Holidays & Special Occasions Graduation Paying for College B101 Challenge: College Cash!

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  • #339473

    Liss
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    https://www.budget101.com/attachments/pantry-chat/7535d1376572639-b101-challenge-what-top-5-things-must-have-your-pantry-b101challenge.gif Welcome to our Budget101 Challenge Question!

    With so many kids graduating High school during very poor economic times, many are actively seeking out ways to pay for College. Unfortunately many Local scholarship offers go unfulfilled because people don’t know they even exist.

    The Challenge is
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    share a scholarship, grant or other method (besides loans or parents/family!) that a graduate could use to help pay for college.

    Wondering How to Play?

    Simply Share a Scholarship that you’re aware of
    ~ Click on this link to Enter Now ~

    What is the Goodie Giveaway for this Challenge?

    We’re giving away a Dorm Goodie Box of Supplies containing 25 unique items that a College student would Adore! (Alternatively, the winner can select a $50 Amazon Gift Card).

    This Challenge is an Unlimited Entry Per Person/Family.
    Please do not submit “scholarship sites”, they will be deleted.

    Learn More about Budget101 Challenges Here!

    good luck!
  • #451855

    I had saved thousands of pull tabs and made bracelets to sell. All the profits were put into the “college jar”. It adds up to two semesters of dorm housing!

  • #451856

    This site has helpful and often Blunt advice for upcoming college students as well as students already enrolled. Also, there are links to many many scholarships there. I love this resource!

    Scholarships for High Schoolers

  • #451861

    There is a book called Peterson’s Scholarship book that has scholarships for all types of things. There are art scholarships, academic scholarships, sports scholarships, community service scholarships, etc. Another option, if you’re good at writing, is to enter into essay contest that have a partial scholarship as a reward.

    Usually your school or community centers will do a few of these a year. Finally, you could get a job on campus. If you already have a major in mind, you can usually get a job related to that major so that you will be learning and earning money at the same time.

  • #451877

    I started having a baked potatoe bar night, and a soup and salad night for dinner every week. We have put the cash saved into an account for college expenses only. It has helped our saving, our budget and our diets.

    I love all the great ideas on here!

  • #451879

    Selling eggs! If you can have chickens in your area, raising chickens is both educational and profitable. You do have to build the henhouse, learn all about chickens and animal waste and health factors, and you have to care for them daily.

    But then the hens will start providing you with a steady income for your college fund jar!

    Taking ap classes in high school, if you are up for the challenge, qualifies you to take the ap exam at the end of the school year. if you score well enough, you don’t have to take that class in college! saves time and money, and you will have more free time for studies and part-time work during your expensive, busy first year of school!

    great help for anybody who wants to double-major, or even have a major and a minor, or if you’re doing more time-consuming things like music or teaching.

    take 2 years of classes at a local community college or junior college, to earn an “Associates Degree”…then transfer those 2 years of credits into a university, and enter as a Junior.

    Scour the internet for scholarship opportunities. Apply for anything you may even remotesly think you could earn!

    Take sat prep classes, to increase your sat scores…this may earn academic scholarship money at the college of your choice.

    study for and take the psat exam in the 11th grade, to try to qualify for academic scholarships from high scores. It’s been shown that students who take the psat exam in their junior year will score higher when they take the sat later on. the study prep time and the test-taking experience pays off in higher scores.

    do volunteer work and document your service. this may help you earn scholarship money, and open doors to internships and employment.

    take a really good english language and composition class in high school! or take a regular writing class followed by an ap english class, if possible. academic writing skills will enhance your ability to write good essays for scholarship applications.

    and what you learn in that class will help you with logic, vocabulary, and essay-writing skills that will then better prepare you to do well with standardized testing in psats or sats.

    check into the clep program. this can save you thousands of dollars! study, then take the clep test to “test out” of as many classes as you can!

    it’s still expensive, but it’s cheaper than course tuition and will help you get through quicker.

    develop a skill that is marketable, then fit it into your high school routine, to save for school. babysitting, dog care (grooming and walking), house-sitting, car-washing and detailing (that pays well), house-cleaning (maid service), lawn and garden care, tutoring younger students, assisting in classes like gymnastics for younger students, clowning for birthday parties, jewelry-making, painting and re-selling repurposed furniture, original art, photography…etc.

  • #451883

    Scour the internet for scholarship opportunities. Apply for anything you may even remotesly think you could earn!

  • #451872

    My oldest daughter is a Resident Advisor (ra) in her dorm. for being an ra, she gets her dorm room free. it may not seem like much but every little bit helps.

  • #451869

    Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program

    Nominate a student for kohl’s volunteer scholarship.

  • #451882

    FASFA is Government Aid that I applied for, if you’re parents or you make under a certain amount of money, they will pay up to $5,000 which definitely is worth trying to apply for.
    Also, tip is something that medical insurance pays for, it pays for up to two years of tuition, plus some, but only if you get medicaid for more than 36 months. It also pays for books & other things!

  • #451962

    Apply for federal grants!

  • #451973

    There are many scholarships that go unused simply because no one applies. This site is a great resource and has scholarships for just about anything. I became a member in 2004.

    Lots of information and easy to navigate.
    Fastweb : Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges

  • #451978

    I would sell on Ebay, many items are needed. Start with 50 dollars. Sell items in your home, or hit yard sales.

    With all the snow. I have been clearing sidewalks for people. Only 5$ its cheap for them to afford

  • #451975

    In preparation for scholarship applications, start EARLY. Community service is a biggie on scholarship apps. Start your freshmen year, documenting any community service activities.

    Indicate the amount of time engaged in the service, as well as dates. It would be great to get a signature confirming the service in the event any scholarship apps required that type of documentation. Keep a running log of community service hours, honors and awards, clubs, extra curricular activities, and so.

    Log the high school year you were involved, such as 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade. Then when it is time to fill out those scholarship forms, it’s more of a breeze!

  • #452030

    Preparing for college can be expensive. In order to save money for actual entry into college, start now by buying the little things that your college student will need, then you won’t have to spend an enormous amount on these things at the time of entry. Start early buying little things such as: totes, school supplies, computer, printer, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, command strips, toiletry items (that won’t expire by entry), storage bins, extension cord, paper plates, garbage bags, iron, small ironing board, cleaning supplies, bedding, alarm clock and the list goes on.

    Depending upon what you already have on hand and what you will need to buy, this could easily add up to $1000 or more. So start early buying these things, and then when school starts you may have that $1000 to give your college student for books.

  • #452241

    FFA – your child can get a interest free loan for their animal or even full sponsorship. Small farm animals you can profit a few hundred, a cow maybe a couple thousand.

  • #452605

    The Disney College program gives you a job, housing, and transportation. You can also take classes through Disney University at a cheaper price (pay only books/couse materials-not tuition) and may even be transfered back to your college (you have to at least take 1 semester in a college before you can apply) Disney College Program Home | Jobs and Careers
    Also groups like AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Services Corps, military, and ROTC programs offer college money in exchange for a service commitment.

  • #452693

    Where did my entries go? Ive entered a dozen actual scholarship sites.

  • #452696

    FreebieQueen
    Moderator

    @msdebbie 458253 wrote:

    Where did my entries go? Ive entered a dozen actual scholarship sites.

    The Entries are in the Paying for college Scholarship forum, not here in the Challenge question thread.

    Paying for College

    (Thank you for your entries, btw, they are Awesome!)

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  • #452879

    Check with your local county extension office. Many counties have agriculture-related scholarships of varying amounts. These frequently require some affiliation with 4-H.

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Holidays & Special Occasions Graduation Paying for College B101 Challenge: College Cash!