Not Enough Aid? What to do Next | 04.05.11

Posted in Financial Aid, Private Student Loans, Scholarships By Student Loan Network Staff

So you’ve gotten your financial aid award package from your schools but you didn’t get as much federal aid as you had hoped. Now what? Well, there are some other financial options for you to consider.

Scholarships

Scholarships can be a great way to fill the gap between the aid you received and the aid you need. ScholarshipPoints.com gives away monthly $1,000 scholarships, and the best part is, it’s open to all students enrolled in college! There are none of the restrictions that most other scholarships have, if you participate, you can win! The program is pretty simple too- you earn points by completing surveys, or reading blogs, then you can enter these points into our monthly drawings! Easy as pie. PLUS, there are quarterly $10,000 drawings, so there’s really no reason no to join.

If you’re looking for even more outside scholarships, check out StudentScholarshipSearch.com. More scholarships are added everyday and students can search for scholarships that are applicable to them. Check out the new scholarships section for recent postings of scholarships currently accepting applications.

Private Loans

If after exhausting these resources you still find that you have come up short, this is when you should consider taking out a private student loan. Not all private loans are made equal, so shop around and compare loan lenders to see what options are best for you. You should look into things like interest rates, cosigner qualifications, and repayment options to see what best meets your needs.

Appealing for More

Wile not everyone qualifies for a student aid appeal, in some cases, students can request more aid from a school for a variety of reasons. Maybe the FAFSA doesn’t accurately represent your financial situation or it doesn’t take something into account. Visit the webpage of your school’s financial aid office or speak to a financial aid officer at your school for more information on how to appeal for more aid. Quick tip: you can search for your school on HowToGetIn.com to find any relevant phone numbers!

Hopefully, these resources will be helpful to you as you search for ways to fund your education!


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5 Responses to “Not Enough Aid? What to do Next”

  1. Robert says on May 16, 2011 at 6:25 am:

    Just like to say i have visited StudentScholarshipsSearch.com they have different scholarships you can apply for I have applied to some and still looking for others again thank for sharing information.

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  2. Joseph says on May 16, 2011 at 6:21 am:

    thank you for the sharing it has given me alot to think about.

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  3. Alaura says on April 13, 2011 at 9:42 am:

    Your site is great and i’m so happy i found it! I’ve been searching a lot for different scholarship opportunities and found this one and thought maybe other people would be interested as well! On April 26th, StudentAdvisor is giving away $1000 scholarships every hour for 24 hours to people who fill out a review about the college they attend or attended. They will be choosing from reviews that are submitted April 1st-26th. I know $1,000 isn’t a lot of money but if people out there are like me, anything will help!

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  4. Melissa says on April 8, 2011 at 7:58 am:

    Thank you, this was very helpful. I’ve been looking for somewhere different to apply for scholarships :) Somehow, this one escaped my search

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