Paying for College

National Scholarship Month

There seems to be a week or month for just about any occasion these days. According to finaid.org, "The month of November is devoted to raising awareness of the need for scholarship support for post-secondary education. Scholarships help students realize their dreams. (National Scholarship Month was previously celebrated in the month of May from 1998 to 2007. It was switched from May to November in 2008 to coincide with the start of the main scholarship application season.)" Interesting.

Have you been searching for and applying for scholarships? I'm always amused by the statements you see on the Web and arriving in the mail sometimes that proclaim, "BILLIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS AVAILABLE!" Really? To get a reality check on just what the wonderful world of scholarships is like, check out some of the comments on the College Confidential discussion forum. The truly worthwhile scholarships out there, the ones that award at least five figures, are so insanely competitive that it's almost like playing the lottery. Aspiring college students should look for the less-high-profile offerings to try to gain a competitive advantage in the money sweepstakes.

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