You can continue your education after high school even if you and your parents cannot meet the total educational costs of post-secondary education, be it college, university, vocational or technical institute.
Money is available on a first-come-first-served basis to those who apply. This financial assistance may be in the following forms:
These are generally awarded based on academic ability; results of standardized tests (I.Q., SAT, ACT, National Merit, etc.). These do not have to be repaid, and a STUDENT DOES NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE A STRAIGHT "A" STUDENT TO QUALIFY.
These are awarded for specific reasons (minority student, winning a photography contest, speech contest, etc.). These do not have to be repaid.
Employment on- or off-campus. Wages paid directly to student or credited to his/her account (see Federal Work-Study Program listed under "Federal Programs" and Texas College Work- Study Program under "State Programs").
Educational loans are from various sources (see "State" and "Federal" programs). Banks, foundations, unions, etc., also have loan programs. These loans usually have a lower rate of interest, and must be repaid. Some loans will not require repayment until after you have completed your education. REMEMBER: Borrowing for educational expenses may be a necessity, but it may very well be the best investment you will ever make in your life!
This person controls about ninety percent (90%) of all student financial aid available. Please contact the Financial Aid Office of the college/university or vocational/technical institute you wish to attend early, about ten (10) months prior to entrance.
Various departments at a college (Art, English, History, Math, etc.) may offer scholarships to students enrolled in specific majors. Contact your major department at your choice of college.
Various colleges have special programs or awards for specific groups of students (i.e., special assistance programs for minority students, church-related awards for members of a certain religious affiliation, dependent of a clergyman, etc.).
Many offer scholarships, grants, awards, loans, etc.; check with your local organizations.
Various businesses, especially large companies, have scholarships, grants, or awards for dependents of their employees, or in some cases, for anybody. The same holds true for some unions. Military or ex-military organizations are also in this category.
Check with your local foundations. Many offer grants, scholarships and/or loans.
Loans are sometimes available at lower interest (in comparison to a regular "personal loan") from credit unions, commercial banks, savings and loan associations, etc.
Save money and time through your high school and/or college by taking advanced placement classes and tests.
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