Last year, graduates who took out loans left college with an average of $24,000 in debt. (New York Times, 4/2011)
If you have a high school Senior, you are probably consumed with college applications and college visits. Now is the best time to start thinking about scholarships. Knowing where to look is half the battle.
Never pay for scholarship information!
Websites like College Board or Fastweb.com are great places to start. Fastweb actually matches your to relevant scholarships that meet your requirements either based on your major, your interests, your extra-curricular activities or how much money you might be looking for.
There are some scholarships available in your own community. Check out local Kiwanis or Rotary Clubs, churches and synagogues. Ask your school counselor, too, as they might have been informed of scholarships available in the business community. Don’t forget to get those SAT and ACT scores up! Many state schools offer scholarships to students with strong college admissions tests and GPAs.
Talk to the college of your choice.
Colleges will usually provide a list of scholarships they offer. Don’t get hung up on the amount of money being offered. Even small amounts add up!
Meet with a college counselor at Chyten.
At Chyten, in addition to helping with all of your application and essay needs, we also offer services to help meet all of your financial concerns about attending college.