According to data from the Labor Department, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80% between 2003 and 2013. That’s nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care costs. In fact, the price of higher education is growing faster than most household incomes can keep up with. The College Board estimates that the average yearly cost for a full-time undergraduate is $38,544 at a public school and $47,831 at a private school.
But secondary education doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are ways to cover the cost of tuition other than taking out loans, one of them being scholarships. There are two main categories of aid: need-based and merit-based. Usually grants are based on need and are awarded by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, trusts or businesses. But what if your family’s household income surpasses the upper limit for need-based financial aid? Not to worry, there are thousands of scholarships out there for students based on ethnicity, educational interests, medical history, athletic ability and a variety of other student-specific factors. These scholarships can be anything from a one-time amount of a few hundred dollars to an award that covers your entire tuition. No matter what the amount, they’re worth applying for because it’s money that you don’t have to pay back.
So where do I find these scholarships and how do I apply, you may ask. You’ve come to the right place! Here in the Social Sciences Department, we know exactly where to direct you for all your scholarship needs. You can begin by finding out what scholarships you qualify for. Some of the most widely used scholarship search sites include:
Career One Stop
Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities through this U.S. Department of Labor sponsored site.
The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded $15.5 million in scholarships to more than 6,350 students. Funding usually focuses on minority, low-income, and "first in the family" students. Registration for their scholarship search is free.
One of the most widely-used free college scholarship search and financial aid information sites. Registration is free.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
GMSP awards scholarships to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest.
In addition, here are some of the books we have on finding and applying for scholarships:
378.17 Y815 2013 Your college admissions game plan: 50+ tips, strategies, and essential checklists
for a winning college application for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
378.3 C593 2010 The complete idiot's guide to paying for college
378.3 C697-4 2009 Loans and grants from Uncle Sam: am I eligible and for how much?
378.3 H212 2012 The graduate school funding handbook
378.3 H611 2010 Free college resource book
378.3 N728 2007 Get paid to play: every student athlete's guide to over $1 million in college
378.3 R142 2013 Winning scholarships for college: an insider's guide
378.3 R993 2008 The complete idiot's guide to financial aid for college
378.3 S853 2008 Scholarships 101: the real-world guide to getting cash for college
378.3 T161 2014 How to write a winning scholarship essay: including 30 essays that won over $3
million in scholarships
378.3 T161-1 2015 1001 ways to pay for college: strategies to maximize financial aid, scholarships
378.3 T161-2 2015 501 ways for adult students to pay for college
378.303 A825 2010 The best scholarships for the best students
All of the items above are available for checkout at Central Library. However, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, we have even more materials available as reference, so please stop by our department for your research needs!