Financial Aid. You know you want some of that.
No matter what school you select, or what degree you are gunning for, chances are you will need to use some financial aid at some point. Very few of us will be able to pay for a college education directly out of pocket, so grants, loans, and scholarships are something every one should research.
These different forms of financial aid are available on a federal, state, and local level. Many private groups offer scholarships based on religion, ethnicity, field of study, etc. The Federal Government gives out Pell Grants, and is also the facilitator for low-interest student loans. (Check out the government website here.) And while many states offer discounts on tuition for in-state residents, this often doesn’t apply to on line programs, but it doesn’t hurt to check with the school to find out.
There are a lot of scholarships out there, more than you would ever imagine, but there is also stiff competition for each and every one of them. With the economy being tight, the opportunity to get free money for education is too good to pass up. There is a wide range in the monetary value of scholarships, they can range anywhere from a hundred dollars to thousands and thousands of dollars. And if and when you find a one thousand dollar scholarship, it certainly behooves you to pursue it.
And here are a few scholarships to get the ball rolling –
Get Educated is a web site that offers a distance learning scholarship twice a year. Cut off for the application dates are March 15 and October 15th. Bi-annually the site awards multiple students a one thousand dollar award towards their education. The scholarship award is based on both scholastic merit and financial need.
To apply, a student just needs to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and to write a five hundred word essay about “What an Online College Degree Means to Me.” You won’t write very many essays for a chance to win a thousand dollars, so don’t miss your chance! For more details on this scholarship, follow the link.
Western Governors University offers ten different scholarships, most of them more specific than the Get Educated scholarship. You can’t simply apply for every scholarship, usually they have very narrow guidelines to get the financial award. And WGU is a good case in point for that. With awards anywhere from one thousand to twenty five hundred dollars each, the scholarships cover a broad range of students.
For example, they offer a two thousand dollar scholarship for a military reservist or National Guardsman, and another for the spouse of a reservist or Guardsman. There is a scholarship for nursing students, one for members of Phi Theta Kappa, and a general interest award for a student looking to study Information Technology.
Now you have a taste for scholarship money – fire up those search engines, and happy hunting.