Posted by ed on Apr 29, 2010 in Financial Aid
Scholarships for high school seniors can save you and your parents a lot of money. Are you in a situation where you will have to pay for school after you have graduated? If so, you need to exhaust all opportunities to look for scholarships. Many college graduates leave schools with heavy financial burdens and begin life in debt. As such, many parents and students are looking for ways to ease the burdens that come with college.
Fortunately, there are many scholarships that go unused each year because people don’t know about them. Here are some tips for how to get scholarships for high school seniors:
The first thing you need to do is thoroughly investigate all programs that are out there.
Check with local organizations, scholarships from the state, from local clubs, churches and organizations, and sometimes even local businesses. Many states, especially those that have state lotteries have a lot of money to use for scholarships.
Decide what schools you would like to attend, and check with those individual schools. Many schools offer scholarships based on different requirements. You won’t know what is available until you check it out.
Do a detailed web search for scholarships. If a local business is advertising a scholarship, and everyone you know is applying, your chances aren’t very good. But if there is a scholarship that few people know about, obviously your chances are better.
Second, when applying for scholarships, read the rules. Don’t waste time applying for scholarships that you aren’t eligible for. This may seem elementary, but it’s a huge time saver. Check the eligibility before you sign up for it. Also, don’t ever pay to apply for a scholarship. This will almost always be a scam.
Proofread your scholarship. Remember that your scholarship application needs to set you apart. Nothing can damage your chances more than shoddy spelling or grammar.
How can you make yourself stand out? Remember that there are many scholarships for high school seniors and there are hundreds, if not thousands of applicants. You need to list all activities and accomplishments that separate you from the pack. Did you get a high ACT score? Highlight that fact. Are you involved in community service or some other unique and interesting activity? Make sure and put that in your application.
If you don’t feel you stand out in these areas, what can you do to change that? Can you study harder for your ACT and possibly improve your score? Can you take part in any activities, clubs or sports teams that might help you to stand out?
Scholarships for high school seniors are a highly coveted achievement, as they are basically free money. Don’t miss out because you didn’t fill forms out on time, include interesting things about yourself, or didn’t do enough research. Take the time to save yourself from the heavy debt-load that can come later in life due to high college expenses. If you do this, you’ll put yourself in the best possible position to attain a scholarship and help your financial situation as you begin your life as an adult.
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Posted by ed on Apr 26, 2010 in Online Education
College scholarships for women are special scholarships that are only eligible to be awarded to women. Do you feel stuck? Trapped in a dead-end job? Do you feel like there is no way for you to earn enough to feed your family and truly get ahead? Perhaps you want to go to school, so that you can increase your earnings, but there is no way that you can afford it.
If this is your situation, than a scholarship or a grant might be just what you need to get the training that can help you to further your career!
Now a frustrating part of getting college scholarships for women is that most scholarships are slanted towards seniors coming out of high school. But don’t think that this obstacle cannot be overcome. You just have to know where to look.
Remember that a scholarship can save you thousands of dollars. As such, you need to be very thorough in your investigations. The internet can provide you with plenty of scholarship agencies, however, be careful and fully investigate them all to see if they are legit.
What is needed to get a college scholarship for women? First of all, you’ll need to know your GPA and ACT/SAT score from school. Did you do well in school? If so, than you are in good shape. If you have a GPA over 2.5, then you can possibly qualify. What about your ACT score? Is it low? Unlike your GPA, you can change your ACT!
Re-taking the ACT can be tough though, and will require study. But if you feel that you didn’t give it your all as a teenager, and think that you can achieve a higher score, than re-taking it could be a big boost to your scholarship application.
How can you find available scholarships?
First, you can find organizations that grant college scholarships for women. These types of organizations are plentiful. The EWI, the AIE, among others, provide women with scholarships on a yearly basis. Contacting these groups can give you some real answers in your quest for a scholarship.
Also, there are organizations in your area that many offer scholarships. These often operate on a local level, maybe based out of your city or state.
The federal government offers scholarships and grants, and this can be another source of funding. If your test scores were great in school, you may have to go this route.
But one of the best ways to find a scholarship, is to look to the schools themselves. Many schools like to give scholarships to adults on a yearly basis. For instance, they will have “Second Chance” scholarships, as well as scholarships for women, for women over 40, and for minorities.
Investigating all these avenues can really pay off. It’s not something that will come easy, and expect disappointment from time-to-time. But if will pay off if you open that letter and find that you’ve been awarded a scholarship!
