TakeruK wrote:Not all students admitted will get funding for sure, but all the major schools tend to admit students only if they can fund them. In fact, for international students, it's harder to get into some US schools because our tuition costs more so they don't have the money to fund us!
You can check the past profile threads -- most people state whether or not they got a funding offer (and sometimes the amount too!).
For STEM fields, e.g. astronomy, I would say that, unless you are wealthy, only consider schools that offer you a tuition waiver and a decent stipend. Offering funding means they are investing in you. If they admit you without funding, to me, this sends a message that they don't really believe in you / not confident in your ability to succeed.
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