Where to Find Money for College
Especially in turbulent economic times, it may be more important than ever that you examine all possible resources to fund a college education. Some students may think that scholarships to college are simply handed over to the athletes or the academically advanced, but finding college money can and is a more proactive activity.
One of the biggest providers of college money is the U.S. Federal Government. These scholarship awards are financial need based, but may only require completing one application to potentially have access to billions of dollars. You can learn more about federal loans and the application process by reading Don’t Overlook the Fastest Route to College Financial Aid.
There are a number of local organizations offering scholarship money for a variety of reasons. Some scholarships require as little as writing an essay, so it’s worth the effort to check out some of the local and community groups that may have money earmarked for college scholarships. Some of the common organizations include Rotary, the American Legion and Boosters clubs.
More commonly known scholarships are for academic and athletic achievement, but there are also scholarships based on ethnicity, talent, religion, career paths and clubs. Check with your high school guidance counselor to see what types of scholarships you may be eligible to apply for or be considered to receive.
Wanting to go to college may not be enough to get you there. Receiving an acceptance letter may not be enough either. If you can’t pay for college, then you may not be able to attend. You can take a proactive approach to finding scholarships and money available to fund your college education. With a little time, research and effort on your part, you may receive a full-ride or at least enough money to make up the difference you need.