Focus on “free” money

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?

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
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One Response to Focus on “free” money

  1. Christopher Davis says:

    I have devoted hours upon hours of research to finding grants and or scholarship programs for children of single fathers. What has been determined is that the opportunities for single woman with children are plentiful; however there are none for my situation. If you are aware of anything for children of single fathers I would greatly appreciate it, all I want is my daughter to have the same chance.
    Thank you,

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