Showing posts with label Scholarship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scholarship. Show all posts

Monday, September 16, 2013

Start Early When Preparing for College Expenses

If you're the grandparent of a recent high school graduate, you're probably filled with many different emotions. Chances are that you feel excited for your grandchild's accomplishment but are also nervous about the future. The cost of college increases each year, and room, board, and rent aren't cheap, either. Add in the cost of textbooks, new clothes, and apartment belongings and the opportunity to go to college may seem slimmer than ever. There are, however, a few ways you can help your grandchild succeed should he decide that college is right for him.

First off, look at scholarships. Help your grandchild fill out his FAFSA to find out what sort of federal scholarships and grants he may qualify for, but also look at local scholarships. For example, many colleges offer private scholarships to students who choose a certain major or students with a certain background. A scholarship will help reduce the cost of attending college and can free up extra money that you would normally have spent on tuition.

It's also important to talk with your grandchild about financial responsibility. If he's ready, consider taking a trip to Lexington Law to meet with a financial adviser. A professional financial adviser will consult with you and your grandchild to talk about how to prepare for the future financially, how to make good financial decisions, how to avoid falling into debt, and how to resolve current debts if this is an issue. Additionally, your lawyer will be able to discuss different investing options for your grandchild to consider even while he is in college.

Finally, make sure you help your grandchild find an inexpensive, yet cheap place to stay. Remind him that it's more important to live within his means than to impress people by showing off how much money he has. It's easy for students to get caught up trying to show off to their friends and do things like buy a brand new car or charge an expensive sofa, but the truth is that these things are unimportant. A secondhand car or a secondhand couch work just as well as brand new items, yet don't mean going into debt to acquire. Remind your grandchild that what matters is his personal education and not making friends who need to be impressed.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scholarship Searching Made Easy With

English: Graduation hugs
English: Graduation hugs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships and fellowships do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships and fellowships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year. 

Generally, scholarships and fellowships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.

The best way to search for scholarships and fellowships is to use a personalized search, like, a scholarship search website, that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches.

There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. You can even submit an electronic application to some of the scholarships listed in the scholarship database, saving you time and money. also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.

In addition to the scholarship search, you may want to search one of the other free scholarship search sites. It doesn't take much time to search and it's free. To find small local awards that aren't listed in any book or database, look for notices posted on bulletin boards at your school's guidance office, the public library and outside the financial aid office at nearby colleges and universities.
You can also search for scholarships using your favorite web search engine by including the word "scholarships" with your search keywords.

College alumni and other private scholarship sponsors occasionally establish scholarships with esoteric eligibility requirements, such as a scholarship for left-handed students. Although there aren't many of these unusual scholarships, they often attract a lot of attention because of their slightly offbeat nature.

The most prestigious scholarships and fellowships also attract a lot of attention because they are among the most lucrative and competitive awards. Many colleges also offer full tuition academic scholarships.

Average students often ask whether there are any scholarships available to students who don't have a 4.0 GPA. There are many scholarships for average students that focus on qualities besides academic merit, as well as a variety of less competitive scholarships. There are also many community service scholarships and scholarships for Hispanic and 
Latino students.

Don't waste your money on fee-based scholarship matching services. You won't get any better information than you can get from the free services available on the Web.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grants for Adults Returning to College

NRC Chairman Klein Presents Grant Money to Uni...NRC Chairman Klein Presents Grant Money to University of Illinois (Photo credit: NRCgov)

For 2016 an up-to-date list of current active scholarships and grant programs at the end of this post.

Many adults have never finished their college degrees or even started them. Through the many twists and turns of life we just don't do it. Either family needs take precedent or we just don't have the money. Today many adults are returning to college to start or finish a degree. 

They now have the time or have changed jobs forcing the question of returning to school to the forefront. They never have realized that there are many grants available, specifically for adults returning to school.

