How can I get scholarships to go to college
I am graduating this year and scared of not being able to pay for college. So I am seeking anyone’s on how I can get good scholarships to help me pay for college. There a bunch on the internet but a lot are just false ads.
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Christina recommends the following next steps:
I would recommend asking your high school counselor. They should be able to provide you with a list or a resource for scholarships. Hopefully they are still contactable during this quarantine time.
Sometimes where your parents may be employed, they may offer scholarships for their kids, so maybe check into that. Even credit unions if you bank with them offer scholarships for their members. You do have to do a little digging but they are out there. My daughter will be doing this soon so I am keeping my eye out as well. Best of luck to you!
Tammy recommends the following next steps:
Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. 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.
Thanks for your question.
We recently had our son accepted to several colleges and had similar concerns regarding possible assistance with scholarships. The amount of options that exist online can be overwhelming.
I agree with Tammy and Christina above that a good place to start is your School Counselor. They should be able to provide you with some local options. Here are some additional items that could be of assistance that helped us out.
- Once you decide on your top 2 or 3 options (apply and get accepted) you will fill out a FAFSA. The majority of colleges use this to determine the need for financial aid and here is where you can get significant assistance. Rarely is the cost you see posted online for a University what you will pay.
- Also speak to the admissions counselor at the University, often they have additional scholarship that you can apply for. This could be based on a specific degree, or your willingness to do charity work in the community the school is in. There are multiple options at most schools that range in value. Some are annual and some are for the entire 4 years period. Usually they require you to apply for them and in some cases you will need to write an essay to be considered.
- Your academic performance in school and SAT/ACT scores can also help. You should look at your States Government regulation as many states in the country have scholarships available that help with tuition and in some cases these are significant.
- Look into affiliation related scholarships as well. There are many of these available as well. As an examples, Hispanics students, African Americans, Catholics, Methodists and many more. Again these require applications and often essays be submitted however often easy money and as you may know every little bit helps.
Last bit of advice is, also inquire with the Student assistance office, often the school itself can assist in helping you get a PT job in the community or on the campus itself. You must be persistent and not be afraid to ask.
Best of luck to you and hope you found the material useful.
You should spend a substantial portion of your time looking for scholarships because they offer a huge potential return for your time investment. The scholarships you have the best chance of winning are those offered by your university, so look into those. Talk to counselors about how to find these if needed.
In regard to affording college: If you can work and still do well in your classes, you should work part-time. You should also seek out all the scholarships and grants your college offers. Although it is time consuming to seek out scholarships, it is well-worth it considering the return on investment.
First off, make sure to accurately and honestly fill out your FAFSA application. Secondly, reach out to the Financial Aid offices of the schools you're admitted to and check out their websites. Find out about scholarship sources they've vetted that you can apply to. Also, consider asking friends and family for funding if this is socially accessible for you.
Lastly, consider work-study programs, community college or attending part time as your budget allows.
Attached are some search sites that I have found to be reliable.
Applying for college scholarships can seem daunting, with so much information out there. Here are some tips and helpful websites.
Applying for scholarships is a skill: the more you do it, the better you get. Students have found success by applying for one or two scholarships a week throughout their college application process. A little effort at a time can cover a lot of ground.
Keep a copy of your transcript on hand and know your family’s financial situation (complete the FAFSA early so you know your Expected Family Contribution toward tuition). This information at your fingertips makes scholarship applications go faster.
Don’t forget local support: AAPS, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and Kiwanis offer scholarships. Also think about any connections you may have to places that offer scholarships, like your parents’ employer or your place of worship.
Don’t ever pay to subscribe to scholarship searches; they’re gimmicky and usually a rip off when used by individuals.
First, check the specific college website of the college you are interested in!
Search for “scholarships”. Sometimes the scholarships are broken down into merit-based and financial need-based. Check for deadlines to apply for these scholarships.
For students with great financial need, especially first gen and under-represented:
College Greenlight at https://www.collegegreenlight.com/
Questbridge at https://www.questbridge.org/
Partnered with the Common App, this site lets you put your personal information in once, then apply more easily for many scholarships.
EnAct Your Future, Inc
Under Resources tab, click Scholarship Scout. Lists monthly scholarships. Amount varies, but many are generous.
Part of the College Board, this site does a good job explaining the many different kinds of financial aid and matches you with scholarships based on your personal information.
Search lists of scholarships by choosing a category or get matched to college scholarships you are eligible for.
Unique approach that lets you fill in your high school accomplishments as early as 9th grade to learn what colleges might be a good match for you and what kind of scholarships they might offer based on your achievements.
This top-rated site has a large database with the most tools to match you with scholarships based on your profile. Can be used easily from a mobile device, so it’s a good resource to use frequently.
This site is a great tool for exploring colleges as well as searching for scholarships. Its large database matches you with schools and helps you communicate with them; it also has tools to help you choose your major/career.
Highly rated site for the best search tools and being easy to use. It saves your essay questions to simplify applying for several scholarships, and it has a huge database of college reviews.
This site consolidates the application process and saves time when matching you with appropriate national and local scholarships.
Scholarship Buddy Michigan
This site has a listing of scholarships based in Michigan; it’s a bit cumbersome to wade through them because sometimes you can’t tell by the title what they are. However, this site has a really helpful listing of all Michigan colleges and their tuition costs, with links to more information about each one.
Another site with a large database, with more focus on scrolling the options and finding your own match.
Other search sites worth noting:
Peterson’s, Unigo, Cappex, Chegg, CollegeNet.com, Scholarship Monkey