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Options for Online Scholarships and Disability Scholarships

  • Published: 2010-08-01 (Revised/Updated 2014-09-02) : Author: Natasha Bright
  • Synopsis: Today there are many options and opportunities available for online scholarships including disability scholarships for the disabled.

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"If you work or if your parents work, there may be scholarships, grants or other types of financial aid available through their workplaces."

Today there are many options and opportunities available for online scholarships including disability scholarships for the disabled.

You've made the big decision to go to college, but now you have to figure out a way to pay for it. Even if you and your parents have been saving and putting money away for years, it still might not be enough to cover all of your expenses. When you think about the thousands of dollars you might need, it can seem overwhelming. You may need some kind of financial aid.

Going online and typing in "scholarship" isn't the answer to the realization that you need help paying for school. There are so many different packages available that finding the one that works for you and your family can be a challenge. Even with the knowledge that most applicants can qualify for financial aid, trying to match the right program to your needs can be confusing. Using the following five tips might help you figure it out.

The number one thing you should do is to think about the activities you love to do. What are your favorite hobbies, or what things have interested you from a young age? Are there activities you have participated in for many years that you can document? If so, searching for grants or scholarships that are connected to your activities may be the best start to creating a financial aid package that is tailored to your interests.

If you've already chosen the college or university you are going to attend, start by looking there. All colleges and universities have some sort of Alumni Association. They may offer a grant or scholarship to incoming students because it's a great way to build loyalty and to keep the association growing. There are also a large number of disability scholarships for those with disabilities.

If you work or if your parents work, there may be scholarships, grants or other types of financial aid available through their workplaces. Many small and large corporations fund scholarships for the children of their employees. Your neighbors are also a great resource. If they've known you and your family for many years, it's likely that they'll want to help you find financial aid for college through organizations that they may be involved in, like charities or neighborhood outreach groups who offer help to students who need it.

Don't forget that you are part of a community that has government entities that may offer financial aid to the people who live and work there. There are many community groups that offer scholarships to students who have volunteered or helped out in some other way. Does that apply to you? If you are a veteran or if one of your family members served on active duty in the military for a certain period of time after 9/11, the GI Bill might offer benefits for which you are eligible.

Finally, be sure to consider your own level of uniqueness that may have a benefit. For example, scholarship opportunities are available based on a person's own life characteristics, such as ethnicity, cultural background, disability, financial need, or some other consideration. Examine all aspects of your life that may apply to receiving financial aid. You may be surprised at how many opportunities for which you may be eligible.

You can even attend a course at an online college for free to see if distance learning works for you. Taking a look inside and bringing out the details of your life that make you unique is the best way to find grants or scholarships online that are just right for YOU.

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