The high school students that are set to go to college often seek out scholarships and grants in order to help pay for tuition. However, for some high school students they are unsure where to look for these types of financial aid and as a result many may not be getting the full amount of college financial aid for which they may qualify.
There are endless scholarships and grants available for high school students who want to go to college. Universities are costing more and more as tuition increases and extras like books and housing are on the rise as well. This is becoming problematic because many people are either avoiding college or taking out more student loans than they have to.
Scholarships are given for a number of reasons, most commonly they are merit-based and factor in a high school student’s academic career and extracurricular activities, but this is by no means the only thing that scholarships look at. Certain degree programs or fields of study offer scholarships and there are also scholarships from various organizations, companies, and even universities for which students can apply.
Grants on the other hand are similar scholarships only grants are often based on a high school student’s family’s income. Students that come from low income families are often given grants to help pay for the costs of attending a university and more commonly than not these grants are found through FAFSA, the governmental financial aid office within the Department of Education.
While student loans are no reason to avoid college, looking into all other forms of student aid before using student loans is going to be beneficial to anyone that is college-bound. It will take time and effort but finding these scholarships and grants will be worth the work in the end if one can pay for college without incurring a large amount of or any debt.