“I can’t, I’m too broke,” is a common refrain of many college students. College is expensive, but there are ways to offset costs that you may not know exist. Scholarships are an often-underutilized funding source. Unlike loans, you don’t have to pay them back.
Take the time to investigate the scholarships that are available. There are thousands of donors with as many different criteria. Seriously, there’s a scholarship for being a redhead. Some scholarships may require essays, portfolios or recommendations. The awards vary, but some offer as much as $4,000. Take a look at the requirements for each to make sure you qualify.
Don’t assume you won’t get a scholarship because many of them go unawarded due to a lack of applications. People are unaware that there is money waiting to be given out or they think someone else has a better shot at it than they do. Don’t think this.
Learn about the scholarships available at Bridgewater State. Apply through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. You will be notified of awards by the end of April. Scholarships are open to incoming freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Take advantage of the resources that are right in front of you. It is worth the little bit of time it may take you to apply and could make a huge impact on your financial situation.
This article was written by Catherine Rafuse, ’19, a psychology major.