The brackets will soon be set in stone for college basketball's 64, but how about the money you need to foot that tuition bill?
Now that the college acceptance letters are beginning to roll in, The College Whisperer
™ is amazed by just how many college-bound students abandon the search for money to pay for college.
Sure, you've filed your FAFSA
(hopefully), and registered at Fastweb
and other scholarship search engines
, but has your quest for college cash ended there?
and revisit those college scholarship search engines. Tweak your
profile. Keep an eye out for emails containing links to scholarship
opportunities. And, for goodness sake, don't just look at the search
sites, actually apply for the scholarships for which you qualify!
many students quit the search for college money once they've been
accepted. Shame, because while others choose to sit back and coast into
college with little in the bank to show for it, the astute (that would
be you, wouldn't it?) are continuing to look for grants, scholarships,
and free (or at least, inexpensive) money to help pay the ever-rising costs associated with going to college
Okay. We know the routine. The searches get tedious.
Keep searching. The good scholarships are few and far between.
Keep applying. I haven't gotten any money yet.
Utilize all available resources -Your Guidance Counselor.
Okay, the application process may be over (though many colleges offer
rolling admission, so if you haven't applied yet, there may still be
time), but new scholarships flow into the Guidance Office daily. Ask
your counselor about available scholarship opportunities. Seize the
moment. Apply!Your Community.
groups, local businesses, and civic-minded organizations. From Kiwanis
to Lions, civic associations to PTA, there are scholarship opportunities
right in your own backyard. Seek them out. Apply!Your Computer.
It doesn't get any easier. You don't even have to change out of your
pajamas to search for scholarships (just make sure the webcam is off
;-). Use Google, or your fav search engine, to seek out college
scholarships. Register. Complete the profiles, and do so accurately and
completely. Apply!Your College Websites.
decided upon a college? Narrowed down your choices to a select few?
Great! Now check the college websites. Scholarship opportunities, as
well as Work Study, and other sources of funding, can often be found
under "Financial Aid," or simply, "Paying For College." To qualify for
institutional aid, sometimes all you have to do is submit your FAFSA.
Other aid options, including certain scholarships and grants, require
separate application, typically available on the college website. Apply!
As with any search for money (and the fundraising professionals know this quite well), if you don't ask, you won't get!
Ask you Guidance Counselor. Ask a college financial aid officer. Ask your independent college counselor. If all else fails, Ask Jeeves
satisfied with the financial aid award offered by the college you plan
to attend? Ask for a review. [Most colleges have an appeal process.]
Negotiate. You can often -- but not always -- get a better package.
Again, it never hurts to ask.
The college experience presents a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don't let the price tag get in the way
of going to the college of your choice!
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