There’s definitely many ways for you pay for college without taking on student loan debt through college scholarships. According to an article on CBSNews, Every year organizations award more than 1.5 million private college scholarships to students that are worth in excess of $3.5 billion.
With the start of the new school year, now is definitely the prefect time to find and secure scholarships. Remember: It’s never too early to start the process!
Here are five unique ways to find scholarships:
1. Your Employer-Most companies offer tuition reimbursement/assistance for any employee looking to further their education. In addition, some companies even offer scholarships and financial aid assistance to employee’s children. If you are a High School student or college bound parent, check with your HR department regarding tuition assistance for both you and your child.
2. Professional Organizations-If you or your child is a member of an organization, ask them if they offer any kind of scholarships. If you are not a member of an organization, you can still approach organizations that represent the industry that you or your child is planning on studying in college. For example, if you or your child is planning on studying Accounting in college, seek out scholarship opportunities directly with the Institute of Management Accountants. http://www.imanet.org/ima_home.aspx
3. Unions- Are you or your child a member of a Union? If so, definitely reach out to them regarding scholarship opportunities. All major labor unions offer scholarships and assistance for members and their dependent children.
4. Library- I personally LOVE the library! There are so many helpful resources available to us. Stop in and speak directly with a librarian regarding your interest in scholarships. They can definitely point you in the right direction, by helping you research sources for scholarships.
5. Chambers of Commerce- Check with your local Chambers of Commerce to see if they can provide you with a listing of members. Once you’re provided the listing, reach out to the business members directly to see if they offer any scholarships to local students.
Now that you’ve read this article, I want you to remember two things:
It’s never too early or too late to get the process started. The goal is to just get started and apply for as many as you can.
Stay organized and track all the scholarships you apply to in a simple excel spreadsheet. I created a table that you can replicate in excel below:
Now I pass it to you. What do you think? How will you use these strategies in your scholarship search? Please leave your comment below!
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