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How to get a scholarship to college

August 9, 2019, Posted In Admissions Overview

The summer is an excellent time to begin your scholarship search. You can find money for college from a variety of sources. While many colleges award merit scholarships, you’ll want to be sure to investigate what sort of merit scholarships are available from each institution. Also, check out the net price calculator at each school in order to get a better grasp on the expected total cost.  

Independent scholarships are also a great way to put a dent in the total dollar amount. For example, parents may work for a company that has a special scholarship program for the children of employees. Ask your human resource office to see if such a program exists at your workplace. Most students hope to get a scholarship, but are not willing to invest the time and energy in order to obtain one. We recommend adopting a robust search in order to be competitive for a variety of scholarships. 

Use the resources that you have in order to identify and apply for scholarships.  Sources to consider for scholarships are fraternal organizations, foundations, corporations, or community organizations. While these organizations are unlikely to provide full scholarships, if you are able to obtain a few scholarships they can make a real impact in the cost of attendance. 

The sites listed below will provide you with information about scholarships and financial aid. 

FAFSA www.fafsa.gov (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)  

US Department of Education www.studentaid.ed.gov  

FinAid www.finaid.org  

Fastweb www.fastweb.com  

College Board’s Fund Finder www.collegeboard.org  

SallieMae www.collegeanswer.com

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