I live in a small town, and I'm a senior this year in high school. I really want to go to college but my fam. isn't financially well off and no one at my school really is going out to college.
I was wondering who has gone through the process of getting in to a college, and if there is any advice for what I should do. Is it too late for me to start looking for schools and scholarships? I don't really know what to do.
Is there a community college near by? You could always make an appointment to speak to an adviser. They'll be able to help you with any questions, as well as point you in the direction of grants, loans, and other financial aid.
There is all kinds of help you can get on your own. You may have to get a job and go to school at the same time. You'll be tired, and you may not have time for friends and fun...but it will be worth it if seeking an education is important to you. Good luck!
if your family isnt well off you should qualify for financial aid are there any community colleges nearby. as a senior i would start by talking to your school counselor now is the perfect time to start looking.there are tons of grants and scholarships out there. im starting college in aug.and grants usually come with student loans in the package so if you can live cheap enough say roommate or dorms you can maybe work part time or not all and have more time for study. our community college has a work study program.anyhow good luck im 35 and wish i had done all this when i was your age so dont give up its all worth it.
start applying for aid now
I live w/my grandma and so .. . yeah i do not have alot of money.
I am 19 atm and still living with her. This is my second year attending a community college that is only 20 minutes away. That is really good that you are starting early! What i would do is go to the counselors office at your high school and ask for applications to any local or government scholarships that you qualify for. Also dont forget to fill out your FAFSA. It is a government application that determines if you are in need of assistance to attend college. Because of my family's situation, i got a full grant to go to school. YOU might be as lucky, you just have to try!
Community college is also your best bet because they know that people who go there usually have a part or full time job, so they will be more accomodating.
Like Bluefairy stated, most schools will have work-study, which is the college giving you a job that is guaranteed to work around YOUR hours.
If your financial aid doesnt cover all of your school expenses, you can take out subsidized (by the state) and unsubsidized (private banks and such) loans to help. Dont shy away from taking out loans if you need them, remember that school debt is the most rewarding debt that you can get. If you decide to take out a loan, remember that they WONT make you pay any of it at least 6 months after you finish college.
Wheww. that was long! haha
if you have anyother questions, feel free to message me!
I go to university in the UK and over here we apply for 'student finance' which is basically a loan that pays for the tuition fees or a loan for maintenance (to pay for living/accomodation/food and studying essentials/books etc.) and most people apply for both. It will get you into debt but the way I look at it is I'm so so sooo glad I got into university with all the possibilities at the end of it, and like Emoline said it's a rewarding debt. You can also say you would like to be assessed on the income and whether you have any parents supporting you. This gets assessed then they will tell you if you are eligable for a grant which is money that you don't pay back.
I'm not sure if it works the same way where you are but I'm sure it must be similar. If you really want to go to college then seriously look into this because it would be a shame if you missed out and I'm sure you'd regret it! Your school should have leaflets around if they aren't verbally letting you know about all this stuff. If they don't then don't hesitate in asking
Best of luck with everything x
Ok I know that the situation may be different wherever you are than from me in the UK, however people that come from deprived (as such) backgrounds are eligble for financial help from the Government.
If you really want to go to College don't let it put you off that most of your peers aren't, it's what will make you stand out.
Anyways the amount of financial help they give you isn't so affected by where you study in the country so it's personal preference. Most of my peers went to a University far away from where we live. I decided to go to a University that was fairly local to me, this was the best decision for me at the time however I do somewhat regret this decision. It would have been nice to have had the experience of moving out and moving away from everyone I knew. Me and my best friend ended up appying to the SAME Uni doing the EXACT SAME course, she origionally told me she was going to another Uni in the East Midlands. If I'd have known I would have changed, if I'd have known 100% sure that my sister was moving to Nottingham also I'd have gone to Uni up there.
I'm not trying to dissaude you from going to a local University, I'm just saying make sure that you are making the RIGHT decision for YOU. You don't nessisarily have to go to Uni straight away, if you don't feel ready yet maybe take a Gap Year out?
But you should definatly be able to claim financial support - I did!! Best of luck!!!!
Oh by the way but - again the system where you are might be different - it shouldn't be too late to apply for a Uni place and financial help, most people leave it till now. Look into it but most places cap off applications at the beginning of Sept? end of August??
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