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How would a High school student who does online school go about getting money help or scholarships when it comes to college?


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Jodie’s Answer

Hi Raven,
Great job on searching out scholarships! My advice is to leave NO STONE UNTURNED!
Have your parents check with their employers and any organizations that they are a part of.
Call your aunt, your grandma, your church, your girl scout leader, your French teacher, your second cousin's best friend's violin teacher (are you getting what I'm saying here?)…
So many organizations have scholarships. Be very professional about it. Make a list and strategically go through it. Put on some nice clothes and go talk to people. Use the phone and call people. Be polite, please and thank you. Send thank you cards for any scholarship that you receive, and anyone who goes above and beyond to help you.

Also I know there are scholarship search engines that might be helpful. Try google (why not?). Definitely check with the college you are planning to attend, and submit for ANY available. Do not be picky about the value. Every $100, $200, $500, $1000 will add up. Apply for them all! Make it a job. Maybe even give yourself a goal- submit for 5 a day.

If you walk out of college with a degree and NO LOANS, you have succeeded!!

Start applying TODAY!!

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Jake’s Answer

Not having a physical campus to check out may reduce your opportunities for scholarships very slightly, but there are still plenty of places you can check for some extra funding! In particular, you'll want to...

1. Ask your Financial Aid office about a general application, which usually makes you eligible for lots of in-house scholarships that only students at your school are eligible for.

2. Ask your family if anyone is a member of a union or industry group which offers scholarships for relatives of members.

3. Consider a part-time job with a company that provides tuition assistance. Home Depot, Cumberland Farms, Starbucks, UPS, and others will give you a check for a small sum every semester under certain conditions.

4. Consider scholarship search engines like fastweb, unigo, college monk, scholarship owl, and others. You can put in some time casting a very wide net if you feel like it, increasing your odds of getting some money here and there!

Good luck, remember to apply often to up your odds!

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Steven’s Answer

Hey! Along with federal student aid, as mentioned already, there are a couple other ways that people are able to afford a higher education. If you are interested in online classes, those usually come at cheaper rates than university classes, because of a number of factors. A lot of people work through their classes, since online provides you with more time each day to do with what you please. According to the Federal Reserve, about 70% of students that go to college take out student loans to help them pay for it. Additionally, always be on the lookout for local and online scholarships on scholarship board websites, as sometimes some of these scholarships get overlooked and aren't applied to very heavily. Finally, if you still need a little more money to pay for your education, as most of us feel like we do, there are many side gigs you can be a part of. Start a local service, babysitting, food delivery, anything that you now people around already want and need, and you can make extra money on the side doing that. That is all I have for you today, I hope that you are able to keep educating yourself without worrying too much how you are ultimately going to pay for it.

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Judith’s Answer

There were a couple approaches I took several years ago when I was trying to find funding for my college education. The first was to speak with the high-school guidance and college admissions counselors (of the schools I wanted to attend) to see if they are aware of any scholarships or funding resources available. The second was to go to the FAFSA website to see what federal grants/programs were available that I could apply for, https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out. Good luck, hope this helps you get started!

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Jodie’s Answer

Hi Raven,
Great job on searching out scholarships! My advice is to leave NO STONE UNTURNED!
Have your parents check with their employers and any organizations that they are a part of.
Call your aunt, your grandma, your church, your girl scout leader, your French teacher, your second cousin's best friend's violin teacher (are you getting what I'm saying here?)…
So many organizations have scholarships. Be very professional about it. Make a list and strategically go through it. Put on some nice clothes and go talk to people. Use the phone and call people. Be polite, please and thank you. Send thank you cards for any scholarship that you receive, and anyone who goes above and beyond to help you.

Also I know there are scholarship search engines that might be helpful. Try google (why not?). Definitely check with the college you are planning to attend, and submit for ANY available. Do not be picky about the value. Every $100, $200, $500, $1000 will add up. Apply for them all! Make it a job. Maybe even give yourself a goal- submit for 5 a day.

If you walk out of college with a degree and NO LOANS, you have succeeded!!

Start applying TODAY!!

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