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Why Should I Apply for Scholarships?

Scholarships can make a big difference when it comes to paying for college. Even small scholarships can add up to much larger amounts, considerably lowering how much money you will need to pay. Many colleges may give out scholarships or grants (“gift aid”) as part of your financial aid package. These are typically associated with academic merit or community service. These forms of gift aid are funds that you will not have to pay back. In addition to the scholarships provided from the college, you are able to bring in as many outside scholarships as you receive. Outside scholarships will go towards what amount of the total cost your family is expected to pay for your education. Scholarships, both from the college itself and outside scholarships, can help to make college significantly more affordable, giving you and your family less to worry about. 

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

You need to be careful when applying for scholarships that you do not apply for scam scholarships. As a general rule of thumb, you should not have to ever pay to apply for a scholarship. Check out some other basic rules about avoiding scholarship scams here

Here are also some good tips on making sure you are finding and applying to legitimate scholarships.

Where Can I Find Scholarships?

There are many different types of scholarships, so be sure to do an in-depth search to find the ones that best fit you.

Check out this website for financial definitions, information, resources, and scholarship links:  The Ultimate Scholarship Guide ­čśü

Here are some great online scholarship databases to check out:

BHS Scholarship Listing
Career One Stop
Big Future

Dollars for College

Dollars for College is an organization that is meant to help students and families be prepared for sending a student off to college. The Dollars for College website has many different resources available for students in all grades of high school, college students, and for parents/caregivers. Below there are links to the toolkits for seniors in both English and Spanish.

Student Financial Planning Toolkit for 12th Grade 

un kit de herramientas de planificación financiera para el estudiante  

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