Gaining $46,000 for college wasn’t easy but it was super helpful and this student would not have been able to go to college if she did do this…
How this student received over $46,000 for college without loans
If you’re interested in how you can receive money for college through grants options, financial aid, scholarships and more then, this article is for you. We’re not going over loans in this article however student loans can be a good option.
“I did earn $2000 from the JCL which is just a small organization I found through my aunt”
She says that finding smaller scholarships is really the way to go when you’re looking for extra money for school. Larger scholarship programs have a lot more competition and if you can go to smaller scholarship organizations, you’ll have a better chance of winning a scholarship
- Apply to as many as you can
- Find smaller scholarships
- Ask friends and family for help finding programs
You’ll want to get localized information about your options so go out into your local community or find your local newspaper and see if they are hosting any scholarships or if they are associated with any organizations who are hosting scholarships. Try to get the word out that you are looking for this information and soon enough people will start coming back to you with programs you never knew existed.
“The scholarship I applied for was only giving it away for two students and only two students even applied – that’s why you want to look for smaller lesser known scholarship programs”
Here’s a great tip. There is always going to be an essay on the scholarship and what you might want to consider is that nobody really wants to hear a sob story and although a lot of students might write essays about how hard their life is and how much they want a better opportunity but that might not be the best thing to do.
You’ll really want to focus your essay on how you want to succeed in life and why – and then how your scholarship will help you achieve your life goals.
Grants are really what can give you the most money. For this specific student she was able to get about $40,000 towards her college expenses.
“If you complete your FAFSA correctly and do it by the deadline, FAFSA will be your best friend!”
You can be eligible for a lot of different grants through FAFSA but you’ll need to fill out your forms and then you should talk to your college or university to see exactly how the whol process works.
This student was able to receive 3 different types of grants
- Cal grant which was based off of her family’s income needs. Over $12,000
- Federal pell grant which was also based on her family’s income needs and her academic achievements. $4595.00
- University grant which is also based on academic achievements and family financial needs. $17,391
Keep in mind that if you have a sibling that is going to or is in college then you financial aid is going to be a lot higher! Luckily for her and her brother they are good students and they were able to get a lot of money to go towards school.
She also was able to pay for a lot of her tuition and other expenses but she even got a refund check in the mail every quarter to help with housing needs and more.
Here are some quick tips
- Submit your FAFSA on time
- Talk to your school
- Read fine print
Financial pressures can be one of the biggest stressors in life even more so than school and work. And to be a student that has to worry about all of this financial stress is really difficult. However, there are options to help you lift some of the financial pressure.
Lately, always read the fine print. Make sure you understand your scholarships and grants because you don;t want to end up owing money or anything like that. And not that this happens but you just really want to make sure you know what you’re getting into.