An international student can get scholarships while attending MiraCosta College

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A student getting scholarship award at MiraCosta College in 2016

As an international student, I initially thought that I would not be able to get a scholarship, because scholarships and financial aid seemed more available for the U.S residents and citizens. However, I did it!  I won a $1000 MiraCosta College scholarship in May 2017!!   I learned a lot from this experience, such that I have to read a lot to  find the available scholarships which I am eligible to apply.

MiraCosta scholarships are available to students who complete one semester and are continuing for another semester. I had to write an essay as a personal statement in which I described myself as how I deserved that scholarship. Basically, I answered two questions:

  • “What makes you different from the other candidates?”
  • “What makes you deserve this scholarship?”
Nhi Tran, from Vietnam, won $1000 Miracosta College Scholarship

Applying was easy. On the MiraCosta Scholarship webpage, I typed my student ID and SURF password.  I completed personal information, then uploaded a personal statement and my MiraCosta transcript.  The most important requirement was that I had to submit my transcript from the previous semester and showed them my future enrolled classes.  That means I needed to have at least one full semester at MiraCosta getting a certain minimum GPA (vary depending on each scholarship), and I will be enrolling for the next semester, because a lot of scholarship at MiraCosta are not transferable.



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Scholarship Celebration at MiraCosta in 2016

There have been a lot of students winning the scholarships at MiraCosta College, and there are a lot of types of scholarships with different amount awarded. Gie, an international student from Malaysia, got 2017 annual scholarship which was $500 award. “I felt happy. The scholarship made my day,” said Gie

Gie Song Tan, from Malaysia, got 2017 annual scholarshipa at Miracosta College

Gie also shared some tips to the future candidates at MiraCosta that, “All you have to do is to get a good grade, put some effort writing, share your story and experience, you can seek help from Writing Center or even Scholarship office.” In personal statement, he wrote about the difficulties that he has experienced in the United States, his educational as well as career goals, and how the scholarship would help him. All of that helped him win the scholarship. MiraCosta has great financial resources available for students who attend this College. So why not apply when you need financial support? First, finish your first semester at MiraCosta College with a good GPA. Second, look for the scholarships that you are eligible to apply. Then go for it!

For more information on scholarships, check out Augustina’s blog.


The answer to the Question about scholarship, from a student perspective

Scholarship Scholarship Scholarship!!!!!!!!

I know almost every one wants to know if the can have a scholarship from MiraCosta college or any other college. Before they even attend it. Well I also went through that. First of all I can only speak for MiraCosta because that is the only college I have attended here is the US and I am not willing to change that for nothing.

I know a lot of international students love asking about scholarships, I am a student, scholarship was also one of my first question. I will answer you very sincerely and from my experience. You need to attend at least one semester at MiraCosta college before you can be eligible for any form of scholarship offered by the school. That dose snot mean that after you first semester you will automatically have a scholarship, No No No!!!!

  1. You are not eligible for a MiraCosta scholarship if you are not a student. So my best advice to you is to first of all apply and get admission then………
  2. You need to take a least one semester of full time classes and have good result before you start talking about………scholarships
  3. If you are a MiraCosta student  and you have good grades, then you can apply for a scholarship. Wait wait wait don’t be too excite sorry but I need to tell you the truth, applying for a scholarship does not mean that you are automatically going to receive it.
  4. But being a student at Miracosta with good grades makes you eligiable for some types of scholarships.

Rihanna performing at the Coachella Festival in California in April 2016.

Rihanna recently announced the launched of a scholarship program on Instagram. that is aimed helping eligible  international students. with an amount between US $5000-$50000

In the US it is call free money, but first like most scholarships you need to be a student. So if you are not yet a student go to and apply. If you are already a student don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.



Saving up the money

Hi guys,

Let’s talk about the budget of your studying.

I’m going to give you some tips to save up your money, as you prepare your trip to the United States.

The first and probably the easiest way to earn money are by scholarships. Fortunately for you, MiraCosta College offers a lot of scholarships which are available every semester. However, the best part of it is that it is very easy to apply for it.

* Have to mention that scholarship available for currently enrolled students only.

The second way to reduce your expenses is by getting a job on campus.

  • I was personally lucky to get two jobs on campus. My first was to be blogger for the international student’s office and the second one was to work at the library at the circulation desk.

* The application process and job I will describe in my next blog.

The other following tips might help you to cover a few of your expenses.

  • The “Textbook Loan Program” can help you to get one free book per semester which can be huge money saving. (One book can be more than $300.)
  • Renting books instead of buying them. You can try to rent your books from “amazon”, “chegg” or even the bookstore at MiraCosta College.
  • Another tips for books would be to check at the beginning of the semester, the book your teacher is asking you to buy and check at the library if they have it on reserve so you can borrow them for their and save money.
  • As international student you are offered to use the college insurance. However, it is just an offer but not an obligation to purchase this insurance.  You can research options for health insurance to meet your need.

See you soon.