Will I be eligible for merit-based financial aid?
Merit-based financial aid is offered through colleges and universities,
or through private organizations. It is based on a talent you have, such as
grades or test scores, musical or athletic ability, or leadership skills.
colleges and universities have their own institutional scholarship programs.
Check with the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend for more
information. Your high school counselor and other people you know may help
you with the application process. An essay is often required as part of the
application; be sure to write the essay yourself.
There are other scholarships
available through private organizations, such as businesses and service clubs.
You can ask your school counselor for assistance. You can also research scholarships
at the library, or on the web. Several reputable websites offer scholarship
searches. If you find one that charges a fee, or if you're solicited by telephone,
mail, or email, be careful. You can almost always find everything you need
for free. If you have additional questions regarding the different types of
merit-based financial aid, contact your State's student aid information center.
great resource is the Find
Scholarships feature. You can use the My Scholarship Profile there to
build a profile then search for matching scholarships. You can also find
scholarships using a keyword, browse scholarships in the database, and more.