Tips For Scoring Scholarship Money For School

September 28, 2018

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The cost of a college education has skyrocketed over the last decade and while the new school year has just begun, fall is the best time to apply if you want to maximize your chances of getting money for school. Scholarship deadlines from local community organizations tend to be in the spring, but applications for some of the biggest national scholarships are due in the next few months and you have a fairly decent chance of securing some free money for school. So start your search at the school(s) your student wants to attend. Colleges are one of the largest providers of scholarships in an attempt to recruit students based on specific characteristics, such as your GPA However there are scholarships based on your intended major and even where you live. Be strategic about applying. Scholarships with few or very broad criteria will have a lot more competition. Spend your time searching for scholarships that really match your experience and interests. Use free online scholarship search services that can help you find those that fit, including Cappex, the College Board, Fastweb, and Scholarships.com. You fill out a profile to identify what’s unique about you, and the services match you with potential scholarships. Some professional organizations offer scholarships to entice people to enter the field, especially in hard-to-fill professions. Check out the Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop scholarship finder tool, which lists more than 7,500 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate school programs. These include $2,500 from the American Association of Equine Practitioners for people studying veterinary medicine and $3,000 to $5,000 from the American Concrete Institute to support students whose studies relate to concrete.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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