Applying for scholarships
Some facts to keep in mind when applying for scholarships:
- Complete a FAFSA. Although scholarships are awarded based on merit, some schools won't consider students for academic scholarships unless they have applied for financial aid.
- Meet the deadlines. Most scholarship decisions are made early. Typically, applications are due in January for the following fall semester, although some can be submitted as late as May. Take the time to fill out any forms completely and accurately, and return the required paperwork before the deadline. The earlier the better. Schools tend to award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Apply, apply, apply! You can get more than one scholarship, so don't limit yourself. Apply for every scholarship that you may be eligible to receive!
- Small scholarships add up. Don't ignore small dollar amount grants and scholarships. A $500 grant may not seem like much, but think about how many hours you would have to work to earn $500!
- Talk to your financial aid office. If you are successful in winning one or more scholarships, check with your financial aid office to see how it will affect your total financial aid package.