It is an undeniable fact, college can be extremely expensive and for people who aren't in the 1% you can expect your wallet to take a major hit. But what if I told you that it didn't have to be that way? What if I said that there is a way that you can pay for college without even opening your wallet at all. Would you be interested?
This article is all about teaching you what I believe to be the best way is to get college money.
The First Step - Financial Aid
Before you even begin to think about applying for a scholarship you should apply for financial aid. How important is this step? Well, I will put it this way, there is a reason I am talking about it rather than talking about scholarships
FAFSA is more need based than anything. So, if you sign up for FAFSA and you or your family is doing well financially don't expect to get a lot of money to pay for your college experience.
Obviously, the flip side of that is if you aren't well off financially. In that case you can expect to receive a lot of free financial aid for college.
Actually, one of my good friends went to college for free on FAFSA's dime because he wasn't well off.
So, if you want an easy way to receive money for college I recommend applying for FAFSA immediately!
The Second Step - Creating Your List
After you have successfully applied for FAFSA it is time to turn your attention to scholarships. Of course, the average person will go out and apply for mainstream scholarships that are, quite honestly, way too competitive.
So, I am going to suggest a different approach. Rather than apply for competitive scholarships I am going to recommend that you create a list of only uncompetitive scholarships. This way you increase your odds dramatically of an organization saying yes to your application.
One last thing before I move on, do not add a scholarship to your "list" that you have no chance of winning. For example, if you are planning on being an art major, don't apply for a culinary school scholarship.
The Third Step - Embrace The Weird
By now you are probably wondering how you are going to find these uncompetitive scholarships. Don't worry, I have you covered!
In my opinion, the best place that you can find an uncompetitive scholarship is not to spend hours looking from scholarship database to scholarship database but to look at lists of weird scholarships.
Look at it this way, the weirder the scholarship is the less competitive it will be. No one wants to apply for a scholarship for being able to predict the future (yes, that is a real scholarship.)
Of course, there are certain cases where unusual scholarships can be competitive but usually that isn't the case.
The Fourth Step - Hard Scholarships
Another way to find uncompetitive scholarships is to be on the lookout for scholarships that have a really hard application process.
Actually, one great example of this type of scholarship is a very strange prom scholarship. Basically, in order to apply for this particular scholarship you need to create a prom dress completely out of duct tape. Now, while that scholarship can be extremely fun it also has a hard application process thus making it a little less competitive.
I do feel it is important to mention that if you want college scholarship money you are going to have to be willing to work hard. So, if you are lazy then chances are you won't get college scholarship money.
Hopefully this article has been helpful in teaching you a way to get easy scholarship money.
This article was written by Chris Seiter who runs a successful scholarship website for women at www.weirdscholarshipsforgirls.com