Over the past 30 years, the cost of college has increased by 1,120 percent, according to Huffington Post. You’d need a college degree just to understand what that figure means! This is bigger than the increase in cost of food and even double the increase in the cost of medical expenses. All of this while incomes continues at a flat or even decreasing level. [Read more…]
Tired of the usual academic scholarships which require hitting the books or writing endless essays? Take some time to check out this list of some of the most unusual scholarships that can be found. Maybe you have an exceptional talent, or maybe you were just born with a less common trait such as an unusual height or a strange name. Whatever the reason, if it could earn you some money for college then it’s worth taking a look at this list that could pay for part or all of your higher education! [Read more…]
When I see the cost of college rising, I find myself wondering how I am going to be able to help pay for my own kids to go to college when I have just barely paid off my own student loan debt! Many people wonder how they are supposed to save in order to help their kids to go to college when they are still reeling from paying for their own. While our culture expects us to all have college degrees in order to be successful in the future, some people believe that there is very little help in the way of paying for those degrees except to go into debt until we are swimming and drowning in what we owe. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.
As my kid gets closer to heading to college, I’ve been thinking more and more about how to pay for it. My kid isn’t a trust fund child, we are an average middle class family, he’s not a stellar athlete, and he’s not an academic genius. So what can we do to make sure he gets through college without accumulating a large amount of debt? After doing some research, I’ve been encouraged by the scholarship possibilities that are out there and I wonder how possible it would be to send my kid to college without having to pay for any of it! In other words, I’m figuring out how to go to college for free – and I want to share with you a few things that I’ve learned.
Even if you aren’t a trust fund child or your parents aren’t extremely wealthy, you still might be able to leave college without a giant pile of student debt. Did you know that you don’t even have to be a genius in order to qualify for a great many no essay college scholarships that are out there? Tons of the scholarship contests don’t even have certain income requirements, and many of them do not require that an essay be written in order to qualify. [Read more…]
With tuition costs soaring and incomes decreasing, paying for college or university has become increasingly more difficult as time goes by. It is more and more necessary for students to be creative in the way they look for ways to cover the rising price of education. Securing grants and college scholarships is one excellent way to do this. In an effort to make this easier, here are some no essay scholarships for 2014. [Read more…]
Many people don’t bother to consider using scholarships to pay for their college. They might assume that they won’t qualify because of grades and academics, or they might be intimidated by the requirements for the scholarship application, such as writing an essay.
While those types of scholarships do exist, it is important to remember that not all college scholarships are set up that way. Some are set up as easy scholarships to get no matter what. There are many companies, schools, and other organizations out there who want to give away college money and they often really do not care who they give it to! In that case, why shouldn’t it be you?
Consider some of the following resources in order to find the college money you need, which could be a great deal easier to obtain than you might have expected. [Read more…]
Is it possible to send three kids to college for free, simultaneously, using only scholarships and grants? I found an interesting case study on this topic in the form of a blog. Evelyne (the mom) created a site called Three for Free, and on it she chronicles her quest to send her three daughters to college and pay for it completely with financial aid other than student loans. The article that I stumbled upon at her site was one about easy no essay scholarships. I found it while doing some more research for this site. I was intrigued at the way her article started out and I was already preparing myself for a rebuttal in her comments section. Here is a portion of the opening paragraph from the original article…
Should You Apply for the “Easy No Essay” Scholarships?
I was going to write about bogus scholarships today. By that, I meant the scholarships that seem super-easy to apply for, the scholarship drawings, the register for a chance to win scholarships, the tell-your-friends-not-to-text-and-drive scholarships. In other words, the too good to be true scholarships. If you’ve searched one or two scholarship search websites, you know what I mean. The descriptions that make you pull back and say, “This must be fake!”
But then I kept reading (I like her writing style, by the way) and found that she actually did have some very nice things to say about the types of scholarships that I highlight and promote on this website – the “easy” no essay scholarships. Here are a few more excerpts from Evelyne’s original article…
So when I thought about this topic, I began to research these types of scholarships, expecting to find lots of negative comments and warnings to avoid them. Guess what? I didn’t. They are real and so are the students who win the awards. Yes, some ask that you refer friends as part of the process, but you can choose to ignore them. Like all businesses, the scholarship sites rely on more and more students visiting their website and applying for their listed scholarships. It’s how they draw advertisers and continue to grow. You can opt out of providing that information by simply ignoring those scholarships.
It’s a fact that the $500 and $1,000 scholarships can add up to a lot of money if you are selected. And the relatively little time it takes to complete the applications is worth it if you win them. The down side is not that they’re fake (they’re not) but that their ease of application means that you are competing against a very large pool of other students. It’s real, but the odds are not in your favor. Going after only the small, quick scholarships is not good strategy because you are not focusing your efforts on the scholarships whose odds are in your favor, even though they require more work. Still, the little easy scholarships are everywhere and there’s a place for them too. After all, somebody has to win, why not you?
This was only a portion of the original article,
Should You Apply for the “Easy No Essay” Scholarships?, which was posted by Evelyne on her Three for Free College website. Feel free to click on the link if you wish to read the rest of the article and learn more about her story. It will be interesting to follow along on their journey. (Update: original post no longer available online – website disappeared – sorry)
Easy No Essay Scholarships – Legit!
So there you have it. From one mother who has researched the topic extensively from a somewhat pessimistic point of view – these “too good to be true,” easy, no essay scholarships actually are legit. Just like the old saying goes, pertaining to the lottery – you can’t win if you don’t play. Same goes for these types of scholarships. You won’t be awarded any of the money if you don’t apply! But rest assured, your chances of “winning” one of these types of scholarships is much greater than your chances of winning the lottery. So, do your research. Explore this website. Find the easy no essay scholarships that are most relevant to you and apply today! Apply for as many as you possibly can. Make it a goal to get your college funded 100% and graduate with no school loans – just like Evelyne is trying to do for her daughters.
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