Well, it’s that time of year.
Scholarship season runs from November to March (sometimes April, depending on the scholarship). It is important not only to you, your education, and the well-being of your bank account that you fill out ones you are qualified for. Hey, it’s free money. All you have to do is answer a few short questions.
But that’s not all.
You also have grants to look at, loans, and the lovely FASFA. It’s a lot of paperwork, but it’s worth it.
The FASFA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is something everyone is qualified for. Yes, everyone will get a different amount, but something is better than nothing.
20% of students miss out on millions of dollars because they don’t fill this out. MILLIONS!!! What if that was you? Seriously, MILLIONS!! (National Center for Education Statistics; Federal Student Aid)
So, to help you out more, here’s some resources:
- WATR: they will help you fill out your scholarship form so you have the best chance to get a scholarship
- ACAC center can help hook you up with scholarships you may not know of
- Financial Aid office: will do the same as ACAC, but with more resources
- Any upper-classmen!! We’ve been through the process of filling out the FASFA and scholarship forms. Hell, we can probably tell you of ones you’ve never heard of.
- Check out any organization’s scholarship page. Many of the organizations on campus had some form of scholarship they give out. (One of mine gave me $6000!)
- Fastweb.com and other scholarship sites can help hook you up with scholarships that are so specific for you that you’d think “Is there even going to be anyone else applying for this?” Here is a list of awesome scholarship sites: http://college.usatoday.com/2012/01/30/the-10-best-sites-to-look-for-scholarships/
- Look for part-time jobs (if you have time). Having a part-time job can help build up that empty bank account.
Need more to convince you to fill out the FASFA and get cracking on scholarships? Watch this video:
The more you know, the better you will be off. Remember, knowledge is power. And if you have the knowledge about financial aid, you power yourself to get the best education for the right price.