With the new academic year comes approaching, the students pursuing scholarships are getting more and more competitive. For students with financial difficulty getting a scholarship is a great solution to their problem, easing their financial burden so they can concentrate to their study. Like what is mentioned by scholarships.com unlike student loan, educational grants and scholarships don’t require you to pay back once you finished the education. With such an obvious benefit it’s only normal that hundreds thousands of students with financial needs compete for scholarships available.
To help you increasing your chance in getting scholarships it is recommended for you to know how the scholarships application process works. That knowledge will help you to conduct the scholarships hunt as effective as possible. Less time and effort wasted chasing blind alley, more targeted scholarships application that cater your personal financial needs, as well as increasing for your scholarship application to be accepted by preventing you making mistake in the process are some of the benefits.
So without much further ado here is the step by step instruction and tips on how to get scholarships for 2014 based on articles on scholarships.com and scholarshipamerica.org:
- The very first step in the scholarships and grants hunting process is to gather information. Gather knowledge on where you are hunting the scholarships for 2014 by conducting small research both online and offline about it. Visit some trusted websites on scholarships and grants such as grants.gov, scholarships.com and scholarshipamerica.org to find information about available scholarships and grants, its eligibility and requirements. Visit your school’s or college’s financial aid office to find information about financial support available in your school or college for 2014.
- Visit the http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and fill out the FAFSA form or Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Most school and college grant and scholarships will require you to do this step in the process. Once you finished filling out the FAPSA form for free you will receive a SAR or Student Aid Report that basically inform you how much financial aid you can get form government supported grants and scholarships.
- The next step after completing the FAFSA form and receiving the SAR is to apply for the available scholarships and grants. There are lot scholarships available, choose several of them that you are available for as well as cater your financial need. Some available scholarships for 2014 among others are:
- ING Unsung Heroes, Deadline: April 30, 2014
- Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) Scholarship Program, Opening Early 2014
- Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, Opening Early 2014
- Dollars for Scholars Community Volunteer Service Award (CVSA), Opening Early 2014
- The Edwards Lifesciences Scholarship Program, Opening Spring 2014
- Review your grants or scholarships for 2014 application to make sure there are no grammatical or spelling mistakes, or missing required document that can jeopardizing your chance in getting the application accepted. Meticulous and careful review will certainly increase your chance. Submit the application early and pay attention to the deadline.
- Open Scholarships. scholarshipamerica.org/open_scholarships.php
- Applying for Grants. scholarships.com/financial-aid/grants/applying-for-grants/
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