Pay for College

Pay for College


  • Do not wait until the last minute to apply – it shows!
  • Submit applications on time. Most organizations do not accept late paperwork
  • Read basic eligibility criteria carefully. Avoid completing lengthy applications if not qualified
  • Complete applications thoroughly. Use the phrase “does not apply” to answer questions you might leave blank- NEVER SUBMIT AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION
  • Ask in advance for Letters of Recommendation. Instructors and employers appreciate your consideration of their time and are more willing to write letters for students who plan ahead.
  • Ask for more than two Letters of Recommendation. This will give YOU the option to select the strongest ones to submit.
  • PROOF READ! Poor spelling, grammar, punctuation, and short essay answers reflect a student who doesn’t care. Do you think someone would want to give money to a student who doesn’t care?
  • Apply to SPECIFIC Scholarships and increase your chances of receiving a scholarship.

Essay Suggestions:

  • Start with brainstorming ideas; don’t worry about being perfect on the first draft. Many students find it easier to start with the middle sections, and then do the first paragraph last.
  • Be prepared for multiple drafts. In the beginning, don’t focus on grammar or punctuation, just get the ideas down
  • Don’t stall on the perfect first sentence, many writers find it easier to write the introduction as the last step in your draft
  • Let your essay say something unique about you! We are all unique, so let that come through in your essay
  • Once your essay has been redrafted, proofed, and drafted again- save it. Many scholarships ask very similar questions. No need to do the work over again
  • DO respect the space limit-show that you can get your point across in a clear and succinct manner. If the directions ask for a 1-2 page essay- do not submit more than 2 pages.
  • Proof read and also have others read your essay- they may see things you don’t. The Writing Center is a great resource (see sidebar for resources).
  • If you have “hiccups” on your transcripts, take this chance to explain those. This may be the opportunity to explain a difficult time in your life and how you handled those challenges.


Avoid Scholarship Scams with these telltale signs...

  • The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.
  • You can't get this information anywhere else.
  • I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.
  • We'll do all the work.
  • The scholarship will cost some money.
  • You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship’ or ‘You're a finalist,’ in a contest you never entered.

To file a complaint, or for free information, students or parents should call
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
or visit:


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