In high school, we never really understand just how much college will cost us. It seems to be the biggest stress each semester. Luckily, there are so many sources that have multiple scholarships.
Student Support Services offers scholarships that are available for JUST our members. These scholarships range from $500 all the way up to $2,000. Your chances of receiving a scholarship with SSS are higher, due to the fact that we only serve 180 students – fewer students to compete with as compared to Northwest’s general scholarships. All of the SSS scholarships are awarded in the Fall and are NOT automatically renewed. More information as well as applications can be found on our SSS website at: www.nwmissouri.edu/services/sss. Deadlines will be in the Spring, so be looking for email reminders!!
Another financial resource to take advantage of is the SSS Grant Aid program- Grant Aid is federal funds that were given to our program to be disbursed to students who qualify. In order to receive Grant Aid, you must meet the following requirements:
1. Be a first or second year student (your Freshman or Sophomore year)
2. Be Pell eligible (according to your FAFSA)
3. Have unmet financial need
Grant Aid does not need to be repaid (Grants never do), so this is a HUGE opportunity to take advantage of! Grant Aid is automatically renewed as long as you meet GPA and participation requirements. The amount may vary from year to year, but it is definitely worth looking in to!! Grant Aid is awarded each semester and if you meet the qualifications listed above, download the application from our website at: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/sss/pdf/applications/GrantAid.pdf
Fastweb is a scholarship oriented website. It allows you to view scholarships ranging from major oriented to trait oriented. It is an easy site to maneuver around. All you have to do is come up with a user name and a password and answer a few questions regarding yourself. The questions allow the website to personalize some scholarships they will attach to your “suggested list.” Here is the link to Fastweb! http://www.fastweb.com/
Of course there are other site that have this all you have to do is type the word “scholarships” in the search engine of Google or Yahoo. Here is a list of just a few I came across,
Northwest also offers many scholarships. If you go to the second floor of the Administration Building they have a billboard FULL of scholarships and a list of due dates. There is also a list on the Northwest homepage ( http://www.nwmissouri.edu/finaid/scholarships/index.htm ).
These are just a few places where you can look for financial aid. Of course, there are more resources out there that are willing to help you.
Good luck and remember it may be time consuming now but you will enjoy not having to pay back all the money you had to take out in loans because you didn’t fill out all the scholarships you could have. If you need help with financial literacy or scholarship applications, please contact Brenda in the SSS office at 660-562-1259.
Now you have a jump start for next semester!!