Search for scholarships and grants to help pay for you college education. (The terms “grants” and “scholarships” are often used interchangeably.) This type of aid doesn’t need to be repaid, making it the most attractive form of financial aid. Here are some tips that may help search for aid:
- Meet with your counselor for help on how and where to search for scholarships.
- The majority of scholarship money is awarded by colleges and universities, so search here.
- Deadlines vary from school to school, so it’s important to be aware of application due dates so you don’t miss any opportunities.
- Optimize your chance of qualifying for scholarships by applying as soon as possible.
- Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE in order to be considered by many private colleges and some state schools for scholarship programs, as well as for non-federal financial aid.
- Submit any required supplemental application forms.
- Confirm whether the scholarships and grants may be contingent on meeting certain requirements, such as maintaining a minimum GPA.
- Be mindful that scholarships may be awarded based on need and/or merit, so tailor your search accordingly.
- Search for scholarships that meet your profile, as any number of criteria including academic, athletic or artistic accomplishments can be used to award merit scholarships.
- Contact local and community organizations, employers, professional associations, and religious and cultural groups to which you are affiliated to ask about their scholarship opportunities.
- Don’t forget to reapply annually if the scholarship is not awarded in a lump sum up front..
- Explore scholarships which are career specific, for example, those available to students studying to become teachers and also student specific awards, available to students from a military family or even to those with a unique hobby.
- Use the many resources, including fastweb.com a helpful resource to match you with scholarships
- Visit your guidance office to pick up scholarship applications and look through the lists of special scholarships available to students in your school district and town.
This is the time to search for scholarships. Make a list of scholarships you plan to apply for with their respective due dates and check them off as you complete your applications.