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how will this help me with getting a scholarship?

im in 11 grade and i want to go to college but i dont know how to go about getting grants

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Ariadne’s Answer

Hi Christian, thanks for your question! I wanted to make sure to talk about the difference between scholarships and grants, because the difference is important in how you approach them. Both scholarships and grants for college are free money to help you pay for your education. Unlike student loans, you don't have to pay back college grants or scholarships, except under certain circumstances, like withdrawing early from a program or a change in your enrollment status.footnote1

The biggest difference between college grants and scholarships is that grants for college are typically need-based. Scholarships may be need-based or merit-based, which means they're given out based on some kind of ability, hobby, ethnicity, religion, etc.
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Simona’s Answer

Hello Christian,
You are smart to be thinking of funding for college now, when there's time to research and see what's available, rather than waiting to seek these avenues out. College can be very expensive and finding ways to fund takes effort but offsets taking out loans.

Overall, you can look for scholarships, grants, and even part time work/work study to supplement paying for expenses.

First, I think some of the folks give you some good advice in their responses but would like to add some details and resources.
Scholarships and grants are a great way to get money for college. There are scholarships and grants specifically for women, for specific majors and even hobbies. I'm adding some links to try. Review all and apply for any that you think would help you.

Second, it would be good to check the school you want to attend for support. Go to the Financial Aid department and talk to someone who can give you information on what you would qualify for and help walk you through the process of filling out paperwork. I'm adding links to assist with that process.
https://blog.risla.com/7-steps-to-applying-for-college-financial-aid#:~:text=Follow%20this%20simple%20step-by-step%20process%20to%20make%20sure,make%20corrections%20to%20your%20FAFSA%20through%20the%20web.

https://www.ccsf.edu/paying-college/financial-aid-office

Finally, see if there are any jobs that will pay tuition. Companies like McDonald's, Walmart, and Starbucks have been known to pay for tuition for staff with the condition that they work a certain amount of time. I'm adding some links on places that offer this.

https://www.zippia.com/advice/jobs-with-tuition-reimbursement/
https://www.forbes.com/advisor/student-loans/jobs-that-pay-for-college/
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/pay-salary/jobs-that-pay-for-college
Simona recommends the following next steps:

Simona recommends the following next steps:

Research some of the scholarships in the links provided and apply for scholarships and grants through some of the links provided
Make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office of School you want to attend; see what Financial Aid can be offered
Apply for Financial Aid and grants through school (ex: TAP)
Apply for the scholarships that you qualify for
See what part time work you can do at the school to meet gaps (work study)
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Vamshee’s Answer

Contact your School Counselor, they are very good resource and guide you well.

Shortlist the colleges you are interested and schedule and attend the campus tour with your parents.
They provide the resources and links that would help you when to start and how to go about.

Some public and private colleges offer some scholarships or fee waiver based on your GPA/SAT/SOP and your application.

Please find the below link for more information.

https://scholarships360.org/scholarships/great-merit-scholarships/#:~:text=A%20merit%20scholarship%20is%20a,as%20well%20as%20private%20organizations.

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/academic-scholarships-and-merit-scholarships/

One can get on campus jobs based on credentials and availability once you get through admission process and after college starts.

Be in touch with the student counselor at schools and colleges to get all the information and scholarship opportunities.


Hope this helps!! Good Luck with your future endeavors!


Hope this helps
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