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Student Blogger: Scholarships to pay for college

Posted on 02.13.17

Paying for college is tough. Sure, you can get loans, but you’ll have to pay those off later. Taking classes at a community college will cut down costs exponentially. Still, how are you going to pay for those expensive books?

Lately, I've been looking for ways to help me pay my through college, and I thought I would share some easy ways to get cash for college.

Fill out the FAFSA. This is by far one of these easiest ways to pay for college. By setting aside ten minutes to fill out an online form about your situation and tax information, you could potentially be awarded with thousands of dollars in government aid through programs like the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant. Not only that, but many other scholarships request information from the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available now! Complete the form as soon as possible to what aid is available for you.

MCC Scholarships. If you are a current MCC student, simply have a current FASFA filled out and login to NetPartner to complete the online Scholarship Application to be matched with scholarships based on donor-established criteria. If you are a graduating high school student with a GPA over a 3.0, you are even eligible for scholarships of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 depending on your GPA. Priority deadline for all 2017-2018 MCC scholarships is April 1, 2017.

American Association for Women in Community Colleges. According to their website, "AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges." This organization offers three scholarships, including a $500 National Scholarship, a $1500 Doctoral Scholarship, and a LEADERS Institute Scholarship for members of the Association. Applications and all supplemental materials are due by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Utilize "Scholarship Search" on iGrad. Recently, MCC partnered with iGrad to help their students achieve financial success through courses, articles, and forum areas. IGrad even offers a scholarship search engine. Simply select which filters apply to your situation, and start applying!

Courage to Grow Scholarship. The Courage to Grow Scholarship is a monthly event in which $500 is awarded to the student that can best explain in 250 words or less why they should be awarded said scholarship. According to their website, "With the "Courage to Grow Scholarship" we strive to help students achieve their higher education goals. By taking away some of the concerns such as "how will I pay for college", students can concentrate on their education and focus on the task at hand." Fill out an submit the application by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Application is due on the last day of every month there after.

Frame My Future Scholarship. Are you creative? Simply submit an original creation expressing what you hope to achieve in your personal and profession life after college. Entries can be poetry, photography, ink, collage, painting, mixed media, or graphic design work. Submit a JPEG or PNG file by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

You can also utilize websites such as Chegg and BigFuture to filter and search scholarships available for you. According to a recent study by NerdScholar, students left more than $2.9 billion of Federal grant money unclaimed. So, get out there and start applying!


--Adriana Petrungaro