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Finding money for college

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You may have thought you were done with writing essays and sending applications, but not quite yet.  Now is the time to look for scholarships.  And don’t get discouraged.  In this case, one more essay or scholarship application could mean a big pay-off for you.  A few more hours of your time could turn into hundreds or even thousands of dollars!   

College scholarships typically come from three sources: 

  1. The colleges to which you have been accepted. 
  2. Local community organizations 
  3. National or larger regional organizations 

At your college 

Most scholarships come from the schools that have admitted you.    See the scholarship tab in GuidedPath for your schools.  It lists academic scholarships offered to 8 or more students. 

Start locally  

Local organizations are the hidden gems of scholarship money.  Although the awards are typically smaller in dollar amount, you also don’t have as much competition.  Many local scholarships are actually looking for applicants!  Churches, service organizations (like the VFW, or the Junior League), local charitable funds, even your parent’s employer may have scholarship opportunities.  The key is finding the information – who, what, when, where, why and how to apply!     

Check with: 

  • Your high school counseling office 
  • Parent organizations (PTA, Booster clubs, etc.) 
  • Your local library 

Expand regionally 

Use your residence as a means to get more money for college.  Many states offer scholarships to top students.  Check to see what is offered through your state.  Check deadlines for any state scholarships you qualify for. 

Compete nationally 

There are dozens of national scholarship search engines available.  Many are nothing more than a way to market credit cards or other products to you.   These are our recommended scholarship search engines.   

Take Action 

Add your college scholarship deadlines to your application plan.   

Review the scholarship tab for all colleges on your list and determine your eligibility for specific awards.  Add milestones or notes for the scholarships you are planning to apply for.

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Finding money for college

search for scholarships transparent and cropped

You may have thought you were done with writing essays and sending applications, but not quite yet.  Now is the time to look for scholarships.  And don’t get discouraged.  In this case, one more essay or scholarship application could mean a big pay-off for you.  A few more hours of your time could turn into hundreds or even thousands of dollars!   

 

College scholarships typically come from three sources: 

  1. The colleges to which you have been accepted. 
  2. Local community organizations 
  3. National or larger regional organizations 

 

At your College 

Most scholarships come from the schools that have admitted you.    See the scholarship tab in GuidedPath for your schools.  It lists academic scholarships offered to 8 or more students. 

 

Start Locally  

Local organizations are the hidden gems of scholarship money.  Although the awards are typically smaller in dollar amount, you also don’t have as much competition.  Many local scholarships are actually looking for applicants!  Churches, service organizations (like the VFW, or the Junior League), local charitable funds, even your parent’s employer may have scholarship opportunities.  The key is finding the information – who, what, when, where, why and how to apply!    

 

Check with: 

  • Your high school counseling office 
  • Parent organizations (PTA, Booster clubs, etc.) 
  • Your local library 

 

Expand Regionally 

Use your residence as a means to get more money for college.  Many states offer scholarships to top students.  Check to see what is offered through your state.  Check deadlines for any state scholarships you qualify for. 

 

Compete Nationally 

There are dozens of national scholarship search engines available.  Many are nothing more than a way to market credit cards or other products to you.   These are our recommended scholarship search engines.   

 

Take Action 

Add your college scholarship deadlines to your application plan.   

Review the scholarship tab for all colleges on your list and determine your eligibility for specific awards.  Add milestones or notes for the scholarships you are planning to apply for.

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Juniors: How do you measure your chances for admissions?

 

 

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Edge Tip:

How competitive for college admissions will you be in the future? This is based on several factors. Some factors are more measurable in the college applications process than others. The easily measured factors include:

  • Your GPA
  • Your tests scores on ACT, AP, SAT or Subject tests

Less measurable, but equally important in your college application process are:

  • How hard you challenged yourself in your course schedule
  • Activities you were involved in during high school
  • Contributions you made to your community
  • Your love of learning
  • Your life’s experiences

Using Measurable Factors

Use the measurable factors to start creating your college list. You need colleges in the red, yellow and green zone of My Chances in your GuidedPath account. Your ACT or SAT scores generate your My Chances zones. Use PSAT or PLAN scores as an SAT or ACT score to get My Chances zones.

What puts a school in your RED zone?

  • test scores are lower than the average scores at the college
  • the college has a low acceptance rate (typically under 20%)

What puts a school in your YELLOW zone?

  • test scores are in the mid 50% range, along with most other students
  • the college has an acceptance rate of 20-60%

What puts a school in your GREEN zone?

  • test scores are in the top 25% of students
  • the college has acceptance rates of 60-100%

What do each of the zones mean?

  • RED zone.  These are DREAM or REACH colleges. This is where immeasurable factors can be very influential.
  • YELLOW zone.  These are EXPECTED or TARGET colleges. A majority of your future college list should be in this zone. It is your sweet spot for college admissions.
  • 1-4 in the GREEN zone.  This is your FOR SURE or SAFETY colleges. These are very important especially for financial aid or merit scholarship potential.

Your Edge:

Follow these steps to check your zones:

  1. Enter test scores from tests.
  2. Explore college profiles, using GuidedSearch.
  3. Click on My Chances in each college profile.

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Seniors: How do you measure your chances for admissions?

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Edge Tip:

How competitive for admissions will you be? This is based on several factors. Some factors are more measurable in the college applications process than others. The easily measured factors include:

  • Your GPA
  • Your tests scores on ACT, AP, SAT or Subject tests

Less measurable, but equally important in your college application process are:

  • How hard you challenged yourself in your course schedule
  • Activities you were involved in during high school
  • Contributions you made to your community
  • Your love of learning
  • Your life’s experiences

Using Measurable Factors

Use the measurable factors to do a final check of your college list. Using My Chances, make sure you have a balance in your college list.  You need colleges in the red, yellow and green zone of My Chances in your GuidedPath account.

What puts a school in your RED zone?

  • your test scores are lower than the average scores at the college
  • the college has a low acceptance rate (typically under 20%)

What puts a school in your YELLOW zone?

  • your test scores are in the mid 50% range, along with most other students
  • the college has an acceptance rate of 20-60%

What puts a school in your GREEN zone?

  • your test scores are in the top 25% of students
  • the college has acceptance rates of 60-100%

How many schools should you have in each zone?

  • 1-3 in the RED zone.  These are your DREAM or REACH colleges. This is where immeasurable factors can be very influential.
  • 2-5 in the YELLOW zone.  These are your EXPECTED or TARGET colleges. A majority of your college list should be in this zone. It is your sweet spot for college admissions.
  • 1-4 in the GREEN zone.  This is your FOR SURE or SAFETY colleges. These are very important especially for financial aid or merit scholarship potential.

Your Edge:

Follow these steps to check your zones:

  1. Make sure your latest test scores are up to date in GuidedPath.  
  2. Then view My Chances under My College.
  3. Change “Display All” to “My Colleges”.
  4. Count how many of your colleges are in the Red, Yellow and Green zones.
  5. Adjust your list if needed!

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