Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Survive the Cost of College by Finding Scholarships
These days it is harder to find a job without a college degree but it is also harder to pay for the cost of college. While I was going over all of the information I needed to read for my son who will be entering college in two years, I discovered a great site that has a database of virtually all scholarships and grants that are available to aspiring students.
At this website, you are able to browse scholarships by certain categories, for example you can look for scholarships in business, culinary arts, liberal arts, cosmetology, science, and more. I have not found a better resource for college scholarships anywhere even the guidance department at my sons’ high school does not have all of this information.
As you look the list of available scholarships you can click on the words “read more” and they will take you to a page with more information on the amount of the scholarship and what is needed to apply. There will also be a link to where you can apply for the scholarships if you fit the criteria needed. Many people will be applying for the same scholarships being offered, and it is important to read over what the school or group donating the help, requires of the student.
Most colleges are looking for a student that has good grades and SAT scores. The time to start thinking about these things is not in the last year of high school, it should be around the second year. Colleges do look back at someone’s transcript that includes grades from every year of high school, and any activities that a person was involved in. Good grades, involvement in school activities and the community all contribute to who will get a scholarship, so it is important to begin thinking about these things early in high school.
This website also has a page with 100 tips for getting a scholarship, it is a good idea to go over these early so you will have time to do what is needed so your child, or yourself will have a better chance of obtaining help with paying for college. Surviving all it takes to make it into college is easier when you have websites like these that walk you the process of applying for help.
As I mentioned before most employers are now looking for a college degree or the equivalent work experience. When you are entering the workforce for the first time, you will not have experience in any field, so you need a college degree to find a good job. The problem is that not everyone can afford to pay for college, but that is no excuse to give up trying, there are ways to get into the college of your choice. The best way to do this is to search for grants, or scholarships, and the best place to find active ones is on this website.
When you don’t know where to start, and you know that you need financial help for a higher education the best thing you can do is visit this website. There is no charge for searching any of the information they provide and the resources that are available all in one place can’t be beat. I found many different scholarships that my son can apply for, the information I need to help him fill out the paperwork, and the links directly to the applications. I think that this site for scholarships is the best out there, and worth taking a look at by anyone who is thinking about going to college, or parents who are helping their children find information about grants or scholarships.
I hope this information helps you during the start of your journey for a college scholarship.