Great question; it is good that you are looking into ways to obtain financial aid. No one wants to end up with loads of debt after finishing college. The most common way to obtain financial information is to apply through FAFSA, which can be accessed through fafsa.ed.gov. After entering financial information, you will get to see a package of of financial aid offered in a few months, which could be through loans or grant, which are provided by the school and/or government. The package may vary by the schools.
If you are currently a high school student or a student at a community college, the career center, or counselor should have information on scholarships that the school is offering for a 4 year university. I definitely recommend applying for scholarships/grants that are applicable to you, you would be surprised on how few people actually apply .
Another option is to just search of scholarships and grants online. Usually the prompts will require an essay, which is worth your time to potentially get a big chunk of money. From what I remember, sometimes the prompts of various scholarships are very similar. In addition, if you have a particular 4 year university in mind, research into the financial aid offered, and apply for any scholarship/grants.
I know this sounds like a lot of work, but it is worth it. Just think about potentially how much financial aid you can obtain from writing a few essays and doing research, which will reduce stress and the cost of a 4 year school.
Hope this helps,
There are several websites that post scholarships. For example, fastweb.com post scholarships. Some states have the pell grant. Many nonprofit organizations and corporations post scholarships. Don't forget to try to do work-study or visit your school's financial aid office before school starts to see if there are scholarships you could apply for within the institution.
Hi Sidney! This is a great question, with the rising prices of colleges these days. There are many ways to obtain scholarships but it is all about doing your research. First, start by looking at the websites of the colleges you are applying for. Apply to as many as you can! Second, check the web. Do you have any interests, hobbies, talents or skills? Check to see if there are scholarships out there that you can submit applications for. Lastly, ask your high school guidance counselors for their advice and help. Your high school may provide scholarship associations with specific colleges.