Ask @CAMPphilippines:

There are US schools that are need blind and offer full financial aid to some of its applicants (campus housing,food,books). Are there UK schools like this?

UK schools give very limited financial aid to international students, and even the most comprehensive are not as comprehensive as some US schools. Please contact us directly so we can connect you with our UK mentors - they know more about these things than the admin of this page do (we are all US-based).

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So, how do you present your academics in the application? Will it still give them a picture of the academic setting here? Additionally, it seems that tuition fees for schools like Oxford U and Cambridge are expensive, and scholarships, even living subsidies in the UK are hard to find. Is this true?

Yes, scholarships are much more difficult to find in the UK, and there is typically very limited financial aid for international students. However, it is not unheard of. I am unsure of the specifics, but if you message CAMP privately on facebook, we can connect you directly with our UK mentors.

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How different and hard is it to be accepted to the University of Cambridge or Oxford University? I visited their website and to apply for a desired course concentration, you should have taken AA levels or what sort related to the course you would like. I don't even know what AA levels are.

Applying to Oxbridge, or any UK university for that matter, is very different than applying to the US because they have completely different requirements. A levels are exams most high schoolers typically take at the end of their senior year, similar to the IB exams. Unlike in the US where you can enter university as an undeclared major, in the UK you choose what major you want to apply to. CAMP has mentors specifically for applications to universities in the UK, so if you're serious about applying there, apply for a mentor by the April 15 deadline!

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Hi! 1) Is there a disadvantage (ITO schools looking at your application) if you chose to take the SATs in your senior year of high school? I didn't feel prepared enough to take it in my junior year, so I decided to take it this school year instead. 2) When is the next batch for mentee apps? Thanks!

1) No, the only disadvantage would be that if you take it too late during your senior year, e.g. November or December, you will have no choice but to send whatever score you receive. You'll also have to send your score without knowing what score you got, because scores are received at least 2 weeks after you take the test, and you need to send your scores in time for colleges to see them.
2) We are applications on a rolling basis, with the next set deadline on April 15!

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University of the Philippines or Harvard College? I've just been accepted into Harvard under an early action plan. I am also an Oblation Scholar.

Depends on what kind of experience you're looking for! There are a lot of factors that you need to consider (e.g. academics, activities, homesickness, the weather). Do more research on both universities to see where you feel that you "fit" in more, and which offers programs that you are confident you will grow most in.

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What if we decide to take the SATs during the later part of sophomore year? Is that still okay?

Yes, that's still okay. SAT scores are valid for 5 years after you receive your score. However, note that you are recommended to only take the SAT 3 times. Most people take it during their junior year because that's when they feel most academically prepared, and opt to take the PSAT during their sophomore year to gauge how well they think they may do in the actual SAT.

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Eligibility: Candidates with 'x (insert criteria here)' are 'not encouraged / discouraged' to apply. Can someone please shed light to this? Does this statement differ from 'not allowed' to apply? Does this mean that, the college will automatically drop you off the selection process? Thank you!

Can you privately message us where you saw this? You can also send it as an anonymous question and we won't post it. No, it doesn't mean that the college will automatically drop you, but rather that you have to be specifically exceptional in order to bypass their discouragement if you meet "x" criteria. Essentially, it will make your application harder under no fault of your own.

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Hi! I am planning to apply for your summer internship program. I've seen the available positions already, but the one I was eyeing out for is for Grade 10 students. I am currently Grade 9, but will be counted as 10th by the end of March. Will I be considered as Grade 10? Thank you!

No, you are still considered grade 9. Apply anyway, though - you might just be more competitive than the other applicants!

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How long and how hard is it to accomplish the financial aid forms? And, generally, what are the financial aid forms needed to be accomplished?

The CSS form, which most US colleges require for financial aid consideration, can take a while to fill out. It's not so much difficult as it is tedious - you are asked for detailed information regarding your family's financial status. They ask for information such as parents' income, yearly expenses, financial history, etc. For most people, they have to sit down with their parents to fill it out.

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Chances in getting in a selective school with average sat scores like below 2000?

Depends on what schools you're applying to. Remember that there are over 3,000 universities in the US alone and that there's a school for every personality. If you're looking at the top 30 universities, then it is very unlikely to get accepted with financial aid with a score below 2000.

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UP vs Less selective school with full scholarship/ big amount of aid?

This really depends on what you're looking for - you need to consider a lot of factors that include what major you want to study, the environment you'll be in, what you want to do after college, and what you want out of your college experience. We recommend applying for a mentor or getting in touch with someone at CAMP if you want to discuss your options further.

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The amount of fin aid available per university is usually found online. (ex $40k) Does this amount refer to aid available for all students in the applicant pool applying for fin aid or for one only?

Average financial aid per student. Take note that this includes American citizens, who are able to receive significantly more financial aid than international students. Most universities will not have information on the average amount of aid received by internationals.

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