Looking for money for college tuition?
Financial planning for college can be an overwhelming process. Key things to keep in mind are
- Look anywhere and everywhere. Many businesses, non-profits, and civic organizations have unclaimed scholarship funds each year. Start early to make connections with the group.
- Keep important documents handy. Tax forms and financial statements will be needed for some applications in order to determine financial need.
- Make copies of everything. For many applications, there is similarity in the basic information requested; having that close at hand prevents having to search for it each time.
Below are several web resources that could have the right scholarship or financial aid for you:
Scholarship information from Central High School. The counselor(s) have generated this chart describing the potential recipients and deadlines (PDF).
FastWeb is a prominent website for seeking financial aid and scholarships, including athletics and performances.
FinWeb Comprehensive financial aid information, including scholarships, loans, and budgeting.
Scholarships.com Topics offered are varied. Searches can be done by state or area of study.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This the government clearinghouse that determines financial need. Using household income and expenses information, financial aid eligibility can be calculated in order to better assist with budget needs. Available after January 1each using tax reporting information from the previous year.
School Soup Topics include scholarships, degrees, online programs, test prep, student loans, and even used textbook searches.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database of foundations that provide a variety of funding support for individuals. Sources include scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare. It is intended to be both a grantseeker's guide and a reference tool for those interested in foundation giving to the individual. (available only at the Library Center)
Don't forget, there are also many book resources that can help in the search. Try one of these from your local library:
- Debt Free- U: how I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents by Zac Bissonnette
- 501 ways for adult students to pay for college by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
- The scholarship book : the complete guide to private-sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans for the undergraduate edited by Daniel J. Cassidy
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