Scholarships and Grants Can Make College Possible

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If you are heading off to college soon, you are probably worried about how you will pay for all of the expenses. Here are some tips to help you find scholarships and grants to offset those costs.
 
Never before has getting a college education been more important. While it is possible to get a job without a college degree, it is difficult to make enough money to live comfortably. Of course, college is not cheap. It is worth it, though. With the plethora of scholarships, grants for women and financial aid available, there are also ways to reduce the price you have to pay.
 
Most college students who don't take out loans are only able to pay for their education thanks to scholarships and grants. These are great alternatives to loans, because you will not finish school owing money. Instead, groups, companies, organizations and even the government have paid for your education, and you are under no obligation to pay them back. 
 
In some cases, they even pay for more than just tuition. Some scholarships cover books, meal plans and even room and board. This means you won't have to work while you attend classes, either.  
 
Grants and scholarships are available from many different places, and are awarded based on many different factors. Some are offered by colleges based on your SAT or ACT score, or your academic success in high school. Others are awarded because of your talents in music or sports. Many small scholarships are based on winning an essay contest or other competition. 
 
This type of scholarship is very competitive, because anyone can apply. It does not hurt to try, though. There is usually no application fee, and there's no limit on how many you can receive.    
 
Other scholarships are based on financial need. Colleges offer these to students who can prove that they are from an extremely low income family. Nonprofit organizations often award scholarships to minorities, inner city students or those with disabilities. If you fit any of these criteria, it is worth looking into to see which scholarships you can apply for. 
 
Many companies offer scholarships as well. Some of these are only for employees or the children of employees. Others are open to the general public. They may be need-based or merit-based. Sometimes these are only open to students from a specific region or those majoring in a specific subject.
 
There are thousands of scholarships and grants available for students who want to attend college. By spending a little bit of time researching which ones you are eligible to apply for, you can get free money to put toward your college education. This makes college much more affordable.
 
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This article was published on 2014/01/07