Where can I get college funding assistance?I am starting school on August 20th and am looking for some good scholarships for Education majors. I've just about exhausted all the good scholarship...

Where can I get college funding assistance?

I am starting school on August 20th and am looking for some good scholarships for Education majors. I've just about exhausted all the good scholarship websites in an effort to try to get help for my college expenses. Do you know of some additional good places to get funding assistance?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you have truly exhausted the basic Internet search for various college scholarships, you have likely found many that are very large and have huge application pools, as well as those that are smaller, more specific, and possibly easier to win.

Because you are starting school in a month, time is not necessarily on your side for this semester, but do not let that stop you.  The next place you should look is at your school or university.  Many colleges offer scholarships for specific majors, interests, and affiliations for current students (meaning freshman are not eligible).  For example, Baylor University (my alma mater) offered a small but helpful scholarship for students interested in ministry.  There were specific church affiliation requirements, and all scholarship recipients had to have a ministry internship and take a ministry class, but that was it.  This scholarship did not turn anyone down and I received it as an education major.  You can find out about these kinds of scholarships through other students, the financial aid office, your professors, and your guidance counselor.

Other financial assistance comes in the form of work-study.  Very often work-study jobs are not need-based, but talent and merit based.  Again, professors and guidance counselors can help you with this.  Aside from becoming a professor's assistant or tutor, other avenues to check out are the student activities or student services office, residence life, and/or the fitness facilities at your college.

Finally, you should start looking for governmental loan forgiveness programs or private corporate programs which offer financial assistance to students who will eventually work (perhaps summer internships or post-collegiate internships) for them.  My state of North Carolina has a "teaching fellows" program which provides financial aid for education majors who must attend a NC university, then work for a public school in North Carolina for four years after graduating.  Additionally, many private schools offer funding for furthering education for their staff.  If you had a personal connection to a principal of a school in which you could eventually work, it never hurts to ask for advance assistance or loan forgiveness upon acceptance of a job.

Good luck in your persuit of assistance and in your higher education journey.  College is almost a "necessary luxury" these days, but one you will certainly not regret.