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Avoid scams when searching for scholarships for college

While there are many great scholarships that can help you pay for college, there are also scams that lead students into financial aid traps. Therefore, when searching for scholarships for college, it is important to recognize signs that indicate that what looks like the ideal opportunity is really a fraud.

For example, you should be weary of any scholarships that say they are guaranteed. Legitimate financial aid organizations do not promise students that they will give them scholarships.

Another trap that many students fall into is scholarships that say they need your bank account or credit card number to hold your place. Giving your financial information to a stranger or an unknown organization is always risky, and real scholarship programs will never ask you for this information. Along these lines, you should also avoid applying for any scholarships that say they cost money. The great thing about scholarships is that they are always free.

Some scholarships may also ask you to send just your information, telling you that they will complete the entire application process for you. Unfortunately, this is typically a sign that the opportunity is a fraud. Students almost always need to fill out an application in order to be considered for a scholarship. 

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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!

5 Easy Scholarships You Can Apply to Today

scholarshipsIllustrationIconIt’s never too early, or too late, to start your scholarship search. We’ve found five easy-to-apply-to scholarships for students in all different grades. All you have to do is see if you’re a match:

1. $1,000 Cappex “No Essay” Monthly Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Monthly
Quick fact: This scholarship is available for registered Cappex users.

2. Marketing EDGE Student Marketing Scholarships
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
Deadline: May 9th
Quick fact: This scholarship is for college students and graduate students who show a commitment to a career in marketing.  

3. Desk and Derrick Educational Trust Scholarship 
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
Deadline: April 1st
Quick fact: This scholarship is for students pursuing careers in energy.

 4. Odenza Group Marketing Scholarship 
Amount: $500
Deadline: March 30th
Quick fact: To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit two small essays, one related to travel, and the other on why they deserve a scholarship.

5. Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank-Fifth Third Bank Memorial Scholarship 
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: March 31st
Quick fact: Applicants must exemplify the spirit of the Heart of a Marine Foundation ideal: honor, patriotism, loyalty, respect, and concern for others.

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