Ready to attend Career College but not sure how you are going to pay for it? Consider the cost of tuition, books, and supplies. One way to pay for career college is to get a scholarship or grant. Here are 4 hacks for finding a Career College Scholarship.
Hack #1 – Government Financial Aid
The biggest source of scholarships and grants is the federal government. Fill out your FAFSA to qualify for many grants including the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, TEACH grant and Iraq and Afghanistan service grant.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Federal Student Aid awards over $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds each year. Make sure you know the deadline to file for Federal Student Aid. There are federal and state deadlines, and your colleges may also have a deadline.
Federal Pell Grant – Usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Start by filling out and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,815 for the 2016-17 award year. The amount you get depends on your financial need, your cost of attendance, your status as full-time or part-time student and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – The FSEOG program is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school or career college. Not all schools participate. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out if the career college offers the FSEOG. The financial aid office will award FSEOGs to students that have the most financial need. You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need. You must maintain enrollment as an undergraduate student and must not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant – The TEACH Grant requires the career college student to take classes to become a teacher. If you accept this grant, you will also be required to teach for a certain length of time. The TEACH grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants – provides money for career college students that are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and had a parent or guardian die in the line of duty as a member of the U.S. armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan or during the events of 9/11. The grant is equal to the maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year.
Hack #2 –Scholarship Websites
There are many different websites offering information about scholarships to pay for career college. Here are a few of the top websites that offer scholarship information:
FastWeb’s Free Scholarship Search – The leading online resource in finding scholarships to help pay for school and career college. Access over 1.5 million scholarships.
Scholarship Points – Students earn points for their daily internet activities and use those points to enter scholarship drawings.
Scholarships.com – Offers over 3.7 million college scholarships & grants worth around $19 billion.
Cappex – A scholarship directory with more than $11 billion in scholarships available.
Chegg – Index of over 25,000 scholarships for high school, college and career college students of all ages.
Hack #3 – Private Scholarships
There are two types of scholarships, college and university scholarships and those provided by companies and organizations in the private sector. Private foundations, companies and service groups award scholarships. The award amount depends on the provider. Many scholarships are merit based but some scholarships are awarded to students based on many different factors including cultural background, athletics, professional interests, artistic talent, geographic location or the career college you are considering attending.
Consider local scholarships, they can be less competitive. Ask your guidance counselor about local scholarships and also check out the jobs and career section of your local library.
Also, many students don't want to apply for scholarships that have very small award amount, but these scholarships can be easier to win. Students also tend to dismiss competitions requiring a submission or essay.
Hack #4 – Veterans’ Services
The GI Bill awards veterans with benefits to help complete career college. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone. VA Education Benefits are not taxable and is not reported to the IRS as income.
Veterans who have served at least 90 days of active duty service after September 10, 2001 and received an honorable discharge will qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Learn more about the Career College Scholarships offered by Daymar College? Daymar College offers scholarships based on merit and recommendation letters. Contact us today to find out how to advance your career to the next level with a career college scholarship.