Although GPA is usually an important factor in many scholarships, it is not the only factor. In fact there are many scholarships for practically anything you can think of, including type of field you want to major in, first generation college student, athlete, community service, etc. The main thing is that you want to apply for as many as you can, you would be surprised to see how many scholarships go unclaimed because there aren’t enough applications.
You want to first start with the counselor at your high schools. Local firms usually have scholarships that targeted for the local high schools.
I know the next step will sound obvious, but just google “scholarships”, all that you will have to do is write essays answering prompts for most of these. It will be worth your time.
Fill out the FAFSA form for financial aid, it does not take long and who knows what type of free aid you can end up with.
If you have already graduated from high school/ in college, speak with the financial aid office to see if there are any grants or scholarships you can qualify for. In addition, you can usually obtain “work study” which allows you to obtain a job on campus to make tax free earnings up to a certain amount. College campuses have many jobs that are tailored for students, so it is a good place to look for.
Amit recommends the following next steps:
- Speak with high school counselor about local scholarships.
- Research scholarships/fill out FAFSA.
- Speak with financial aid office in college.
- Work study (working while in college).