How to Find College Scholarships

by Julie Richards

College educations are becoming increasingly expensive. Tuition prices can be upwards of $10,000 or more. The student can become dependent upon student loans to pay for college. This means starting a new career already in debt. There is a solution. College scholarships can relieve some of the fiancial burden for the college student and their families. This is money that does not need to be paid back. The student does not have to finish college owing a large tuition bill.

How to Find College Scholarships

Contact the financial director at the college you are planning on attending. There are scholarships the college has available to it's enrolled students. A scholarship is different than a grant due to certain requirements the scholarship committee may have issued. This can include maintaining a certain grade point average, full time enrollment, and other criteria.

Check with your state college board. Many times there is scholarship funding available for college students at the state level.

Examine your family work history or other affiliations. Certain companies offer college scholarships for the employees and their families. Scholarships are available for many students who have had family members in the military or other organizations.

Apply for every college scholarship you qualify for. Many college scholarships are left unawarded due to the lack of applications.

Check the Internet and local library for websites and books on college scholarships. There are many unknown scholarships available. For instance, there is a college scholarship for left-handed people. A certain hair coloring manufacturer offers a scholarship to red-headed people. Religious organizations offer college scholarships for members and their families.

About the Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.