Will I be eligible for merit-based financial aid?
Merit-based financial aid, is offered through colleges and
universities, or through private organizations, typically as
scholarships. Scholarships are based on a talent you have, such as
grades or test scores, musical or athletic ability or leadership
Many 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 high school guidance 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 the college to which you may apply.