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9 Huge Scholarships With Upcoming Deadlines

The price of a college education is pretty steep. In fact, according to last year’s report from the Project on Student Debt, the average student debt is $24,000. That’s a lot of money to hang over your head, and often times, it gets worse.

With the economy shifting and the job market becoming increasingly less penetrable, planning your college career before you’re already behind in student loan payments is crucial. One of the easiest ways to avoid a huge student debt is to apply for scholarships before you’re even in college.

You can start looking as soon as you enter high school just so you’re familiar with what’s out there!

Here are 9 college scholarships you can apply for today:

1. ScholarshipPoints.com
Deadline- September 15
Quick fact- Awards will be between $500-$10,000.

2. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarship
Deadline- September 17
Quick fact- 84 awards will be granted between $50-$10,000.

3. Hit the Books Scholarship
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- High school seniors through master’s-level studies are eligible for this scholarship.

4. Just Poetry!!! Scholarship Awards 
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- High school poets please apply!

5. Siemens Competition Scholarship
Deadline- October 3
Quick fact- To apply for this scholarship competition, applicants must undertake individual or team research projects.

6. AEG Engineering Scholarship
Deadline- October 7
Quick fact-Guess what? Applicants are not required to be currently taking engineering courses to be eligible. Score!

7. Veterans Day Scholarship
Deadline- October 9
Quick fact- Available to all high school students, awards will be between $250-$5,000.

8. Horatio Alger National Scholarship
Deadline- October 30
Quick fact- For this awesome scholarship, 104 scholarships will be award with an average of $20,000. That’s huge!

9. QuestBridge National College Match
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- Recipients of this huge scholarship are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full scholarship.  Did you see that? Full scholarship. Did we mention it’s renewable as well?

Have you begun looking for scholarships yet? What’s your experience been like? Leave a comment below!

Friday College Town Hall

Categories: College Life

wamcIllustrationIconIn Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question:

More than 75% of undergraduate students work while they are enrolled in school.

Should this percentage be more or less? Why?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at  @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below)!

@iamjosephgerman @cappex I think it adds to the experience. I’m excited to get a job while going to school; it just seems better: get best of both worlds.

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5 Unforeseen Expenses Not Included in Your College Tuition

Categories: College Life

scholarshipsIllustrationIconCollege tuition is crazy expensive. The solution?  Scholarships. There are tons of scholarships you can apply for even today, this minute, now!, you could’ve already done it–and, if you want, here are some easy-to-apply-to scholarships with deadlines approaching.

So yes, tuition can be pretty steep, but there are ways around it if you stay ahead of the game and keep your eyes peeled for scholarship opportunities.

On the other hand, there are some costs to college that are a bit unexpected, and we don’t want them to catch you off guard. So here are five unforeseen expenses that you might have to dole out  some cash for that are not included in your college tuition:

1. Tutoring
You are a very intelligent person, but your physics class is much more difficult than you could have imagined. You totally thought you owned that exam, but when you got your grade back, you realized you need to work a little harder. So you visited the physics resource center, you went to your professor’s office hours, you met up with friends in the class, and the concepts were just not hitting home. Sometimes, the many resources your school provides for you won’t cut it–you need a couple one-on-one sessions with an expert who can give you all their attention and focus on what you’re missing.

Yes, tutoring can be a bit pricey, but failing a class can cost you much more.

2. Labs and materials
This mostly goes for art and design students who can’t simply use a pen and paper to do their work. If you’re an art and design student, you might have to pay lab fees (that goes for science students as well), and you’ll probably have to purchase your materials for your art, which can add up. Try to budget in your lab and materials costs before the semester starts so you don’t overdraw your bank account on canvases and oil paints.

3. Printing
It depends on your school, but usually your college or university will give you an allotted number of pages you can print for free (or that’s already included in your tuition), and then it will start charging you. Be careful for this because many professors will have you print off your own course packs which may be hundreds of pages.

4. Healthcare
Being a student is hard. You’ll study hard. Work hard. And probably party hard. With that entire combination, there’s no doubt you’ll ultimately wind up with some sort of illness. Just be weary; a trip to your university care center isn’t free of charge. Don’t be surprised when you get a bill for the tests you took. Also, don’t be taking CAT scans just for fun. Well, you probably knew that.

5. Computers and computer emergencies
Most college students have their own computers. It’s an expensive tool, but it’s also incredibly helpful–you can do you work on your own schedule, not the computer lab’s.

So there’s the cost of the actual computer, but there’s also the chance that your computer might need to be fixed. Too often it all begins with an ill-positioned cup of coffee, a clumsy roommate, a banana slip on the floor, and boom! Your keyboard is drenched in hot coffee and making weird noises. Or, maybe you downloaded a shady file. There are so many reasons your computer can go rogue–like, maybe it’s one of those computers from the future that was sent back in time to take over the human race–but it’s one of the most important tools you have with you at college, so you’re probably going to put the money down to fix it.

What are some unforeseen costs you experience during college? Leave a comment!