Are you considering returning to college after a break? Or maybe you're already enrolled and looking for ways to reduce the cost of your education? If so, you may be wondering if it's possible to apply for scholarships after college starts. The answer is yes! You can apply for scholarships every year you are in college, and approximately 50 percent of the available scholarships are for students who are already enrolled. To help you get started, we've put together some tips to speed up the process. Although the following scholarship schedule is intended for high school seniors, early fall is important for anyone beginning their scholarship journey.
You should also check out The Scholarship Monthly Planner for more help staying on top of deadlines and activities important to the success of your scholarship search. This is one of many scholarships funded by the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting, whose deadline is usually the end of April.Many scholarship resources are designed especially for high school students, assuming that everyone follows the straight and narrow path from high school diploma to college degree. We are almost halfway through November, National Scholarship Month, and now is the time to search for, find and apply for scholarships. For senior and graduate university students, attend or are enrolled to attend a Title IV school at least part-time; and be pursuing a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
If you didn't initially receive enough free financial aid to cover your expenses for four years, begin the research process for students who are already in college, so that you're prepared for the scholarship process in your first year of college.If you're going back to college as an adult, you may be eligible to receive grants and scholarships specifically designed for returning students. For more information on the activities you should do to increase your chances of obtaining scholarships from the seventh grade to the first year of college, see Chapter 32 of Earning Scholarships for College. There are also financial aid options available to help pay for school, such as federal loans at low rates as a “non-traditional college student.”Many colleges and universities offer their own “internal scholarships” for college students, including options for adult students who want to return to school. The College JumpStart Scholarship offers annual awards to college students at all levels, including non-traditional students who demonstrate passion and commitment to achieving their higher educational goals.
In the end, receiving grants and scholarships to finish your college degree could help significantly reduce costs and therefore reduce your total student loan debt. Take advantage of these resources and keep looking for new opportunities, as more grants and scholarships are added every day.