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Paying for College

The college I want to go to is expensive. I don't want to burden my parents, but I also don't want to pay students loans forever (on a teacher salary). I'd love to find good scholarships that I can apply for. #scholarshipsearch

I actually started January 2018 and 6 months later… pays off! The site Going Merry helps connect students to scholarship $$$! + you get to meet a lot of amazing supportive people! I met Stanford Grads, business people, doctors, dentists, engineers, etc! With this extra help, I’m pretty much set this year for at least tuition (I am not factoring in other expenses) sooo... help yourself out too! If you are motivated you can start to earn $$$ too! Going Merry makes things easier, but you still need to put in the hard work! My advice is put in the effort now (take the time to apply) so you do not have to worry in the future (ditch the loans, no more debt!). >>> https://www.goingmerry.com/c/caitlinp-l0dy (refer for free swag! Caitlin P.

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Hi Trevor,

College is pretty expensive, so I understand your concern about attending a pricey university. The first suggestion I have is to see what scholarships the university offers. Sometimes Alumni and local businesses will have scholarships that they provide for the university to give to students.

Secondly, I would recommend searching for scholarships online. Scholarships.com & Cappex.com are great resources. I was awarded 2 scholarships that I found through those websites when I was a senior in high school.

If enrollment time comes around & you have not been awarded any scholarships, I would recommend attending a more affordable school. I went to San Diego State ( a public school) & received a great education. Consider making a compromise so you literally dont have to pay for it later.

Hope this helps! Best of luck!


Mennen recommends the following next steps:

Reach out to the university financial aid office to see what scholarships they have available
Research scholarships on Scholarships.com, Cappex.com, & Google.com

There are many different scholarships available, so you can narrow it down by applying to those with essays that actually interest you.  Here are some sites I found success in:  https://www.goingmerry.com/c/caitlinp-l0dy  (I highly recommend Going Merry because it is like a common application) https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search https://www.cappex.com/ They mostly look for personal growth, authenticity, and passion! Do not cram your life story in 500 words! instead pick a moment where you really felt like you learned a lesson or discovered something about. A great way is pick something you are passionate about ex. sports, clubs, extracurriculars! Just find something you love and tell your story! Caitlin P.