College scholarships for women can help you to get your career back on track. If you need to get back to school, but don’t have the money to pay for it, then hopefully these tips that we’ve shared with you today can set you on the right track!
Posted by ed on Apr 23, 2010 in Financial Aid
Being single mom is hard, emotionally and financially. Not all single moms can cope up with the needs of their children. Single mother entails with a challenging responsibilities that is to burden all the financial support and taking care of the children. Government supports these women and establishes grants for them. Government grant for women are very reasonable and it helps them a lot, for the mother and the child.
The government offers some legitimate grants that any single mom can apply. These grants are geared for giving grants to organizations and to individuals. Federal grants also are bestowed to single mothers. This grant needs some qualification once you apply to this. You need to support your application with a letter that will state all your needs and your situation.
These grants come in different type, it depend on what single mom needs for herself and her baby. Some grants offer business and others education for those mothers who wants to finish schooling.
Most mothers go for business, because in it they can sustain the needs of her child. There are also housing grants, but only those single moms who do not own house who can qualify on this. Another grant offers employment assistant, this is for those single mother who wants to have a good job and to earn good. Medical assistance is also made available for mothers who raise their children alone; it will ensure the health care for her children during illness. They will shoulder all the hospital expenses.
There are also discount card for single mothers, this can be used during purchased of foods and milk. The benefit of this program is to extend their child’s lunch either for free or for discounted price.
All those single mothers need to do is to comply the different requirements needed. It is important to consider the eligibility for financial aid, for mother who earns high income they will receive lower amount of monetary support.
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Posted by ed on Apr 20, 2010 in Financial Aid
Access to affordable education is within reach with scholarships and grants for college students in Florida. These programs provide financial aid support to Florida undergraduate students who are enrolled in degree programs at participating Florida universities and colleges throughout the state.
Eligibility Procedure and Requirements to Receive Academic Funding
Each institution may have their own procedures such as application deadlines, student eligibility, and application procedures. However to receive funding, students must be a resident of Florida and a U.S Citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students should not be in default under any state or federal grant, scholarship or loan, unless student has made arrangements for repayment that is satisfactory. Student must also be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per term in a baccalaureate degree program from a participating Florida institution. They should also meet Florida’s general eligibility requirements for funding. State aid is not available to students who are enrolled in a program that leads to a degree in divinity or theology.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright FuturesScholarship Program was created in 1997 to reward students for their academic accomplishments during high school. The program reward students by providing them with financial support to attend postsecondary education in Florida.
- Florida Academic Scholars award
- Florida Medallion Scholars award
- Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award
Florida Grant and Scholarship Programs Offered
For detailed information on each program listed and more, visit the Florida Student Scholarship and Grants Program website.
- Critical Teacher Shortage (CTS) Student Loan Forgiveness Program and the CTS Tuition Reimbursement Program
- Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP)
- First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG)
- Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Servic members (CSDDV)
- Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistant Grant Program (FSAG-CE)
- Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant
- Florida Resident Grant Program
- Talented Twenty Program
- Florida Fund for Minority Teachers Program
- Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
- Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship Program
A variety of grants and scholarships funded by the State of Florida give students the support they need to reach their academic and career goals.
Posted by ed on Apr 17, 2010 in Financial Aid
Are you looking for a smart, practical and savvy student loan debt management tool? Look no further than the PLUS Loan program.
Your parents may apply for and borrow money to fund your higher education. PLUS Loans are available to pay for tuition, room and board, books and any other eligible school expense. The student needs to be attending school at least half-time. If you the student are receiving additional financial aid, that additional amount may be deducted from potential PLUS Loan proceeds. Simply check with your student financial aid advisor for further details.
When you consolidate a PLUS Loan, you can combine or bundle all of the Federal student loans you received into a single “one payment a month” loan. The interest rate is 7.9% as of July 2009 so combining other PLUS Loans into a new loan may save you money. Review those older loan documents.
As in original PLUS Loan applications, only modest parental credit scores are needed to qualify. Also, a PLUS Loan is not “need based” so even if you have some parental financial support, you can apply for (your parents on your behalf) and receive PLUS Loan proceeds.
Your PLUS Loan is funded usually via two payments, sent straight to your school. Those funds will be applied directly to your tuition, fees, room and board or other usual school expenses. If there are funds remaining, your parents will receive that amount in a check, or that balance can be deposited into your student bank account. Remember that any left over funds must be used for your educational purposes!
