Going to college is one of the best things you can do for your future. On average, people with a college degree earn more in their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. The problem is that sometimes it does take money to make money. College is expensive, and the expense can make you and your parents cringe. Fortunately, the United States government and many organizations all over the country understand the financial demands of a college education, and they want to help students just like you pay tuition.
Federal Grants for College
The United States Department of Education offers four grants to students with financial need.
To receive one or more of these grants, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can complete the FAFSA online, or you can find the form at your guidance counselor’s office or local library. Once you apply, your information will be reviewed and a determination will be made on whether or not you are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. If you are awarded this grant, you will receive automatic consideration for the other three grants.
Organizations Offering Scholarships for High School Seniors
After submitting your FAFSA form, don’t stop there with trying to find scholarships to pay for college tuition. Many organizations have thousands of dollars they give away to financial needy students every year. The following are some of the most popular scholarship programs that run annually.
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Four Year Award for High School Seniors
Coco-Cola has been supporting higher education for many years. They currently award 250 high school seniors with a scholarship each year. Fifty of them are worth $20,000 and 200 of them are $10,000 scholarships. All that high school seniors need are a GPA of at least 3.0 and proof of financial need. Applicants also cannot be related to someone working for Coca-Cola.
AXA Achievement Scholarship
This scholarship for high school seniors awards one person $10,000 from each state. After each award has been given, the organization then chooses one person out of the winners to receive $15,000 in addition to the $10,000.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award
Did you read the book “Profiles in Courage” from your summer reading list? Well, if you did, you can use what you’ve read to write an essay about political courage. All this organization is seeking is 1,000 words. If your essay ends up being the best, you’ll receive $10,000 for tuition.
CollegeProwler.com $1,000 High School Senior Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors. Simply go to CollegeProwler.com to complete the application. It must be submitted by 6/1/2013. If you’re selected for the scholarship, the organization will contact you directly and post your name on their Facebook Page.
You Can’t Say No to Scholarships
With college costs rising, you can’t deny that these scholarships for high school seniors aren’t tempting to apply to for a chance at receiving thousands of dollars. Scholarships don’t ever have to be paid back, and they can be a great help in lowering your student loan debt once you graduate.
You’ve made a great decision to attend college, and now, you have the chance to make another great decision – apply to scholarships.
Start out by applying for these easy scholarships.