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Free College? What!

February 14, 2011

This is Chesley at her graduation from SOU in 2004. She was so happy and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I told both of my girls at a young age that it was necessary to get a college education. Certainly in today’s financial world an education isn’t always the ticket into a job, but an education is not just about getting a job. An education is about higher learning, it is about broadening your experiences and taking from them lessons you can apply everywhere. And education is part of your life experience that will forever change you and helps mold what you (and who) become. But as our financial woes continue, getting the money to go to college is tougher. But there are ways.

Every year, millions of dollars of free money for college goes unclaimed because students aren’t aware of it. The internet is a storehouse of information on scholarships and grants for students of all ages – but you have to know the best ways to find it.  Most scholarships are for either $500 or $1,000, although some offer as much as $10,000 per year. Some students are awarded several different scholarships. Nearly very college or university offers full scholarships that cover tuition and living expenses.

What to do…

  • Start your search at www.google.com. This popular search engine constantly updates its listings on scholarships, grants, paid fellowships and other awards.
  • Plug in money words. Start with “scholarship” then search related money words such as “grant,” “fellowship” etc.
  • Search with word strings. When you type more than one word in the search filed, the listings will be more specific to your particular needs.
  • Bypass commercial sites. Typing “-.com” in the search field streamline your search be eliminating paid-for scholarship search services.
  • Search your interests. No matter what you like to do – play tennis, skydive etc there are probably scholarships available. Pair your interests with the word “scholarship” in your search engine.
  • Search sites of major foundations. As well as associations and companies as many offer scholarships.

Some examples to search under:

I’ve always felt that if you really wanted to go to college that there is always a way. Determination is half the battle. Let GAI (www.gunwel.com) help you with all of your financial needs. We can help create a plan or a budget to help you achieve your goals. Give us a call today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon!

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