College Scholarships: What You Need to Know

Think it’s a little too late to apply for a scholarship?  Well, you could be right.

But then again, you could be wrong.

Tassel on the left? Clearly, this pile of money is a graduate.

As scholarships can range in just about any value, they are definitely a major piece of the pie for hundreds of students.  So how does one go about finding a scholarship?  Well, finding a potential scholarship is a lot like the journey of a thousand miles (or kilometers) – it starts with a single step.

Many scholarships have specific criteria that needs to be met in order to be considered.  Some of these could be TOEFL scores, ACT/SAT scores, specific grade point average, area of study, or nationality.  There are no set standards, and it’s important to keep in mind that only a few that may be eligible for you.  

First, check with your school or university.  Some schools, like Boston University, post criteria on their websites and it’s best to get in touch with them directly.  Often times, scholarships from schools are offered on the outset from admission.  But sometimes you can often reapply for scholarships that take both need and merit into account.

Next, do your research!, and The College Board  host a wealth of scholarship opportunities for international students.  Some results are undergraduate scholarships, others are fellowships and graduate assitantships for those looking to take the next step.  Some of these scholarships are limited to locations of study and certain nationalities, but it never hurts to look when it can save you some cash!

Lastly, beware of scams.  If a website is asking you for money to apply, that’s clear sign that something’s up.  The most respected scholarships are free to apply, and always Google or ask friends to validate a specific award.  Keep in mind, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Readers, did you have a scholarship?  What tips would you like to share?

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