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Scholarships - How To Get The College Money You Need And Avoid The Scams

by Steadman Issenburg

Getting enough money to pay for a college education can be difficult, but if you're willing to work

hard there are ways to get all the money you need without having to repay it. One of the best ways to do that is to get college scholarships.

Essentially, when you receive a college scholarship you are being given money for college that you will never have to pay back, and so it's a wise idea to pursue college scholarships even before trying to get a college loan. There is plenty of scholarship money that is available, but it takes time and effort to be able to access it. So here are some tips on how to successfully find and get college scholarships.

1. Try to find as many college scholarship programs as you can that you are eligible for, and then apply for as many as possible.

2. Although you may apply for several scholarships, be sure that you follow the directions for each one very carefully, filling out all application forms completely and accurately, and submitting all the information that may be required.

3. Keep all of your scholarship packet information very neat and legible so that it can be easily read. Remember that the scholarship reviewers may have several applications and packets of information to go through, and most likely those that are hard to read will not get the most attention.

4. Pay particular attention to removing all spelling and grammatical errors before you send off your scholarship packets. You want the reviewers to get as positive and favorable an impression as possible, so don't ruin it with poor spelling and punctuation.

5. Be sure that you get all scholarship packets in the mail well in advance of their stated deadline. This may require keeping good notes on all of the deadline dates for the scholarships you are applying for in order to stay organized.

Unfortunately, another aspect of applying for college scholarships these days is having to avoid the scholarship scams that have now become prevalent. So here are some suggestions on how to avoid falling victim to one of these education scams.

1. Never apply for any scholarship that asks you to pay money in advance in order to receive it.

2. Never apply for a scholarship that asks for your credit card or bank account number in order to hold the scholarship or verify information about you.

3. Never apply for a scholarship that indicates that it is part of some sort of contest. Scholarships are awarded gifts, not sweepstakes.

If you follow the tips suggested above for applying to legitimate scholarship programs, most likely you will have success and get money that you can surely use for your college education. And if you avoid the scams mentioned above, you can protect yourself from being swindled in your pursuit of legitimate college scholarships that are available.

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Steadman Issenburg writes on many consumer related topics including education.

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