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  • Advanced Scholarship Search Tools

    Now that you've learned the basics of applying for scholarships, let's look a bit closer at some more advanced scholarship search tools that might be useful to you.

     

    Determine Your Scholarship Profile

     

    Many scholarships are available to people based on financial need and merit, but there are also many organizations that grant scholarships to those who meet a certain profile. Some of these categories of scholarships are available to:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    There are many sources of federal financial aid available to students seeking a college education and beyond. Start looking into the various options for federal financial aid early in your high school years to ensure the most options are available to you. It's helpful to understand the eligibility and application requirements for federal financial aid early on to make sure you don't miss any deadlines and that you direct your efforts toward the types of aid you're most likely to receive.

     

  • Discount College Supplies

    Once you figure out how you will pay for college you also need to consider the expenses associated with attending a college or university. These range from supplies required for classes like books and computers to optional items you'll want to stay organized and decorate your dorm room. Keeping your supplies in check in terms of what is really needed and what is not will help keep your expenses to a minimum.

     

  • Online Education FAQs

     

    How can I tell if an online college or university is legitimate?

    First and foremost, make sure to check the accreditation of any schools you are considering. Accreditation ensures that the school meets U.S. Department of Education criteria and increases the degree’s legitimacy in the eyes of employers. It also is a good sign that you will be getting a quality education. Also check to make sure you can get an actual person on the phone in the school’s admissions office. If you always get a recorded message and generic e-mail replies, consider these red flags that the school may not be legitimate (at worst) or may offer sub-par interaction and student service (at best). It’s also a good idea to check reviews from other students.

  • Federal Work Study

    Along with grants and loans, the Federal Work-Study program can be an important part of the financial aid picture as you look at ways to pay for college. Under the FWS program, undergraduates are paid an hourly rate that is equal to at least the federal minimum wage. The number of hours you work and time of day will depend on your total FWS award amount, class schedule, and other factors.

  • Scholarship Basics

    In addition to grants and loans, scholarships can be a vital part of your financial aid package to help you pay for college. Like grants, scholarships offer the attractive advantage of not requiring repayment. When starting your scholarship search, start with your college’s financial aid office to see what scholarship awards are available. Often, scholarships will be based on merit (requiring a certain GPA or excellence in a sport or other extracurricular activity); need, helping to offset the costs of tuition and education expenses for students whose family financial contribution is low; or ethnicity, offering awards to students based (at least in part) on ethnicity, national origin, or religion. Often, scholarships are based on a combination of these factors.

  • Federal Loan Basics

    Along with grants, scholarships, and other community-based fundraising efforts, federal student loans are a very important part of the overall financial aid picture and can play a vital role in helping students pay for college and graduate school. Unlike grants and scholarships, federal student loans must be repaid--either directly to the college or to the U.S. department of education--usually with interest and sometimes with additional fees. Nevertheless, the federal student loan program make it possible for far more students to attend college and graduate school than otherwise would have the financial means.

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