How to get scholarship in USA

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    1. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Do this in January, if possible, because financial aid is generally awarded to those who submit their applications early each year. Check eligibility on the FAFSA website.

    2. Apply for private scholarships. According to the Institute for Higher Education Policy, up to $100 million of private scholarship funding goes unclaimed every year, so there's every reason to spend time researching potential sources. This money comes from providers unconnected to colleges, universities or other educational institutions. Donors may be community foundations, service organizations such as the American Legion, research centers or local organizations that want to support their own community educational resources.

    3. Consult Finaid. This public service website offers free financial advice and guidance on a number of student-related matters. Do a fast personal search of scholarship possibilities that fit your circumstances through the FastWeb Scholarship Search tool. You can even register your email address with Finaid and receive notices of new scholarship opportunities as they arise.

    4. Apply for a Gates Foundation scholarship. Bill and Melinda Gates set up their foundation to specifically help low income students achieve their college dreams. According to them, an estimated 4.5 million students will be prevented from going to college between 2006 and 2016 because of high costs and only one in 10 low-income students can expect to graduate.

    The Gates Foundation has pledged to help 27,000 financially disadvantaged students get to college by 2016 and is deliberately targeting lower performing schools in lower income areas of America.

    5. Find small local scholarship opportunities. These won't be listed on sponsorship search websites, but you may find details in local public libraries, on school bulletin boards, and in the student finance offices of schools and colleges in your immediate area. These may come from companies keen to keep talent in the community or even from philanthropic individuals and organizations. 

     6. Apply directly to individual schools, colleges and universities. Many educational institutions offer full tuition scholarships and these are usually merit-based, academic and controlled by the college in question. They cover the full tuition costs and all fees. These are ideal for students with an outstanding academic record in a specialist subject.


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