There’s a lot of scholarship advice out there and knowing the truth from the myth can helpful when selecting your scholarships and completing your applications. The top scholarship myths we’ve encountered seemed like a great place to start and share, here they are.
1. All scholarships require essays before entering – Free scholarships and scholarship awards do not always require an essay to be submitted for entry. Make sure that you review your options for these scholarships in addition to traditional scholarships as they can offer a quick and easy route to increasing your application numbers.
2. Only school sponsored scholarships are creditable – There are plenty of businesses, corporate, athletic and charitable scholarships out there that are just as creditable. Always check for past winners and feedback from others on the scholarship you are applying for.
3. Fees are sometimes required before applying to some scholarships – Fees to apply for scholarships usually mean it’s a scholarship scam, not a real scholarship. If a fee is required you should research the scholarship further and reconsider applying for it.
4. You don’t need to fill out a FAFSA application to apply for scholarships – Half myth, you don’t need a FAFSA for every scholarship, but not having completed the FAFSA application will reduce the amount of eligible scholarships you can apply to and also stop you from obtaining any federal student aid – bottom line, complete your FAFSA.
5. Lower value scholarships aren’t worth applying for – Would you stop just to pick up a hundred dollar bill? Of course! A scholarship worth even $100 is $100 towards textbooks and your education. Just be careful that a lower value scholarship doesn’t take too much time to apply for.
6. Available scholarships are hard to find – Although there is a lot of results when you search for scholarships, it’s not hard to find valuable, available ones. Start in your state and search just there first, then broaden your search to your area of study and go further from there. You will start to see the results pile up!
7. High school students are too young to apply for college scholarships – There are scholarships just for high school students, you are never to young to start applying for your post secondary education.
8. Community colleges don’t provide scholarships – Almost all post secondary education facilities offer their own scholarships or type of scholarships. When you have a list of schools that you are considering, including community colleges, always check to see which of those offer scholarships so that you can prepare your applications.
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