More colleges than ever are offering merit-based scholarships and other financial assistance to students. Although many seniors don't realize that they're eligible for this kind of help with the costs of attending college, some schools are attempting to make a college education more accessible to students through merit-based financial assistance.
According to an article published in the Boston Herald, more than 18,000 Massachusetts students in the class of 2012 are eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. To maintain the payments, which can cover up to eight semesters of undergraduate tuition at a public university, students must stay enrolled in their full-time degree programs and maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
Universities across New England are attempting to help talented students pay for education programs. One such school is Green Mountain College in Vermont. In a recent announcement, the university revealed that it will be implementing a number of initiatives aimed at making postsecondary degrees more accessible, including merit-based scholarships, need-based grant programs and scholarships that reward students for community outreach work.
Many schools offer scholarships that you may not even be aware of. Talk to your college admissions adviser about how to apply for scholarship programs. Ask your financial aid officer if you're eligible for scholarships or other merit-based financial assistance based on your grades and financial background.