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How to Make Your Education More Affordable Than Ever

One of the hardest things about getting a degree is finding out things you wish you’d known before you started. That’s particularly true when it comes to figuring out how to pay for the education you need in order to achieve your dreams. Most people simply fill out their FAFSAs and wait for the package to be announced, but there’s plenty more that you can do to save money.online classes

There’s More Than You Think
This is the first mistake that people make when it comes to financing an education. It is wrong to assume that you have to take what is offered. You can actually get more out of financial aid by simply asking for it. There are also special “summer only” scholarships that you should jump on to pay for another class. Talk to your financial aid officer and ask them what you are allowed to get, as opposed to what’s offered to you. You’ll be glad you did.

An Early Start Is Best
Another way of stretching your dollars is to make sure you get everything you can out of high school. Some school districts now offer to pay for a year of community college – that’s an entire year of college for free. You should also pay the small sum for any Advanced Placement test you’re capable of passing. It may be a gamble, but many colleges accept scores as low as a 3 on the AP, and will grant credit hours in that subject.

Going Online Gives You an Advantage
Online schooling is another great way to shave expenses. This saves gas money and often allows you to necessary classes so they don’t conflict with the rest of your daily schedule. Many students get caught in the trap of needing two courses that are offered at the same time on the same day. But taking some of your courses online will help you to avoid this problem. There are plenty of options to choose from – a master of public administration program, teaching programs, engineering degrees, and more. This will allow you to find the right subject for you and save money doing it.

Using these tips, you may be able to graduate early and start earning money while everyone else is still sweating out their finals.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan also enjoys researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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14 Scholarships Expiring in July 2015

Summer vacation is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to slack off on the college and scholarship hunt. After all, finding a few scholarships now could mean thousands of dollars in savings just a few years from now.

Haul yourself out of the pool, towel off, and check out these scholarships with July deadlines.

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1. Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

We’ve all been taught to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and here’s your opportunity to show everyone how well you do it. Write a blog post, make a video, take a photo, or share a social post showing how you help the environment and you could win this award.

2. AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary College Support Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $500

Have family members who are members of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary? You’re eligible for the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary College Support Scholarship.

3. Proof-Reading.com Scholarship Program
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,500

If you’re already in college, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and complete at least 12 credit hours a semester, you’re eligible to write an essay on the stock market for this scholarship.

4. Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

Your academic background and submitted essay will determine whether or not you win this award. Students must be be in the process of obtaining an advanced or trade school education.

5. Brian White National Academic Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

High school seniors and college undergrads who apply for this scholarship have to write an essay on drunk driving for a chance to win.

6. Minority Scholarship Award for Incoming College Freshmen
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

This award is available to high school seniors who come from a background that’s underrepresented in the chemical engineering field and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

7. Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $2,000

Migrant farmworker students who have completed at least one year at an accredited college or university, a strong academic background, and financial need are eligible for this award.

8. Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
Deadline: July 1
Award: $200-$1,000

Submit two copies of up to three original, unpublished poems, and you could win.

9. NurseJournal.org Global Health Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $3,000

College students currently enrolled in a nursing, medicine, or public health program can qualify for this scholarship, provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

10. Lending Tree Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $2,500

Do you need a $2,500 scholarship? Submit a 200-word essay on why you think a college degree is worth the time, energy, and money.

11. Women in Service to Our Communities Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $500

If you have a bit of time on your hands and a background in community service, you can submit an application for this award. Send in an application form, two letters of recommendation, a community service resume, and a short essay on volunteer work.

12. ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship
Deadline: July 21
Award: $1,000-$5,000

You can apply for this award if you’ve recognized a problem in your community and put in place an action plan to solve it. This project must have been undertaken on your own initiative, not with an established group or club.

13. James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000

Current college students have the opportunity to write an essay on a cancer-related prompt for the chance to win this award.

14. “From Failure to Promise” Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: July 31
Award: $500-$10,000

If you have a 3.0 or higher GPA and will attend college in the fall, you can read the book “From Failure to Promise” by Dr. C Moorer and write an essay on a given prompt – your submission will give you the chance to earn this scholarship.

