I am almost 18 and a high school senor, and the concept of applying to college baffles and terrifies me. I have always done exceptionally well in school and thought that would be enough. Now I am face with the horrifying realization that although I may have the grades and test scores nessesary to gain acceptance to any unversity I desire, I have no idea how I will pay for it. I can't even think about getting myself in 100 grand or more of debt before I even begin my adult life. Should I resign myself to a school of less prestige to save my pocketbook? Shouldn't the government offer more assistance to bright young students who will eventually help the nation? Any advice?
www.fafsa.ed.gov will give you information on Federal aide. You will want to file ASAP the first of the new year. All money is first come first served and it is gone by March. Check out the site ahead of time to get the forms and figure out all the information you will need. Then, log on to www.collegeboard.com. You will find lots of information on scholarships there. Also, check out large franchises such as Target, Walmart, Carls Jr. and your local service clubs such as Lion's and Rotary clubs. Try Googling "scholarships for college" and follow up.
It is a lot of work, but well worth the effort especially if your grades are good. You might also try contacting the colleges that you are interested in and ask them what to do to get assistance or scholarships.
Don't worry, there's help out there. You just need to get connected.13876
It's definitely a scary time in our economy, but that should not stop you from pursuing a college education. Your education is an investment, and it's one that will pay off down the road. Still, there are some ways that you can relieve the burden.
You didn't say whether or not grad school will be in your future, but if it will be, then perhaps you can choose a less expensive undergrad. While prestigious schools are often associated with a high price tag, keep in mind that there are excellent public schools that are bargains in comparison.
You also said that you are an excellent student--good for you! Scholarships are definitely an option, and like others have said, you should do some research on scholarships. Doing well once you get into college can help too, as many colleges have been known to either increase your scholarship package as you progress through school.
Don't rely on the government to offer more assistance at this point, but do take what you can get. Send in your FAFSA early so that you have the best chance of getting funding. Also, be a frequent and friendly visitor to your Financial Aid office on campus so that you are never in the dark with what your financial situation is like.
There are many online resources, like www.campuscompare.com that offer financial aid calculators and other resources to help you through this stressful time. You are definitely not alone in this, so don't be afraid to ask questions!13875
I just saw from a recent post that you've been accepted to UCLA ~ Congrats! There's no doubt that CA universities are among the best as far as having good reputations combined with low tuition costs! Now, we invite you to join Greatschools "College and Beyond" group at community.greatschools.net/groups/1155113874
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