This is a question that comes up frequently among students. Students who need to supplement their financial aid are able to do so with scholarships, or loans. The idea of loans can be daunting for many students and just the sheer word can make any student nervous. However, it is an option to finance your education. The terms of the loan, how much you should request, and the process of securing a loan is a conversation that you need to have with the financial aid office of your school. In my particular case, financial aid did not cover my full tuition when I was in college, so I did have to take out a loan. I made sure I understood what this entailed and I asked many questions. I also decided to take out only what I needed.
The other option you have available to you are scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to pay for college and I encourage you to visit Fastweb (https://www.fastweb.com). It is a site devoted to scholarships. Look through it and apply to all those that you meet their requirements. Scholarship applications do take time, so make sure that you allocate time to prepare for them. Read the instructions carefully making sure you understand what is being asked of you. When you have written you scholarship essay proof read it for grammatical and spelling errors. Have it reviewed by some else (a teacher, a friend, or a family memember) who is a strong writer. When I was in high school and I was preparing my applications I asked my English teachers if they would review my essays. I did ask before hand to see if they were willing, and I made sure to have it ready with enough time prior to the deadline.
Arianna recommends the following next steps:
- Talk to the Financial Aid office of your school to learn more about loans
- Visit Fastweb to look at Scholarships
- When preparing a scholarship essay make sure you proof read for grammatical and spelling errors.