As a person looking to study further, you may find the financial hurdle of paying college fees, a difficult one to cross on your own, as colleges are charging a fair amount for graduate level studies. In this situation, one of the best options you have is financial assistance scholarships.
These scholarships are provided by different sources, including colleges, companies, and organizations. The amount of aid that you will get also varies from provider to provider. Some awarding authorities provide enough money to cover your tuition expenses, accommodations, book charges, and other expenses, while others may pay for the tuition fees only.
If you win a full-ride scholarship then all your expenses are taken care of. In the case of a partial scholarship, you will need another source to pay your expenses. The good news is that you can win multiple scholarships at a time. So, if one scholarship pays for your tuition fees, the other may cover the rest of your expenses. Therefore, it is a good idea to apply for as many financial assistance scholarships as you can.
If you are able to get a full-ride scholarship from the college you want to study in and another scholarship from a different awarding authority, the college will deduct the amount equal to that scholarship from the financial aid that it provides; so, the total amount remains the same.
Financial assistance scholarships are awarded for different reasons. You can win a scholarship if you have an excellent academic record—this is the academic merit scholarship; you can win a scholarship if you excel in a sport or in the field of arts—these are the athletic and artistic merit scholarships. There are also scholarship opportunities for students who do not have a great academic record. If you belong to ethnic minority, you can apply for scholarships that are geared towards ethnic minorities. If you have disability, look for disability scholarships. There are also scholarships designed for single moms. Many other scholarships including some unusual scholarships, such as left-handed scholarships and last name scholarships are available.
To find these scholarships, you can ask your teachers, visit the financial aid offices of your school and college you plan to study in, surf the net, ask family and friends, and look in the newspapers. Make sure that you start early, so you don’t miss the deadlines of financial assistance scholarships that you may be able to win.