The cost of college is always increasing. It is extremely important to start planning your future by figuring out your financial plan. There are TONS of resources out there to help you pay for school it just requires a bit of effort.
What are scholarships? A grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Scholarships can be based on your academic or athletic talent, or on your interest in a specific subject or career. Scholarships are not paid back; there are thousands of scholarships available, many of which you must apply to separately.
What are grants? Grants are typically need-based (which means your financial circumstance is considered) and they come from the state, federal government and colleges themselves; you don't pay back grants.
What are loans? Loans are borrowed money that you have to pay back. Federal loans are a better option than private loans.
How do I apply?
There are many opportunities to apply for a scholarship. Riverside High School has a page dedicated to scholarships. If you are looking for more scholarships there are several websites dedicated to helping you find what scholarship is right for you! Fastweb
- online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school.
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Finally, you've figured out what college you want to attend to pursue your field of study but you're not sure if you can afford to attend. Don't miss out on money from our government to help you cover the cost.
FASFA - part of the U.S. Department of Education that is the largest provider of student financial aid. College Grants and Scholarships - if you qualify for financial aid at the federal level there is a good chance you are in line for similar treatment from your home state.
To look for the best loan option there are 3 things you can do.
- Complete the FAFSA. It can qualify you for federal loans, which usually have the best terms.
- Contact your college's financial aid office to ask about loans through your college.
- Check with the U.S. Department of Education to find out about state loans.