Tips For Paying For College

  • Start Early! 
    You can start up to two years before you graduate from high school.

  • Don’t turn down the small money! 
    Just because a scholarship is only for $500 or $50 it is still money you can use.  All you have to do is apply.

  • Don’t be afraid to search locally!
    There is a lot of money in local organizations (hospitals, VFW’s, parent’s employers, banks/credit unions and so on).
  • Keep this in mind when accepting aid:
    1. grants and scholarships before loans
    2. subsidized before unsubsidized
    3. do not take out too many loans to pay for the extras – eventually you will pay for this money with interest!
  • Apply for everything possible!
    If you were able to raise too much money for college (BIG IF) you could always turn some down.  Treat finding money like any other job you get paid for.  You have to know what you are doing and take the time to do the job correctly. Lastly, you don’t pay to work, so don’t pay someone else to research for you.  Use the many resources available to help you find money for college and if you have questions, just ask people not only will help you, but want to help you.