Most universities will require you to complete a financial statement. Do this carefully as it will be used to determine your eligibility for financial assistance.
In most cases, it won’t affect the decision to accept you. At undergraduate level, the decision to offer a place is usually completely separate from an offer of financial aid – based on merit, not ability to pay.
However, you need to look carefully to see whether the school is “need-blind” or “need-aware”. If the former, your ability to pay (and need for help with financial aid) won’t affect their admissions decision.
If a college is “need-aware”, that may indeed affect their admissions decisions, because they may reserve a percentage of places for students of a particular income level.
Now, that might mean they reserve a percentage of places for the most needy, or for middle class students whom they worry are falling between the income/financial aid cracks, or the wealthiest students who can afford to pay the full cost of attendance (COA).
The prototypical University of Europe exists as a collection of old, pretty buildings sprinkled through the historic centre of your average, fairy-tale European town, indistinguishable from all the other buildings around them but for a discreet plaque by the door.
Europe is the land of exchange. It seems like every student in the world who wants to take a year or term out to study abroad descends on Europe with high hopes of self-discovery and Broadening of Horizons. Within the continent itself, the ERASMUS program generates thousands of criss-crossing exchangers every semester.
If you want to escape our Island, why look further than across the channel?
You'll see mention of the Bologna Process cropping up in a number of our European uni write-ups; it matters to you for all kinds of reasons if you want to study in one of the 47 countries that have now signed up to it. Simon Sweeney's explanation of this fairly complicated new educational development is the clearest and most succinct we've seen.
Germany’s educational reputation is perhaps the best in the world after the US and UK. The snag is that all international students must pass stringent German language tests to study at most good universities in Germany. This has lead to the bizarre contradiction that the country is among the most popular destinations for exchange students, but one of the least popular for full degree-taking students.