HOW I FINANCED MY EDUCATION: STUDENTS SPEAK OUT!
At this point most of you have heard of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and you are probably aware of the scholarships out there for students with high SAT scores; but did you know about the partial scholarships available for having a high GPA? Did you think about checking with your church or community organizations? Have you even considered wearing a duct tape dress to prom? Or searching on-line? If it still sounds a little confusing or too good to be true maybe you will listen to the advice of students who have been there. We spoke to students around the country about how they financed their education.
Katie Fleck is a mass communications major at San Francisco State University:
"My parents were not overly willing to help me finance my education, so that gave me great incentive to go out and find money. I was very fortunate as far as financing my education goes. I was lucky enough to receive 2 $1000 4-year scholarships ($8,000 total) from SCSU. I was also awarded several local scholarships when I graduated from high school and I qualified for federal and state grants."
Jessica Amundson a third year English education major at St. Cloud State University has been working her way through school.
"I have paid for my schooling by working summer jobs before and during school. I currently work a part-time job on-campus which helps pay the bills."
Frank Cortese is a sophomore majoring in broadcasting at San Francisco State University:
"I am on a full-ride scholarship from the University. I applied for the scholarship and then I had to write a two page paper on something that changed my life. My parents found out about the scholarship on-line when they were searching the state websites for ways to pay for school and then the school also sent me a letter asking if I wanted to apply."
Stephanie Gillie is a rising senior majoring in elementary education with a minor in psychology at Greensboro College in North Carolina:
"The biggest thing I have done is using the financial aid that is available so far such as grants, scholarships and loans and work-study. I have all three. I had to take advantage of the financial aid available due to some temporary financial issues with my family. I have several scholarships that I have received and then I had to take out some loans to come here as well."
"When you are accepted to Greensboro they send you a letter stating which merit scholarship you qualify to receive if you receive one at all and then you can pursue additional financial aid from there. The scholarship that I received was the Top Merit scholarship. It is for those students who may not have the SAT scores required for the Presidential scholarship but have high GPA's and academic qualifications. I have also applied for other scholarships that have come up along the way. The grant money that I receive comes from filling out the FAFSA so I have applied for that every year and I also have a work-study position while I am in school."
Genevieve Soriano is a freshman pursuing a BFA in graphic design at Barry University in Florida:
"I paid for school by taking out loans, doing work-study, working over the summer and I have had some assistance from my family."
Dan Foster is a senior and dual major in history and speech communications at Northern Arizona University:
"I financed my education in a few ways. First, I was in the military so I received support under the GI Bill. I also received financial aid and I paid myself. Generally it was a combination of all of the three that helped pay for school."
Rebecca Fenton is a sophomore majoring in hospitality management at San Francisco State University:
"I am on a scholarship right now. I applied for FAFSA and didn't get as much as I wanted. But then I applied for a scholarship through the school and was lucky enough to receive it. The scholarship is good for four years not including summer semester. "
Marcy Pickett is a sophomore social work major at Northern Arizona University:
"My freshman year I was covered by scholarships. Because of my GPA I get a new century scholarship where NAU pays 10 percent of my tuition per year for the next four years and I also had a loan through FAFSA. My sophomore year I paid for myself with a monthly fee to the tuition management system and