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30 Dec, 2009

4 Ways to Get Free Money for College

Posted by: Parker In: College Costs

This is a guest post written by Elizabeth Cutten, a writer for FindCollegeCards, a student blog with more than 800+ unique articles focusing on just about anything college!

College isn’t cheap, and if you’re going to college for the first time, you’re going to almost pass out when you see your first bill.  It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a community college, or a university, it’s going to take a long time to pay off those tuition bills in the future.  Thankfully, there are ways to get money toward your tuition, no matter who you are.

Today, I wanted to show you how you can find money for college, so that you don’t have to go out, and work for it.

Scholarships: Scholarships are a great way to fund your college.  There are a million of them out there, and all it takes is a little research.  No matter who you are, or what you did in High School, I can almost assure you that you can find a scholarship.  As long as you treat the scholarship search like a job, you can find one.  Even if it’s $50, you can feel great at the end of your hunt, because that is $50 less that you have to pay toward your bills.

Grants: You’ve probably seen the commercials, or Internet ads, but there are a lot of government grants out there that can help you pay for college, if you can’t afford it.  Search for government grants, and see if you can qualify.  You can do what I did, and just apply to see what happens.  Remember, the worst thing that will happen is that they will just deny you, or say, “no”.

Financial aid: Financial aid is probably the most popular one.  If you’re having a hard time paying your tuition, you can get financial aid that will help you pay for your college bills.  Again, even if you don’t think you can qualify for it, it doesn’t hurt to apply.  You’ll just find out that you’ll get denied, or better yet, they may refer you to another solution.

Work with the college: Not all colleges have this, but there are some out there that will actually allow you to work for them.  In return, they will knock some money off your tuition.  You can do things such as cafeteria work, janitorial work and more.  This is a great way to build great work ethic, and it looks great on your resume as well!

If you can treat these like a job, you’re going to find that the harder you work toward finding money for college, the less you’re going to have to pay in the long haul.  Try some of these tips above, apply, and see if you can get approved!

1 Response to "4 Ways to Get Free Money for College"

1 | julie@DOREAMON FAN...

January 7th, 2011 at 4:54 am

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you’re right..thank you so much for the article ..nice nice i learn big things especially this june i will be a second year college student and your write up gives me new ways to reach my goal in my life which is to finnish my study or to become a degree holder…keep up a good work…more power.
ahh.. bye the way i’m working student in our school ..or else im a working scholar or known as S.A (student assistant) and i can really relate what you have written in your article..thank you…

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