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When planning your post-high school lifestyle, it is no longer sufficient to merely fill out college admissions applications. Given the current cost of campus living, Financial aid can affect where you go to college so it is crucial to start the process early. Remember, the sooner you apply, the more information you will have as a high school senior to start applying for other scholarships to supplement your financial aid package.

College is Always an Option

No situation is too dire to have to put your college dreams on hold. Your dream school may be more expensive than anticipated, but there are many cost effective options for attaining your degree, such as attending community college and transferring credits, living off campus, or staying close to home and attending your local in-state university. If you are set on your dream school, but still weary of the expenses, be sure to explore all of your financial aid options before making your final decision. File for your FAFSA to learn what federal scholarships and/or grants you qualify for to start the process of funding your college education. Also, start your free scholarship search to find scholarships that are geared specifically to you. You do not need to have a perfect GPA, be a star athlete, or do hundreds of hours of community service to be eligible for scholarships. There is a scholarship out there every student, so start your search early, make a list, and apply for as many scholarships as possible to supplement your financial aid package and reduce or eliminate student loans.

Do Your Research

Our website is a research tool providing information on the financial aid process and debunking misconceptions about landing scholarships, grants, and an impressive financial aid package. Remember, you do not need to be class valedictorian or fall into a specific income bracket to qualify for financial aid. There are scholarships out there for everybody. Be proactive: start searching early, apply frequently for many scholarships, and do not miss deadlines! Be sure to browse through our website to get all of the information you will need to get organized, find scholarships, and apply for financial aid. Chances are any questions you have will be answered with a little bit of research on our site!

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Last Reviewed: August 2020