Interest on a PLUS Loan may be tax deductible. Please check with a qualified tax consultant for more information.
You may qualify for a 0.25% repayment interest rate reduction when you set up automatic monthly payments from your checking or savings account.
There is a 3% origination fee and a 1% Federal default fee. DO NOT LET YOUR STUDENT LOANS GO INTO DEFAULT! I cannot say this often enough.
Your parents will have a 30 day prior and a 30 day after loan funds disbursement window to cancel the PLUS Loan. Your parents then have a 14 day window to notify the lender that they wish to cancel the loan. Always check with your financial aid advisor before canceling a loan.
Posted by ed on Apr 14, 2010 in Financial Aid
Government grants can help you start you own business if your eligible. Whether you need $100,000 and below hurry don’t miss the opportunities of availing this grant.These grants allows you to loan for you small business. This entire funding are from programs of the United States programs that from you taxes dollars and company profits.
Try to find this government grants surely it can help you to start you small business and the government is not hiding this information from you. And remember the terms and condition of this kind of grants because it is strict and must be followed. if not followed repayment of the grant can be required, however you do not have to repay grants of interest unless you break their condition.
Have the right information on the submission program as these grants are not obtainable all the year long. With all the things that you need to do research for you could lose track of time, as a result make sure that you will always be on list before sending the application form. And get ready for the proposal of your plans and will be scrutinize by the officials of the government make sure for you peruses of this grants.
Once you fill the application form for a government grant it is sent to a committee, which ultimately decides that you can avail these grants or not. You can avoid from be denied try to contact the proper agency and know how to write properly the application form remember some people failed to receive the grants because of wrong or improper filling of the government grant forms, so try to make a very good and quality writing on this form and gather more information on this case so that you will not be denied.
Posted by ed on Apr 11, 2010 in Financial Aid
You may be wondering if getting a scholarship is all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, it’s always great to receive money that you’re not expected to pay back, but are there any drawbacks to getting a scholarship. As it turns out there are pluses and minuses to receiving scholarship money. The obvious plus is that you get money that you need for school that you won’t have to take out in the form of a loan. This money will go towards things like tuition, room and board, books, supplies, your computer, and anything else related to school.
You definitely don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth but there are some things that you’ll be expected to do in order to receive the scholarship money, and keep receiving it each semester. Many scholarship awards have minimum requirements that you’ll be expected to have in order to get the award in the first place, but you’ll also be required to maintain these minimums each semester you expect to keep getting it. What’s great about a scholarship is that it’s usually not a one-off. You can renew it for as long as you go to college, depending on if you keep your grades up and meet all other expectations. Some scholarships will want you to maintain a certain GPA, while others will expect you to get involved with extra-curricular activities or put in volunteer hours in order to get your money.
If you come to rely on your scholarship money, but have a bad semester, it can be financially devastating having your money rescinded or not qualifying for it for future semesters.
When compared to grants, scholarships usually have more strings attached, but since they are renewable it balances out. When you receive a grant, many times it’s a one-time award. If you want to receive it again you have to reapply and get re-accepted. The beauty of grants is that you rarely will have to do anything outside of applying for them. If you apply for a grant and are awarded the grant, the money just shows up either by direct deposit or in the form of a check. With a scholarship they will not only verify that you’re eligible to receive it, they’ll check with the school to make sure that you’re still keeping your end of the bargain, and all money will be sent to the college directly to pay for things. You’ll only get the leftovers to do with as you please.
Of course it’s better to get a scholarship than to not get a scholarship. Just don’t be surprised when you find out all of the other things that come with getting one. They are often glamorized and thought of as the Holy Grail of free money for college. Some scholarships cause stress in the form of keeping the minimum requirements. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it or not.
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Posted by ed on Apr 8, 2010 in Financial Aid
The state of West Virginia is known for mining and coal. What is less known is the Mountain State is one of the biggest energy-producing regions in the United States, supplying electricity to much of the country. At the same time, it is also an exceedingly rural state with so much countryside it adopted the nickname “Almost Heaven” from the John Denver song “Take Me Home.” Therefore, it should come as no surprise the scholarships offered there show this kind of diversity.
The main scholarship offered by West Virginia is the PROMISE ( Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence). Any high school student who graduates with a 3.0 grade point average, combined SAT of 1400 and ACT of 20 is automatically entitled. It provides a full tuition for a college located inside the state or up to $3,160 for out of state. It is strictly based on academic merit.
