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Scholarships are a smart way to help pay for your college education because they are considered FREE money. Unlike student loans, you don’t have to repay your scholarships. You can use them for your college-related expenses. For example:
  • Tuition
  • Meal Plans
  • Fill in the gaps of institutional aid
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Student loans
  • And more
Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. It’s important to note that higher education institutions do have outside (private) scholarship policies. For example, in cases where a student is receiving need-based aid and also receives an outside scholarship, institutions may eliminate some of the institutional aid they initially offered. So, make sure you contact your college’s financial aid office to see what their specific policies are and how best you can maximize your overall award.
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Types of Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are financial aid awarded to students based on financial need. To be eligible for needs-based scholarships, you are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Most of the time, you must be enrolled full-time and apply every academic year for this type of aid.

Merit Based Scholarships

Merit based scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved high honors in a certain area. That can include:

  • Academic accomplishments
  • Artistic Talents
  • Community Involvement
  • Athletic talent
  • More.

Eligibility for merit-based scholarships varies by organization and institution. You can also find scholarships based on:

  • Your favorite hobbies
  • Your family’s military status and,
  • Other community-based opportunities
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How to apply for scholarships
Always apply for FAFSA first. Find scholarships that interest you and that you are eligible for and apply. Make note of the deadlines. Get your recommendation letters. Write your scholarship essay. Here are tips on writing the perfect scholarship essay. Submit your completed application on time and check your inbox for winner announcements.

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