I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o’er vales and hills, /When all at once I saw a crowd, /A host, of golden daffodils…”

These famous lines quoted in the poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” were written by the renowned British poet, William Wordsworth, known for being a strong force of the Romantic Movement that hit the shores of Great Britain in the late 18th century.  This particular poem was influenced by a bed of daffodils that Wordsworth and his sister stumbled upon while walking through the English countryside.  Many other great authors and poets come to mind when I think of Great Britain, such as Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Lord Alfred Tennyson, John Keats; to name a few.  My personal love for culture and nature has been burgeoned by the works of such writers.  What better a place for students, specifically from America and Canada, than the United Kingdom to explore and embrace such an abundance of culture and nature?

As English is an official language of America and Canada, students from these countries should have no problem when facing a language barrier in the UK.  Through personal experience, I have come to realize how daunting it can be to study abroad in another country where the language is not your own.  This can lead to communication breakdown.  Though I am not discouraging study in a foreign country where the language is not familiar to one’s own, I do encourage American and Canadian students to study in the UK because of the similarities in language.  This can act as a comfortable beginning for students who have rarely or not traveled outside of America and Canada previously.

Americans and Canadians share another similar aspect with the United Kingdom, which is a mutual respect for nature.  All of these countries offer an abundance of beautiful, natural scenery.  Who does not like to go on a walk through the woods, or to be overlooking a sunset on an ocean shore?  The United Kingdom offers these natural wonders as well.  Americans and Canadians alike can enjoy nature in the United Kingdom, while experiencing a different culture.

Those potential students who decide to study in the United Kingdom through ApplicationUK also have added benefits from the company, such as a free application process, a single application that qualifies for five universities (unlike most North American universities that require a single application for each university, a headache in itself), sponsorship of the Visa, and a bonus of £300.  The money can be used however you see fit (maybe a shopping spree or local travel?)

The next time you experience another culture (perhaps in the UK?) remember the lines of Lord Alfred Tennyson;

“I am part of all that I have met;/ Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough/ Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades/ For ever and for ever when I move.”

 

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Reminder: Americans are eligible for federal student aid!

The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a student aid fund run by the U.S. Department of Education to help finance students pursuing higher education, whether it be a Bachelors or Masters degree.

What a lot of Americans don’t realise is that they are still able to make an application for student aid EVEN if they choose to pursue a degree in the UK. There is a lot of confusion on whether funding is available for Americans overseas and who it might be available to.

Let’s make it simple then…

Remember this date: June 30th
Most Americans will be familiar with the FAFSA if they have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. In fact, even earlier; as Seniors in high school are required by their schools to fill out a FAFSA as a class assignment. This is in order to teach students to take control of their student funding in the years ahead.
June 30th is the typical deadline for the online FAFSA application but it does vary in some states so please check on this website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm

Eligibility: You must be an American citizen with a high school diploma or GED who has been enrolled or accepted as a student at a university degree or certificate program. You can click to see this simple pathway on the following image:

 

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Type of aid: Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan
If you’re an undergraduate student who is spending less than a year’s time in the UK then Pell Grants are the best option. Grants don’t have to be paid back but are only awarded if you’re eligible according to your financial need. Those who cannot apply for a grant will need to look at Direct Subsidized Loans, loans with no interest charges until after graduation.

For undergraduates who don’t demonstrate financial need (depends on yours or parent’s income)—Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available but charge interest straight away.

Direct PLUS Loans are most suitable for postgraduate students and parents of students with a good credit history, interest is charged at all times.

Which UK universities are eligible to receive US student aid?
For a full list please have a look here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/international-schools-in-federal-loan-programs.xlsx

Not the right option for you? If you’d like to learn more about other funding opportunities for American students, please message our AppUK team at info@applicationuk.com

Source: http://fafsa.ed.gov

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