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The quality of a community’s schools is central to any family’s aspirations. Public education has largely been a local matter for school boards and states that allocate most of their funding. Yet for the past several decades, the federal government has entered the field in important and often disputed ways.

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Massachusetts ranks as the No. 1 state in education, by all these measures; New Jersey is No. 2. Several other Eastern Seaboard states stand out: New HampshireVermontMaryland and Virginia. And some Midwestern and Western states also rank in the top 10 in education: NebraskaIowaUtah and Washington. Eight of the states that rank in the top 10 in education also rank in the top 10 overall in the Best States rankings.

 

WHY STUDY IN AMERICA?

The US boasts over 150 leading universities in the QS World University Rankings®. The latest figures show that more than 1.18 million international students were studying in the US as of 2017, 77 percent of whom come from Asia. According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, the most popular states for international students were CaliforniaNew York and Texas, while the most popular subjects were engineeringbusiness and managementmathematics and computer science.

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It is not just the high standard of US universities that attracts students from far and wide. Whether you’re attracted to the bright lights and fast pace of the big city or to miles of unspoiled wilderness; sun-kissed beaches or vast mountain ranges; the rustic and traditional or the sleek and modern, this huge and incredibly varied country has something for everyone.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Based on an accurate and easy-to-use information, here are 4 most significant things for your choice encompassing student pathways, study costs and student visas.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

STUDY IN AMERICA

The quality of a community’s schools is central to any family’s aspirations. Public education has largely been a local matter for school boards and states that allocate most of their funding. Yet for the past several decades, the federal government has entered the field in important and often disputed ways.

Massachusetts ranks as the No. 1 state in education, by all these measures; New Jersey is No. 2. Several other Eastern Seaboard states stand out: New HampshireVermontMaryland and Virginia. And some Midwestern and Western states also rank in the top 10 in education: NebraskaIowaUtah and Washington. Eight of the states that rank in the top 10 in education also rank in the top 10 overall in the Best States rankings.

 

Top 10 best states for K12 & higher education:

RANK

STATE

HIGHER EDUCATION

PRE-K-12

1
Massachusetts
29 1
2
 
New Jersey
28

 

3

 

3
Utah
2 20
4
 New Hampshire
44 2
5
Iowa
8 8
6
Washington
3 26
7
 
Florida
1 40
8
  Vermont
36 4
9
Nebraska
7 15
10
  North Dakota
6 28

STUDY PATHWAYS

A pathway program allows international students who want to study in the US to take English as a second language (ESL) courses while also taking courses that will count as credits toward their degree. These programs last about a year and generally offer “conditional acceptance” to the college or university they are affiliated with. This means that students who finish the program with acceptable English language skills and a high enough GPA are automatically accepted into the affiliate school.

Pathway programs are especially useful for international students who want to study in the US, but don’t yet have the English language skills they need to score well on the English language standardized tests that are required for US colleges and universities.

THE U.S. REGIONS:

  • The West
  • Southwest
  • Southeast
  • Midwest
  • Northeast

COSTS & EXPENSES

How much does it cost to study in America? If you are interested in studying in the United States, one of the most important things you need to consider is how much everything is going to cost. This essential guide breaks down the cost of every aspect of university life to make sure you have everything covered.

Note that the prices and exchange rates are correct at the time of publication and may vary from those shown here.

Tuition fees

The US is one of the world’s most popular destinations for higher education – and also one of the most expensive. Although the initial pricing may cause a sharp intake of breath, it is worth exploring all avenues of funding and financial aid before ruling the country out.

Tuition fees range from $5,000 to $50,000 (£3,820-£38,200) per year. The average annual cost of tuition fees in the US was estimated at $33,215 (£25,376) in 2016. Most undergraduate degrees last four years, so, on average, students are graduating with $132,860 (£101,505) worth of debt.

While some countries differentiate pricing for home, EU and international students, American universities differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. A typical four-year public college charged in-state students $9,650 per year (£7,372) in 2016-17, while out-of-state students were charged $24,930 (£19,046). There are private non-profit colleges too, which charged $33,480 (£25,578) on average in the same year.

For example, the University of Michigan (one of the higher-ranking public universities) was charging out-of-state students $45,410 (£34,693) per year, with about $10,872 (£8,306) for accommodation and board, $1,048 (£800) for books and study supplies and $2,454 (£1,874) for other personal expenses. This amounts to a budget of $59,784 (£45,674) per year.

Accommodation costs

In general, university towns in the Midwest region of the US have lower living costs, whereas the East and North East are more expensive. The average apartment starts at $500 (£382) per month (a one-bedroom apartment in a rural area) and goes up to $3,500 or £2,674 (a one-bedroom apartment in Boston).

On-campus accommodation is typically in dormitories, with two or three people per room. Residents share bathrooms, toilets and showers.

In 2017, on-campus dormitory rooms in the US averaged $10,440 (£7,976) per year at public four-year colleges or $11,890 (£9,083) per year at private four-year colleges, including all utilities and housing-related costs. There are specific calculators for totting up accommodation and tuition fee estimations on each university website.

Other essential student costs

Internet provision costs $45-50 (£34-38) per month, and household and monthly phone bills are around $50 (£38). Petrol costs around $3.50 (£2.67) per gallon (4.5 litres). A monthly public transport pass costs about $50-60 (£38-45) and some areas offer discounted prices for students. The average cost of books and academic supplies per academic year is $1,170 (£893), or $390 (£297) per semester.

Another compulsory cost to consider is the student visa to study in the US, which costs $160 (£122). The application can be a long process and is best started about three-five months before the semester begins.

Lifestyle

Utilities may or may not be included in the price of rented accommodation but electricity is about $50-100 (£38-76) per month and heating is $50-100 per month. Water, sewerage and rubbish collection contributions are paid by the landlord, but if that responsibility lies with the tenant this will amount to $50-75 every three months.

Weekly groceries in the US cost between $20 and $60 per person (£15-45), depending on diet – the price of fresh fruit and vegetables varies considerably throughout the country. Some meals are included with the price of university accommodation (many prices will be room and board – which includes some meals or meal plan cards).

A meal in a restaurant costs about $13 (£10) and a trip to the cinema is about $11 (£8.40). In 2017, a Big Mac from McDonald’s is $5.30 (£4.05).

The average monthly gym membership is $36.37 (£27.79). A bottle of wine costs around $10 (£7.64) and a pint of beer costs $4-5 (£3-3.50) but can be as high as $8 (£6) in some cities like New York. Prices for a night out depend on the state and the activity, but 2017 figures suggest that the average event-goer in the US spends an average $81 (£62) per night ($26 on drinks, $11 on transport, $34 on a gig ticket and $10 on late night snacks).

 

STUDENT VISA TO AMERICA

Before you can apply for an F, J, or M student visa, you must first apply and be accepted by a U.S. institution of higher education that is certified by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP). Then, you will receive a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from the institution’s international student office to present when you apply for your student visa.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the nation authorities can make changes to programs,  costs, visa application process without notifying us. Different rules can apply to different nationalities so always read the instructions from the immigration authorities carefully. The information in the article above is correct to the best of our knowledge but we cannot be held responsible for any error that might occur without our knowledge. When in doubt always trust the official sources and check with them if needed.

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