The College Scholarship Search

The scholarship search should begin in your junior year of high school or at the least a year before attending college or for the next academic year. However, there are college scholarships for those already attending college. Scholarships can range from $100 to a full ride scholarship. You need to apply for every scholarship that you qualify for consideration using a variety of different approaches. I will list several different free approaches to locate college tuition money.

First, complete the FAFSA form even if you do not think your parents' income qualify for financial aid. Very few do not qualify for it. It is based on family size and how many will be attending college. Then, it takes into consideration a percentage of your income and savings (higher percentage rate) along with your parents' income and savings. This needs to be completed in your senior year of high school in January or early February to get the most help. It needs to be completed every year until you graduate from college.

Second, your high school guidance office has a list of local scholarships and state grants. Local scholarships tend to be much easier to get than the national ones.

Third, the local public library has a book listing different scholarships with some not even listed on the web.

Finally, join several free membership scholarship search websites. You enter a profile into a form, and it will search for scholarships matching your profile. There is a scholarship for almost anything out there including wearing duct tape to the prom.

Good luck!

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