Another key scholarship offered to locals is the WP Black. It is administered through the state’s Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, and considers financial need as well as academic merit. It is open to both two and four-year colleges. It also requires the completion of an essay with financial and academic records. Meet its requirements, and you will receive $1,000 yearly.
Another impressive scholarship program is administered by the West Virginia Space Consortium. It has put together a group of scholarships and fellowships for those with ambitions for entering the aerospace engineering and related STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations.
The scholarship plan will have students studying under the guidance of retired and working NASA professionals. Fellowships will actually take the learning process one step further, actually allowing post-grads to participate in research. Awards are strictly based on academic merit and can range from $1,000 to $2,000.
For those who want to pursue other STEM-related jobs, there is also the West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Program. Again, based on academic merit, it awards up to $3,000 for those interested in pursuing jobs in high-demand technological professions.
Probably the most famous scholarship program to come out of West Virginia is the Robert C. Byrd Honors program. Named after the state’s recently retired senator, it is actually a national program that grants its beneficiaries $1,500 a year. For Mountain State residents who want to apply, they must have any combination of the following: A high school GPA of 3.5 or greater, an SAT score above 1150, ACT above 25 or a GED score greater than 3550. It can be used towards the tuition of any school in the country.
Posted by ed on Apr 5, 2010 in Financial Aid
Surprisingly enough, it is possible to save money even while spending! You just need to master the principle of smart-spending and you can sit back and watch the savings roll in. In the current economic climate, it is most advisable to adopt a smarter way of shopping. Whether shopping for clothing or grocery, vacation or insurance, your loyalty should always be to your purse/wallet, never to the store!
Here is one fashion tip you can’t afford to ignore: the simple 1:2:3 rule that adds up to fashion perfection.
To make your wardrobe truly versatile try this rule. For every trendy (latest but temporary fashion) piece in your wardrobe, make sure you have 2 basics (e.g. plain t-shirts, body suits, vests, jeans in assorted colours) and 3 timeless classics (e.g. LBD – the little black dress, blazer, white shirt, cardigan, pencil skirt, clutch purse, heeled boots) that are simple and not faddish and will never go out of fashion because they were never in fashion!
I am a firm believer in setting rather than following the trend. I find that it is actually more classy to not wear what everyone is wearing, but to wear a unique piece that will draw attention because of its uniqueness. If you collect beautifully unique and timeless pieces over time, you will find that such pieces will server you for much longer because they will never go out of fashion. This way you will be saving money while spending. Instead of throwing your hard-earned cash on supposedly ‘in-vogue’ fashion items, you will be putting together a nest egg for yourself while still looking smashing and effortlessly classy!
So next time you see a top or skirt at 90% off, buy it and match it with that classic number that is already in your wardrobe!
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Posted by ed on Apr 2, 2010 in Financial Aid
Many people spend much of their time searching for scholarships, as easy as it seems, not everyone gets the luck. There are a variety of factors that need to be looked into before applying a scholarship. There are various sources one can use to find a scholarship and the internet is among the valuable resources. However, it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a lot of research to find the kind of scholarship that is suitable for you. It is worth it bearing in mind the large amount of money you can save if you had one. When searching for scholarship put in mind all your skills, talents and high school activities that you were best at, all these would lead to an attraction on the side of the sponsor. Scholarships come in many shapes and forms and you may never know whether a computer club member in your institution could add credit on your side.
Seeking counsel and advice from the experts is another way. Using the internet is not enough because it offers a variety of options and one can get confused if he is not well informed of the best scholarship programs, this is the time to open up even to the high school counselor. They might have more experience and will easily assist you. Remember that no matter the struggle, you have to put your priorities at their best, you have to attain a goal of what you want to accomplish and be clear about it. Some applicants run for scholarships when they are not sure of their current engagements and so they end up being indecisive of what to do first. International Scholarshipsreally make a difference in everyone’s life and it is worth the battle, education is the best investment one can make and therefore even though you may not be lucky at one point, there is no point of giving up.
There are many other non-governmental organizations which seek to finance students from needy backgrounds. Sponsorships are readily available but many people are not informed and this means one has to go through daily newspapers and other resource materials as often as possible. The media also plays an important role by informing people about the latest colleges and scholarship programs available. One has to be keen so as not to miss out the deadline. You also have to be aggressive and well discipline so that you can win favor from both the sponsors and any other person who may be willing to assist. The right attitude also matters, when searching for a scholarship, remain calm, have a positive drive and work with an aim of achieving one.