When it comes to paying for college, put the hunt for scholarships at the top of your priority list. Even if you’re not a superstar student or athlete, there are still scholarships out there. They may not be huge, but every little bit counts, so don’t discount even seemingly small scholarships.
Visit with your school guidance counselor to get some directions what scholarships you should apply for. Ask your parents if their workplaces or civic organizations offer scholarships. Check online, of course. Scholarship search engines can help you quickly tailor your search.
If you know where you’re going to college, be sure to talk with the financial aid office and see if they can help you with your search as well. If you volunteer anywhere or are affiliated with any type of organizations, those are good places to check as well.
Once you line up some scholarships to apply for, take careful note of the due dates, and work on them accordingly.
Give yourself plenty of time to devote to the scholarship hunt and application process. It may seem like a lot of work when you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but in the end, it’s worth it to secure college money that doesn’t need to be repaid.
If you’ve earned scholarships for college, do have any advice to share with high schoolers?