If your last year of high school wasn’t busy enough, now you are tasked with narrowing your school choices and finding way to fund your education through Applying for college scholarships and grant. It isn’t an easy feat, but with some organization and research, you’ll feel much better about tackling that seemingly-endless stack of applications. Look through our site for advice on making the most of your application experience so as to avoid stress about deadlines. Deadlines are the most important when it comes to college application, but also applying for scholarships and funding. Colleges and financial aid offices aren’t going to wait for you.
Choosing the college you’re going to attend is going to be one of the most important decisions you make to-date, so choosing the right college will require some research and work. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down through a college search based on criteria such as cost, location, and fields of study you’ll be faced with the daunting task of filling out those college applications. With pressure coming at you from all sides, the process could be stressful. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with tips and information on how you can make the process more manageable.
We cannot emphasize this enough: apply early and often to maximize the free money you’re able to receive through college scholarships and reduce post-graduation student loan debt. It’s impossible to get free money without application, and if you talk yourself out of applying for scholarships now, you’ll hurt yourself when you’re forced to take out more loans to pad that financial aid package. While college-based scholarships can be very generous, don’t forget about equally-generous, and less competitive private college scholarships from outside organizations. Conduct a free scholarship search to find awards you specifically qualify for. If you feel yourself getting stressed out or feeling dejected, browse through our site for tips and strategies on not only applying for scholarships successfully, but finding scholarships for any criteria you can imagine. Make yourself a more attractive scholarship applicant to land the most scholarship money possible.
Grants are another ideal source of funding, because like scholarships, you don’t need to pay them back. Firstly, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That application will estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will determine what the government expects you to contribute financially. The neediest students will be eligible for the most grant funding at the federal level; students also seeking careers in hgh-needs fields will find a plethora of grand funding options. Because grants are very specific, do not spend time applying for awards you will never qualify for, when you could be applying for ones that are catered to you. Browse through the information we’ve compiled on applying for grants to maximize your chances of receiving free money.
Last Edited: July 2015
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