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Hi, I am an international student accepted to a masters program at Columbia University. I need to get the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) from the university to get a private loan from a US based financial institution and to apply for F-1 visa. However, in order to be eligible for I-20, I need to prove that I have all the necessary funds to study at Columbia. This is a deadlock. Why'd I need a private loan if I already had the necessary funds? Or maybe I am missing something here. Am sure other international students going to Columbia would have similar questions.
I have been accepted to the dual MS program in Journalism and Computer Science at Columbia University. Columbia Journalism school has offered aid of $36,250 for 2018-19. Even if I manage to get the same amount for 2019-20, then too the remaining expenses (including tuition and living) is about $150,000. Coming from a middle class family in India, it is impossible for me to pay this much fees. I asked the office of admissions and financial aid at the J-School if they could increase the aid amount, but they turned down my request. There are certain universities like Chicago and UPenn where stude
I know this is a good problem to have but I am having a hard time deciding between New York University and Columbia... I have visited both and love both. The programs seem very similar and I'm sure clinical experiences are very similar as well. Does anyone have any thoughts or insight? Please help me haha