Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online.
Most colleges and universities in the US provide a financial aid package. Your total aid will be a combination of scholarships and student loans. Take a look at the https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa for more details. You'll also find links to scholarship websites.
If you are hard working and self motivated, you can also take a look at getting college credit for courses by testing out of them through DSST or CLEP exams. By testing out of your general education courses, you can significantly reduce your university bill and speed your way to a degree more quickly. Should you choose that path, check with your university on which CLEP/DSST courses they accept for credit.
Linda Ann’s Answer
Most colleges and universities have scholarships available. You have to research each college's website to discover what is available. Some scholarships are general, while others are specific to a particular major.
ALSO, many colleges/universities offer financial aid with the acceptance letter that is sent out to you!
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