Ways to Find Additional Financial Aid

Financial aid is everywhere. It comes in many forms and with many different types of strings attached. If you do not have trust fund or unlimited amounts of personal resources, then you are going to have to explore different ways of funding your education.

The Internet is a great resource for finding financial aid opportunities. Any search engine will direct you to millions of web sites that deal with financing your college education. Finding funding opportunities that apply to you will take some time. Be patient. Go about your search with a sense of sustained interest. This is your future we’re talking about. You need to be in control of it. Using the Internet is the most basic way to start seeking out financial aid opportunities.

If you’re in high school, seek out advice from your teachers and counselors. Ask them if there are any specific financial aid opportunities that you qualify for. Start your search for funding options early, so that you can have your funds available when you need them.

If you’re in college, visit your school’s financial aid office. Ask questions about your situation. Clarify anything you don’t understand about your own obligations and funding sources. See if the campus offers any university-wide or subject-specific aid opportunities.

Scholarships and grants are the most attractive college funding options, because they don’t need to be repaid. Purchase books and periodicals that list scholarship and grant opportunities. Go online and hunt for your money. Apply for every conceivable grant option from local, state and federal organizations.

If you are serious about your financial aid search, the results can be dramatic. You could go to college at a drastically reduced price, or you could end up going for free. If working while you’re in school doesn’t sound appealing to you, then put yourself in a position to receive financial aid checks in the mail.

There is certainly a lot of money out there for college students, put no one is going to just give it to you. You have to apply. Put in serious time researching these opportunities, and once you find one that you qualify for, pounce on it. Get all your stuff in early. Take time to answer every application questions completely, and write a high-quality personal statement that you can be proud of.

The cool thing about looking for financial aid opportunities is that it forces you into self-categorization. You have to look for different identity boxes and see if you fit in them. If you don’t feel comfortable squeezing into a particular identity box, then don’t plan your future around that identity. Clarification of your educational interests and professional goals is a secondary bonus of the financial aid hunt. Your primary goal should be achieving the ultimate bonus, going to school for less than free.

Chris Stout