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  • Talk to your guidance counselor and send in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) early in your college planning process so that financial aid questions will not hold up your college acceptance.
  • Financial aid is often on a first come, first served basis, with scholarships given until the funds are exhausted.
  • Other sources of money for college include:
    • Private scholarships (such as those listed in this and other directories)
    • Scholarships from the college you attend
    • Work-study programs
    • Loans
    • Grants that may be offered by your or your parents’ employers, unions, or civic and religious organizations
    • See the Resources page for more information about paying for college
  • If you have a specific career in mind, look for scholarships available to students with that interest.
  • Warning: Scholarship Scams
    Most scholarship programs are legitimate. Regrettably, some are scams. Remember:
    • Legitimate scholarships do not charge a fee to apply.
    • They do not call on the phone, or send an "award letter" out of the blue.
    • They never ask for your credit card number.
    • They do not offer a guarantee of an award.
    • In short, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
    • If you suspect a scholarship scam, tell your guidance counselor.
  • Have someone proofread all applications, particularly essays. “Missssspelled” words make a very poor impression!
  • The best time to visit college campuses is when classes are in session, but anytime is better than not going at all.
  • Don’t pass up small scholarships. They can help pay for those expensive college textbooks.
  • Be organized! Keep copies of everything. Put all your college material in one place and know where it is.
  • Click here for tips on searching this directory.

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