One way to help pay for college is to apply for as many scholarships as you can. Scholarships are great because they do not need to be repaid, and many different types exist. You can get a scholarship for excelling academically of course, but you can also get scholarships for being good at athletics or a different art form, being a dedicated volunteer in your community, being a military kid, or for something as random as being left-handed! The scholarships are out there, you just have to be willing to find them and apply!
- Talk to your school guidance counselor. That person should be able to help you find several scholarships you may qualify for since he or she knows many of your strengths.
- Search the Internet. Many schools and organizations put their scholarship opportunities online. Do some research. Search by your local area or state, your potential college choices, and your strengths. Also, check out the links on this page for great scholarship information.
- Ask your parents. You'll be eligible for some scholarships simply because you have a parent who is a service member. Your parents may know of scholarships you can take advantage of or you can contact your installation education center to get more information.
As you search and apply for scholarships, apply for financial aid as well. To be considered, you must complete the U.S. Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can get the form from your guidance counselor or download it online. It's a great way to supplement scholarships or tuition assistance.
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