Finding scholarships to pay for college expenses can feel a bit overwhelming but in the long run they can really pay off! Here are some valuable tips to help you (or the college student in your family) find money.
Be on the lookout
College scholarships are everywhere. They are offered by companies, organizations, religious groups, not-for-profits, civic groups and other sources. Promoted nationally and locally, scholarship opportunities can be found at libraries, schools, and online databases. Scholarships are awarded to all types of students, not just straight-A students, top athletes, or lower-income students.
Apply! Apply! Apply!
It can take time to apply for scholarships. Read the application requirements and qualifications to see if the scholarship is a good match with your interests and education goals.
Separate yourself on your application
Application questions and essays allow you to tell your story. Writing about yourself can be challenging, so keep these in mind:
Create a scholarship file and master calendar to keep on task. Each scholarship has its own application, deadlines, and instructions.
Beware of Scholarship Scams
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Federal Trade Commission has prepared resources to protect consumers against scholarship scam services.
If you have questions, ask. Reach out to financial aid experts at the college, counselors at the high school and the scholarship sponsor. We all want to help you achieve your educational goals!
Looking for more resources?
Check out Harper’s Ultimate College Planning Guide. You’ll find in-depth information about finding a college, choosing a major, applying for college, paying for college and so much more.