I don't know many people who can pay for college right out of their pocket. A 4 year degree costs well over $100,000 so it's pretty much a given that scholarships are necessary if not vital for families sending a student off to college.
There are thousands of scholarships available in various amounts, the difficult part is searching and finding them. For instance, did you know there's a $25,000 scholarship from Taco Bell?
I didn't either until I downloaded the app Scholly. Developed by a former high school student who found over $1-million in scholarship money, this mobile app has recently been updated to work with an online website.
Here's how it works:
Sign up for a free account and the student will be asked a litany of questions about their high school career. It needs to know your GPA, race, gender and location. It also asks where you want to go to school, your major and any activities and community service.
It might feel a little creepy to answer some of the other questions which are very personal. You have the option to check off items of family history such as, have you been affected by cancer, do you come from an LBGT family, has your mother had breast cancer, your religion, and whether you're a vegetarian. These questions and options aren't required but the more information you provide the better your chance of finding scholarships you qualify for application.
There are scholarships available ONLY to people in those categories.
Once you've answered as many questions as you want, the app and website searches a vast database to locate available scholarships. Each result shows the deadline and requirements and offers a link to the application process.
There are many scholarships still available for the fall semester that will pay for an entire year's tuition and many more that award amounts from $500-$2,500 which is more than enough to pay for a year's worth of textbooks.
The Scholly app and an account are free but if it's used it could be worth thousands of dollars to families. The scholarships aren't limited to this year's graduating high school seniors, many scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in college.
I was amazed at how many scholarships are still unclaimed for the 2017-2018 school year.
Scholly is well worth the investment of time.