Be sure to search for non-essay scholarships as well. These types of scholarships require less time and effort. You can find them on sites like Scholarships.com.
Finally, think about applying for financial aid as a job. “If you spend 10 hours applying for aid and receive $1,000 in scholarships, you’re essentially earning $100 an hour,” Conway says.
Myth #5: If I didn’t qualify for financial aid last year, I won’t qualify this year
Just because you didn’t qualify for federal student aid last year doesn’t mean you won’t qualify this year. Financial aid eligibility is based on a variety of factors, including income, family size, number of dependents in college and other financial obligations.
Because your eligibility factors can change from year to year, it’s essential to fill out the FAFSA every year — even if you didn’t qualify in the past.
Additionally, if you believe you’re eligible for financial aid but didn’t receive it initially, you can request your financial aid be reviewed to have your unique circumstances considered.
Professional judgment requests are typically used when there has been a significant change in financial circumstances that weren’t reflected on your original FAFSA, or when special circumstances arise that weren’t considered in your initial award letter.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to financial aid. Always do your research, ask questions and seek out resources to help you maximize your financial aid opportunities. With the right information and preparation, you can make college a reality without breaking the bank.