Being an International student with non-excellent test scores (163q, 157v, 730p) scores, I mostly applied to 2nd and 3rd Tier Universities.
I got official acceptance by one of the Universities but didn't receive any details regarding assistantships or fellowships. After inquiring about it via email I got the response that they have sent out the TA offers and my name wasn't on their list and that they might send out a second round of offers after 15 April.
Prior to applying to all these schools I was told by multiple sources that Grad schools do not offer admission unless they can financially support the candidate. Even this University's website claims that ALL of their first year students are supported via TA/RA or external fellowships and the AIP's file on the University also corroborates their claim by showing that all 22 out of 22 fall 2015 enrollees got full tuition waiver and TA positions.
Why am I the unfortunate exemption?
Also, I got 29/30 in TOEFL Speaking test so the question of whether I have enough English language skills for a TA is void.