Many ways to earn college scholarships |

Many ways to earn college scholarships

A conservative estimate of college costs for a full-time student runs from $10,000 to $30,000 and a high-cost college can run from $40,000 to $100,000. Most parents and students think that scholarships are only for the students with excellent grades, low-income families or the athletically inclined. A small example of the numerous scholarships available to students include handicapped students, members of a church, “C” students, children of veterans and minorities.

Though the majority of scholarships are from the federal government and are merit and/or need-based, billions of dollars are available to students from private sector scholarships. Much of private sector financial aid goes unused because the parents and students do not know how or where to apply.

There are organizations that have spent hundreds of hours in research locating scholarship sources. The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance – College Bound is such an organization and supplies the public with more than 900 different private scholarship sources. The scholarship lists includes the name, address, application deadlines, summaries about the scholarships and the amount the scholarship will pay.

Many scholarships pay the entire tuition, others can be applied toward tuition, living expenses and other fees. Most scholarships can be used at junior colleges, career and vocational schools, four-year colleges, graduate schools and medical and law schools.

For information about obtaining these scholarships lists send a self-addressed, stamped, business size envelope to The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance, P.O. Box 668, O’Fallon, Ill. 62269.

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