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21 Scholarships Expiring in June 2015

It’s the end of May – that means that if your high school finals aren’t over yet, they will be within the next few weeks. You’ve definitely earned a break after all your hard work this year. But before you head outside to enjoy the summer sunshine, don’t forget to apply for a few of these scholarships expiring in June.

1. ExceptionalNurse.com College Scholarships
Deadline: June 1
Award: $250-$500

Does your disability motivate you to help others by becoming a nurse? If so, you may qualify for this scholarship from ExceptionalNurse.com.

2. Kor Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: June 1
Award: $500

If you consider yourself a creative individual who’s studying language, check out this award.

3. Copyright Awareness Scholarship
Deadline: June 1
Award: $5,000

Submit a short video on copyright and intellectual property and you could win this prize, which would cover a sizable portion of your tuition.

4. Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
Deadline: June 1
Award: $5,000

If cosmetology is your dream field, this prize will help you cover school expenses.

5. John D. Spurling OBE Scholarship for Responsible Pet Ownership Education
Deadline: June 1
Award: $2,000

If your program of study includes some element of responsible pet ownership in its curriculum and you’re a high academic achiever, you could qualify for this scholarship.

6. Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship
Deadline: June 1
Award: $500-$1,000

The Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka offer this award to a high-achieving individual who plans to attend law school and submits an essay to a writing prompt.

7. CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship
Deadline: June 1
Award: $2,500

Entrepreneurial students are encouraged to apply for this money, which is awarded by CEO.com.

8. Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: June 12
Award: $1,000

Are you deeply involved in community service or extracurriculars? Do you have big goals for the future? Do you know anything about Bruce Lee? If so, send in your application for this award.

9. Collegiate Inventors Competition
Deadline: June 15
Award: $7,500-$15,000

Your original idea or invention could pay for part of your college career. Put on your thinking cap and see if you meet the requirements for the Collegiate Inventors Competition scholarship.

10. Interactive Marketing Scholarship
Deadline: June 15
Award: $2,500

Write an essay on online marketing for businesses and you could win this money for college.

11. Teens Drive Smart Video Contest
Deadline: June 19
Award: $2,500-$20,000

Submit a video about safe driving for the chance to earn a substantial sum for your tuition.

12. “Stand & Be Heard” Anthem Singing Contest
Deadline: June 20
Award: $5,000-$10,000

Students who are involved with some sort of agriculture-related student organization and create a video of themselves singing the national anthem will be entered to win this prize and a recording session.

13. Providian Medical Scholarship
Deadline: June 21
Award: $500

High-achieving students who write an essay on how medical equipment has changed the college curriculum will be entered to win this award.

14. Alice Madden Barton Scholarship
Deadline: June 30
Award: Varies

Hair chain Great Clips awards this money to a student who plans to pursue cosmetology or barbering.

15. Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 30
Award: $2,500

Students who want to get into interactive entertainment, exhibit strong character and have a strong academic history and financial need can apply for this award.

16. Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarships
Deadline: June 30
Award: $200-$2,000

This scholarship is for students entering the automotive industry who have a GPA of at least 3.0.

17. Jessica Karrat Dance Scholarship
Deadline: June 30
Award: $500

Those majoring in dance education can submit an essay to try to earn this award.

18. Campbell Family Scholarships
Deadline: June 30
Award: Varies

Applicants must be studying a field that helps pets and their families, like veterinary science.

19. Mays Mission for the Handicapped Scholarship Program
Deadline: June 30
Award: Varies

Students applying for this scholarship must have a documented disability, a GPA of 2.3 or better, and an ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of at least 870.

20. Digital Privacy Scholarship
Deadline: June 30
Award: $1,000

Students must submit an application and 140-character message on digital privacy. A select few will be invited to write a full-length essay to compete for the final prize.

21. Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award
Deadline: June 30
Award: $1,000

Applicants must submit a short essay on cyberbullying to qualify.

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