How are You Paying for College?

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Scholarships? Grants? Savings?

Paying for college is a daunting task and one that is easily procrastinated. It happens every year that we have students that truly want to go to school, but have not figured out HOW they are going to make it happen.

Scholarships are a great way to pay for school, but they take work. Often times, this is the biggest hurdle students run into is finding the time. Writing essays, listing leadership, community service, this all takes a lot of time. But, it can truly pay off. Watch those deadlines and rather than waiting till the last minute, work on it a bit every week until its done. I have watched many kids take the time to do this and little by little, they were able to help pay for school.

FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)  is another big one that many people think they simply do not qualify for. Many don’t qualify for grants, but this also how you can qualify for workstudy (a job on campus) or student loans through the government. No one really wants to go into debt for school, but what better investment than yourself? If you have not completed your FAFSA, do it today!

Get a job, use your my529 plan, join the military. These are all ways you can pay for college as well.

No matter how you decide to pay for college, don’t put it off! Don’t wait until April to decide that you need to apply for scholarships or apply for FAFSA. By that point, most scholarships have been awarded and many financial aid deadlines have passed at the colleges and universities. Even if college is not for you, remember that the Utah technical colleges accept FAFSA. Get a certificate, a two year degree, a four year degree or more, just do something.

Need help? Mrs. Dangerfield or your counselor in the counseling office wants to help you get where you want to go. Don’t wait!

US News article on overlooked ways to pay for college.

Scholarship and ACT Deadlines Coming UP

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The Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship deadline is September 30th.  The award is $1,000 and the requirements to apply are:

-You are a U.S. Citizen
-A high school student (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior)
-Write a 140 character statement on texting and driving

The Make Your Mark bookmark contest sponsored by My529 (educational savings plan) is due on October 1st.  The award is $1,000 and the requirements are:

-Must create a bookmark
-Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible

If you are interested in re-taking the ACT on October 28th, the registration deadline is Friday the 28th of September.  If you register after that date, there will be a late fee on top of the registration fee. You will need to register on the website.  *Seniors, this is the last opportunity you will have to take the ACT before the December college application deadlines.*

The RMACAC College Fair is being held tomorrow the 25th of September at the U of U from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  This is a great one to go to since there will be in state and out of state colleges attending the event. 130 colleges from across the country are registered to attend.

And last but not least, USU will be visiting Tooele High during both lunches on Wednesday.  If USU is possible on your radar, stay at school for lunch and meet with their advisors.  They usually bring fun swag with them too!