As a student at a private university in Austin, Texas, I know that a college education can cost a pretty penny! I have received scholarships, grants and financial aid, but that is simply just not enough to cover the full cost of my tuition. I personally refuse to graduate from college with loan debt that equals the price tag of a luxury car. In order to prevent this from happening, I decided I that I would apply for additional scholarships this summer to cover the balance of my tuition. I have constructed a useful list of websites and tips that provide students, like you and I, with scholarship opportunities.
1. JLV College Counseling
JLV College Counseling is a website that has a variety of scholarships listed. The scholarships are sorted in categories, such as monthly deadlines and majors. Simply click on the categories of your choice to find a list of available scholarships. You will find a description of the eligibility requirements and a link to the scholarship applications. Personally, this is my favorite website.
2. Ask Your Professors
I encourage you to develop and maintain good relationships with your professors because they can help you with things like recommendation letters and may be aware of scholarships. Professors can be considered a great resource because they always receive information about scholarships and grants for students. Don't be afraid to ask! If you ask your professor, they could probably find you a scholarship specific to your major. Scholarships that are designed for specific majors are always more accessible because you have less competition.
Many of you may have heard about Fastweb Scholarships. The website requires you to take a survey about yourself. While the survey is somewhat lengthy, it is well worth it. You will ultimately receive a list of scholarships based on your survey results. Recently, Fastweb added a section for internships.
4. Study Abroad
If you are like me, then you have a high interest in studying abroad! The opportunity for us to travel abroad via our universities is a privilege that, unfortunately, comes with a sizeable price tag. Thankfully, there is a website that shares scholarships specifically for students who are studying abroad. The scholarships are either merit-based or based specifically on the student, destination, program or subject. Do not let the lack of funds stop you from maximizing on this amazing opportunity.
5. International Students
This is for all of my international friends that I have ever heard complain about how there are not enough ways for international students to cut the cost of college. Most international students travel from countries where education is either free or much less expensive than in the United States. Check out the website called InternationalStudent.com. It is an online resource center that allows international students to gain access to information regarding financial aid, scholarships and jobs.
I hope that this list is able to assist someone in furthering their dreams and education! If you know of more useful resources and websites, please share them in the comments below.