Attending college can be one of the most expensive things that you ever do (next to buying a house). Most colleges (even online colleges) cost around $20,000 per year of attendance which will usually rack up to around $80,000 in fees.
If you are like most of us, you need scholarships for college just to afford attending. Fortunately, scholarships aren’t usually very hard to earn. Most of them just require that you have applied to legitimate and accredited colleges and intend to study.
College Scholarships by Major
Did you know that you can earn scholarship money based on what you are studying? Scholarships by major include nursing scholarships, medical scholarships, teaching scholarships and more. This type of scholarship is usually given to someone who is studying a minority or needed major. For example, there is a high need for nurses and teachers in the United States and therefore there are a lot of scholarships that you can earn for learning in these fields. If you aren’t sure if your major qualifies for a scholarship, try searching it online. A scholarship by Major can cover anywhere from a few thousand dollars to full tuition.
Merit scholarships are any scholarship awarded based on your educational merit. If you don’t have good grades and a GPA of 3.0 or higher than you don’t even want to consider applying for these. Merit or Academic Scholarships can usually be awarded at any time throughout your college attendance. However; they can also be taken away should your grades drop too low.
Sports scholarships are possibly the most famous type of scholarship in existence thanks to movies and media. If you excel in sports you can most likely get a scholarship that will allow you to study while you play sports. These do generally come with the restrictions that you must maintain both your grade average and your playing average in order to continue to receive the scholarship.
Most states give out scholarships based on nothing more than the fact that you are a citizen of the state and studying within that state. For example, if you are a citizen of Colorado and wish to study at Colorado State University, you can earn as much as several thousand in scholarship money towards attending college.
There are several Federal scholarships that require nothing more than for you to be needy, attending college and that you maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher. For example, the popular Pell Grant offers students up to $5,600 per year with almost no requirements.
Minority Scholarships are intended to help minority students to attend college. This type of scholarship includes those for women, racial minorities, tall people, short people and even left handed people. If you feel you fit into a minority than you might want to consider applying for a scholarship.