Attention Seniors! March of your Senior year is absolutely the worst time of year to start your scholarship search. My heart goes out to students who have great potential for getting scholarships but miss out on opportunities because they waited too late to begin their search. It’s amazing the number of calls I get from parents when they get their financial aid award letter and see how much loan they are being assessed, the cry goes out to the student to start looking for scholarships. As was previously discussed in my blog, the best time to begin your search is in your freshman year. If you don’t start then, certainly you should begin your search no later than your junior year. Continue reading
There are scholarships for continuing college students. I find that too many current college students run to the financial aid office to take out more loans, adding to their debt burden rather than taking the time to research scholarships. Additional scholarships are found at the institution the student attends and from outside organizations.
Freshman come into college thinking the scholarship search ended once they graduated from high school. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my 15 years of researching scholarships I have noticed a trend where more and more scholarships are offered for college sophomores, juniors and graduate students. These scholarships should be researched in your junior and senior year of high school. All colleges have a scholarship page which lists institutional scholarships and the requirements for receiving them. Generally, a 3.0 GPA is required.
Where should you look for these scholarships?
- Check your school’s departmental major website page
- Financial Aid Office
- Scholarship Search Engines (i.e. Fastweb)
- Follow Scholarshopmom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- If all else fails, Google.
September, the beginning of a new school year and the beginning of the scholarship season. If you missed applying for scholarships over the summer now is the time to get it in gear. The following list of September deadlines are provided by College Greenlight. Good luck!
If you haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity to apply for a scholarship over the summer you still have time. If you receive a scholarship from an outside organization, apply it to your loan balance. All students including continuing college students should strive to find at least $5,000. I also post scholarships on my Facebook “Scholarshopmom” fan page for students in middle school to graduate school . Check it out. The following list of scholarships are provided courtesy of CollegeGreenlight. Good luck. Continue reading
Yes, there are still scholarships out there for those of you looking still looking for money for college. It is also a good idea to check with the financial aid office of the college you plan on attending to find out the availability of institutional scholarships. Continue reading
It’s March Madness. Are you still in need of scholarships? Sixty percent of scholarship deadlines fall between February and April, so you are still in luck but the cycle is quickly winding down. Also, you should continue to look for deadlines that occur over the summer. Check out the following tips to save you time: Continue reading
.Having trouble jump-starting your scholarship search? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have the scholarship blues.
- Don’t know how to begin your search.
- Approaching the end of your first semester as a high school senior and you have not registered on a scholarship search engine. Continue reading