Financial Aid Month 2015

Forget About Resolutions. You need to make January about one thing: FINANCIAL AID.

Scholarships rock. They are basically free money for doing what you do best: being you. In addition to academic, athletic, and artistic merit awards, there are scholarships for pretty much anything you can think of: Being left-handed, playing video games, loving puppies. You too can get your piece of the pie…

Top 5 Tips

  • Search and apply for scholarships aggressively. Treat your scholarship search like a full-time job and a number game. The more awards you apply to, the better your chances of winning.
  • Kick-start you scholarship search with an epic brainstorming session. Make a list of, well, your life: your heritage, hobbies, extracurricular activities, favorite books and movies, etc. Then grab your academic transcript and resume, and you have everything you need to start looking for awards that fit you.
  • Follow the directions. Make sure your scholarship applications are completed exactly as described, not to mention fully and accurately. On  a related note, make sure you are actually eligible for the awards you are applying to. (Obvious but often overlooked advice!)
  • Stay organized. this means keeping track of your scholarship and all they entail: eligibility requirements, deadlines, essays, recommendation letters, transcripts, and even follow-up after applications have been submitted. Spreadsheets, calender, and reminder apps are your very close friend.
  • Exhaust all of your scholarship options. After you have searched online, make sure you look for any scholarships available through your high school, college, hometown, place of worship, employer, parents’ job, etc. You never know who might offer an award relevant to you.

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