A grant is money given to a student that does not need to be paid back when they complete their degree. Some grants are one time events, while others are renewed yearly, as you progress through school. Usually grants are given based on your financial needs or provided when you chose a specific path of study.

Even though you are working full time, this doesn't keep you from obtaining money for college tuition. For adult students you don't have to sign up as a full-time student to receive grant money. Adult grants understand that you still have work and family obligations to juggle while going to school.

Federal Education Grants.

The largest government grant option is called Pell Grants. This money is given to you and does not have to be paid back. For the 2010-2011 school year, the value of the federal Pell grant was $5,550. In order to qualify annually for a Pell grant, you must be working toward a degree.

To apply for Pell Grants you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The FAFSA forms must be completed annually to continue to receive government grants. Income information is necessary for completing FAFSA forms, so it is helpful to submit your tax forms early and have your most recent tax return documentation available when you complete the forms.

You must apply before June 30th, but if you submit in early February you will get a quicker response and more grant money than those that wait till June. There is a limited amount of money and the sooner you apply the better. FAFSA forms and information can be found here: Fafsa.Gov.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

This other federal grant is offered by the government for people with a greater financial need. Also there are grants offered based on gender, race, nationality, and other specific groups. To find other government grants, visit Students.Gov

State School Grants.

Even some states offer grants to students who attend their state college or choose a specific career path. Some states are in need of teachers so they offer specific grants for that vocation. Check your states government website, education and grants section, for more information.

College Grant Providers.

Colleges themselves often have grant monies available for students. Some colleges have separate programs for adult students, and corresponding grant programs to assist the students with tuition costs. Whether the college has a separate program for adults or not, the financial aid officers at the college should be able to direct adult students to specific grant and scholarship programs that can assist them.

Employer Grants.

Many larger companies offer grants or tuition reimbursement programs for employees that want to continue their education. Check your companies human resources department for more information.

Community Grants.

Many cities have organizations that offer grants and scholarships to adults students going back to school. Many scholarships are available by a variety of clubs, organizations, civic groups, and religious organizations. The only problem is there is no one source to track down these services. You will have to use the phone and Internet and search for these organizations one by one.

Though many grants and scholarships are generous in the amount of money they offer, remember they will not cover the totality of your education costs. You still need to have some money saved for uncovered expenses. You could fill in your need for money by taking loans, but it may be better to pay for education when you have the cash available.

Update for 2016. Here is an up-to-date list of current active scholarships. 

List courtesy of

Monday, May 16, 2011

Need Help Paying For College, Try They Will Help You Find A Scholarship

College tuition has just gotten more expensive for me. My daughter is currently starting her third year of college. She is studying Psychology and really likes it. I have been paying for it through FASFA, my money and the help from a grandparent. My problem is the grandparent has dropped out because of financial difficulties. To fill in the gap I started to look into scholarships. I never went down the road to scholarships before, but that's all changed now.

I came across a website called has listings for 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion. Before you can see the list of scholarships, you need to register. You are asked a lot of questions so you won't waste your time on scholarships that don't apply to you. You give them your email address the student's age, year in school, GPA, college major among other things and more.

This service is provided to you free. The way they make their money is through advertising. While you fill out the information forms you are offered advertising for many non-academic sources like credit cards and contests. Ignore all that and press on. It will take you 10 to 15 minutes to complete the profile, but this will help you get better search results.

Once you finish registration, the website presents you with a list of scholarships that match your profile. The list contains the name of the scholarship, the amount, the deadline, type(whether they are scholarships, contests or require an essay). You can save your selections or mark those you don't want. provided me with 25 potential scholarships. Some were straight scholarships, some were contests, promotions, grants, and essay contests. list of features are:
  • Search for local, national and college-specific scholarships.
  • Personalized matching service.
  • Search and compare your options.
  • Tools and tips to help pay for college.
  • Jobs and internships for students.
  • Resources: articles and information.
  • College search.
  • For parents, students and educators.

There is a thorough customer service section which includes a FAQ. There is also an email address for questions.

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