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Scholarships. Where to look for additional outside help to pay for school . Tips from College with additional supplements. Where to begin. Apply for FAFSA Apply for CSS Profile (some schools) Apply to schools Speak to financial aid officers at your schools.

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Where to look for additional outside help to pay for school

Tips from College with additional supplements

where to begin
Where to begin
  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Apply for CSS Profile (some schools)
  • Apply to schools
  • Speak to financial aid officers at your schools
sample questions to ask a financial aid officer
Sample Questions to Ask a Financial Aid Officer
  • From
  • These are good questions to ask in order to determine how much outside help to seek.
  • Examples:
    • Average total cost?
    • Priority deadline for financial aid?
    • Offer need-based and merit-based financial aid?
how to begin your outside scholarship search
How to Begin Your Outside Scholarship Search
  • Recognize that most financial aid comes from:
    • college grants
    • federal loan programs
it take times
It take times…

Searching for scholarships takes time and energy, but remember: It\'s free money. If you spend five hours applying for scholarships and receive only one $500 scholarship, that\'s the same as earning $100 an hour!

~Sallie Mae Foundation

how to begin your outside scholarship search continued
How to Begin Your Outside Scholarship Search (continued)
  • If you decide to search for outside scholarships:
    • It will be a timely process
    • Personalize and narrow your search – Do I meet the criteria for this scholarship?
    • Look at local scholarships
    • Research employers (both yours and your parents) and membership organizations
    • Use recently publishes scholarship books
    • Use online scholarship search engines *
    • Look at ISAC scholarships
    • Research institutional scholarships
    • Make an organized list of where you are applying
narrow your search
Narrow Your Search
  • Basic narrowing points include:
    • School year, citizenship, state of residence, religion, ethnic background, disability, military status, employer and membership organizations
  • Other questions to narrow your search include:
    • What do I want to study?
    • What kind of career do I want to pursue?
good questions to ask
Good Questions to Ask
  • What is the application process?
    • Submission form
    • Interview
  • What materials are required?
    • FAFSA and/or CSS Profile information
    • Transcripts
    • Essays
    • Recommendations
  • Is the scholarship renewable?
look locally
Look Locally
  • Scholarships for students from your high school
  • Chicago scholarships
  • Cook County scholarships
  • Illinois scholarships
your job and your parents too
Your Job (and your parents’ too)
  • Large companies have scholarships and tuition programs for employee’s children
  • Tell your parents to ask the Human Resources Office
  • Look at your own job for possible scholarship opportunities
    • Fast food chains
    • Department stores
    • Grocery stores
membership organizations
Membership Organizations
  • Many membership organizations offer scholarships
  • Include:
    • Alumni clubs
    • Professional organizations
    • Community service organizations
    • Religious organizations
    • Sorority and Fraternity organizations
good books
Good Books
  • Each year, new books are published with scholarship listings.
  • Go to your local bookstore or library to find these books.
  • Make sure the publication date is recent, to be sure the scholarships are still available.
books recommended by the sallie mae fund
Books recommended by the Sallie Mae Fund
  • How to Get Money for College, by Woodburn Press
  • Cash for College, by NASFAA
  • How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families, by Gen and Kelly Tanabe
  • The A\'s and B\'s of Academic Scholarships, by Anna Leider and Anna Schimke
  • The Black Student\'s Guide to Scholarships
  • The Scholarship Book, by National Scholarship Research Service
  • The Scholarship Advisor, by Christopher Vuturo
  • Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider\'s Guide
  • Peterson\'s College Money Handbook
  • Paying for College without Going for Broke, by KalmanChany and Geoff Martz
  • Peterson\'s Winning Money for College
  • scholarship books to browse
illinois scholarship programs from isac
Illinois Scholarship Programs from ISAC
  • Scholarships administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Depends on the amounts allocation the Illinois General Assembly and Governor every year
good free scholarship search engines to try
Good & Free Scholarship Search Engines to Try

Can narrow the search

  • Profile includes school information to narrow it
  • Student can provide additional information

Scholarship finder

  • Make a profile to refine your search

Sign up for free

  • Fill out an extensive profile to narrow your search when you first log in
  • List scholarships by deadline dates
scholarships for hispanic students
Scholarships for Hispanic Students
    • Latino College Dollars
scholarships for african american students
Scholarships for African-American Students
    • Black College Dollars
other websites
Other Websites
institutional scholarships
Institutional Scholarships
  • Automatic scholarships for GPA or ACT/SAT scores?
  • Usually included in your financial aid package if factors in financial need with the merit-based portion
  • Some schools have application processes
  • After investigating, ask how and where to apply.
tips from college board
Tips from College Board
  • Start looking early
  • Read eligibility requirements carefully
  • Organize your materials
    • Transcripts
    • Test scores
    • FAFSA and/or CSS Profile
    • Parent’s tax return information and other financial info
    • Essays
    • Recommendations
    • Proof of eligibility
tips from college board cont
Tips from College Board (cont.)
  • Proofread the application and essays
  • Leave no blanks
  • Follow all instructions
  • Make sure it is legible
  • Make copies of everything you send
  • Send it in early!
more tips for searching
More Tips for Searching
  • Start looking early
  • Use all of your resources
  • Know which scholarships you meet the eligibility requirements
  • Complete the requirements on scholarship application
  • Be confident, yet polite in your application
  • Do not pay for scholarship searches
how will outside scholarships affect your financial aid package
How will outside scholarships affect your financial aid package?
  • Talk to a financial aid office member and ask
  • Individual schools handle outside scholarships differently
  • Often, university need-based grants are reduced first
  • Other times, outside scholarships may be applied to other costs, such as room and board or books
good luck
Good luck!

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