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How to Start Looking for a Scholarship

Friday, 19 Nov 2010 12:44 PM

If you do not have enough money to finance your education, you should start looking for financial aid, grants, and scholarships given through both the government and the private sector.
Here are some tips on how to start looking for scholarships:
  • One of the best places for grants, scholarships, and financial aid can be your school or college. There are a number of college scholarships available through the institutions engaged in providing education. You should contact the  financial aid department and find out the eligibility criteria for various scholarships.
  • Local agencies—both government and private—are also good sources for financing your education through grants, scholarships, or financial aid.
  • You can also finance your education through a grant from the federal government. If you are given a grant by the federal government, you don't have to return the money. It is your responsibility to find out what kind of grant you are eligible for.
  • The best way to apply for the federal government grant is through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is a free application available online through the Department of Education.
  • Contacting a local club, local government agency, your or your parent's employer, and private trusts and institutions involved in education advocacy is also a good way to find scholarships.
  • You should find out whether work-study programs are available or not at the college or the institution of your choice. With these programs, the college will finance your education if you become an employee there through the tenure of your study.
  • Last but not least, there are a number of online resources that you should tap if you are looking for scholarship money. The website for the U.S. Department of Education displays a fact sheet called “Steps to Federal Student Aid,” and a tutorial on “Completing the FAFSA.”

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