Financial Aid and Scholarships: 10 Empowering Resources for Students

By Jasmine Dyoco

Did you know that while tuition growth is slowing, the cost has far outpaced the cost of other prices? Alarmingly, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80 percent between August 2003 and August 2013 (1). Likely due in large part to cost barriers, only 17% of the U.S. population has earned an undergraduate degree (2).

If financial concerns stand between you and college admission, read all you can about financial planning and scholarships before getting discouraged. The financial assistance resources and scholarship opportunities below are a great place to start:

Types of Financial Aid
https://studentaid.ed.gov/types

Tax Credits for Higher Education Expenses
https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/tax-benefits

America’s Career InfoNet: Scholarship Search by Category
http://careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipCategory.asp?searchtype=category&nodeid=22

Outside Scholarships: Explanation & Policies
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/outside.phtml

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
https://scholarships.swe.org/applications/login.asp

Government Finance Officers Association | Accounting Scholarships
http://www.gfoa.org/about-gfoa/student-opportunities/scholarships-full-and-part-time-students

2015 Best Medical Assistant Programs Scholarship
http://www.bestmedicalassistantprograms.org/scholarship

Roofing Industry Alliance – Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program
http://www.roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/scholarship

DIY Home Repair Scholarship
http://www.improvenet.com/scholarships/home-repair

National Association of Environmental Professions: Awards & Scholarships
http://www.naep.org/awards-scholarships

(1) http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/10/23/charts-just-how-fast-has-college-tuition-grown
(2) http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/03/24/college-costs-are-soaring/

Receiving financial assistance doesn’t solve all the problems college-bound students may face, but it can immensely increase their chances for success. To that end, please share this collection on Twitter and Facebook. My goal is to influence 100 people to read these articles today and for 50 to share them with others. Let me know if you’re on board! 🙂

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