The cost of college can be a barrier for many families. Applying for scholarships is a great way to lower college costs . There are a variety of scholarships available to Quad Cities families.
You want to make sure you also ask the colleges you're considering attending about what types of scholarships they offer and how to apply.
Often times students don't apply for scholarships for fear that they are only awarded to students who have excelled at the top of their class or involved in extracurriculars and/or sports.
This is not true. However, students must be willing to put in time, effort and work when applying for scholarships. Most scholarships become available in the Fall through early Spring so make sure you keep a record of those deadlines as they don't change from year to year. This will make it easy to start the process again during your Freshman year of college.
Let's review the kinds of scholarships available. Please note, many scholarships may require your family to complete the FAFSA.
In the Quad Cities there are a variety of scholarships available for minority and first-generation students.
Many local colleges may match your scholarship. Make sure you ask these questions!
Local community organizations
Financial institutions/banks/credit unions
High school counseling offices