With the costs of going to college skyrocketing, the thought of being able to afford higher education can be frightening. Increased cutbacks from the federal and state governments have forced many colleges and universities to raise their tuition rates on an almost yearly basis. This places an additional financial burden on students and their parents in a time where everyone is struggling to make ends meet with the current economic climate. Banks have tightened up their requirements on private education loans and federal student aid has been a victim to cutbacks. Unless you have a trust fund or your parents have been saving for your education since you were born, what is a student to do? Scholarships can help finance your education, and contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have a perfect 4.0 GPA from high school to qualify for many of them.
According to FastWeb.com, a Web site that offers free assistance with scholarship searches claims that approximately $2 billion in private scholarships are up for grabs each year with an average award of $2,000 being given. The odds of winning a scholarship are not too bad with 1 out of 13 students winning a scholarship.
There is a wide variety of scholarships available for all different types of students. Whether you are a brain, a jock, or an artistic genius, you are bound to find a scholarship in which you are eligible to apply. There are scholarships that award students for their community involvement or based on their nationality. Amazingly enough, there is even a scholarship for creating the best prom dress out of duct tape, if you are willing and daring enough to go to the prom in it.
You do have to set your mind to locating scholarships and be confident to just ask around your community also to see what may be available. One place to check are with you or your parents’ place of work as some employers offer scholarships to their employees and their family members. Another place to check is where your family does their banking. Many local banks and credit unions offer scholarships to their members. With a little effort on your part, you may be able to substantially reduce your tuition costs with scholarships and avoid going into debt with student loans.
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