I gotta be honest, I’m a huge fan of Canada. Canada has always reminded me of a giant version of America with a lot more breathing room and a lot less anger. Personally, I’ve been dying to visit Toronto for 10 years and still haven’t.
Not to mention wonderful exports like Rachel McAdams, Will Arnett and the old lady from “Sex and the City” (although you guys can take back Justin Bieber and Nickelback whenever you’re ready).
So I’m totally on board with Hilary, who really wants to ditch the States for a bit and head north.
Alrighty, so I’m desperate to attend Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Man, what is it with all the American students who write in, desperate to go to Wilfrid Laurier up in Ontario?
Just kidding, of course. First time I’ve heard of it. But now I’m curious: what is it about that school that makes you desperate to go there?
However, I am an American and I need assistance in finding scholarship money for International Students. It’s difficult for me to know what is reputable and what isn’t. Also, is there financial aid for those wanting to get a degree internationally?
Any help would be beautiful.
You got it.
First of all, you’ll be happy to know that you’re eligible for good old U.S. federal financial aid even though you’re going to a Canadian university. Just fill out the FAFSA as you normally would, and when you get to the part where you put in the six-digit school codes, you’ll find you can also search for Canadian schools as well as American ones (and also ones in Federated Micronesia!).
The code for Wilfrid Laurier is G08582.
And just in case you didn’t know, you also need a Canadian Study Permit to go to college in Canada. You can learn everything you need to know about those and actually fill out an interactive version of the application for one here on the Canadian government website.
As for college scholarships, other than our own here at Outlaw Student which are open to all students (international and otherwise), some safe bets for finding international scholarships are fastweb.com, scholarships.com and scholarshipexperts.com.
There are tons of scholarships out there with their own independent sites, but if you stick with those three, you should avoid the scammers and also find a lot of what’s available.
There you have it, Canucks — we’re sending Hilary your way. And she’s bringing Nickelback and Justin Bieber along, too.
— What about you? Any students out there temporarily transplanted into Canada with advice for Hilary? Let us know in the comments below.