There are different ways to pay for college.
1. Family Savings
2. Grants and Scholarships:
Looking for and applying for grants and scholarships is a part time job.
- Sources: Government, College, Private (business, organizations)
- Based on specific requirements
- Do not have to be paid back
Follow the steps below to make sure you are as successful as possible when searching/applying:
- Apply early and often
- Put together a resume and prepare a personal statement so you are ready to apply
- Create a notebook to keep track of all information
- Start local
- Check with your employer and your parent’s employer for different scholarship opportunities
- Check the emails we send you through Naviance for application opportunities. But feel free to explore the following bulletin filled with scholarship opportunities as well (it is a very long list, courtesy of Harrison High School).
3. Student Loans:
- Must pay back - with interest
- Each loan has a different set of terms and conditions
- Pay attention to how much you'll need for college, monthly payments, and how much you'll have to pay on interest
4. Work Study:
- Students have a job on campus
- Money earned helps to pay for school
The following are other types of aid.
Find out more at this financial aid website.
Here is a short video with extra info.
Examples of other types of Aid:
1. Aid for military Families:
- There are special aid programs or additional aid eligibility for serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran.
2. Aid for international studies:
- Federal student aid may be available for studying at a school outside the United States, whether you’re studying abroad or getting your degree from an international school.
3. Aid from College or Career School:
- Many schools offer financial aid from their own grant and/or scholarship funds. Find out what might be available to you:
- Visit your school’s financial aid page on its website, or contact the financial aid office.
- Ask at the department that offers your course of study; they might have a scholarship for students in your major.
- Fill out any applications your school requires for its own aid programs, and meet your school’s deadlines.
You need to know:
- Students and parents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning October 1 of senior year.
- FAFSA Information: https://www.gafutures.org/federal-aid-scholarships/fafsa/
- Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year!
- Students without a social security number can still go to college and have financial aid opotions.