When you have mouths to feed, bills to pay and, cap it all, the world is going through an unprecedented economic crisis that makes you economically unstable, you are in serious troubles, especially if you want your children to go to college. Which are your real options?
There used to be different ways to pay for your children tuitions some years ago. Generally, you had a steady job that allowed you to save money for years to guarantee the college of your son or daughter. There were many types of loans and paternalism from the government. However, today things are quite different. Less and less people have those benefits. The majority has to face the crude reality of the crisis. Parents cannot afford children education and they need to find some way to solve the problem. Most of the time, the only solution is a part time job for students. This way, they can contribute to pay their colleges. However, usually, that is not a viable solution either because of the level of unemployment.
This situation just claims for one option. Student grants seem to be the only ray of hope for thousands of families. However, governments have cut budgets because of the economic crisis and this measure has affected millions of people. Today, awards are really hard to get, especially those that cover entire courses. Nevertheless, there are some elements that you need to take into account if you want to take advantage of this method.
Getting financial supports to study implies a strict selecting process where the competition is fierce. But once you get the grant, you don’t need to worry about giving the money back. That is one of the benefits of these awards in contrast to loans that have to be given back. The bad news is that most of the time people don’t receive fully fund. So, what can you do? Choosing a community college is a clever decision. Since these colleges are cheaper than others, funds might cover all the tuitions and fees.
Now, getting into the selecting process, there are some elements to be considered, for example, the student’s performance. It is absurd to think that institutions will be interesting in financing the education of a poor performance student. So, if you don’t have great marks you shouldn’t apply for those aids. On the other hand, the personal situation of the student is also relevant. Those students who are independent have priority over students who still depend on their parents. So, you can start to check your chances.
Finally, you should consider another element. Fourth or fifth-year students always receive more aids than first-year students. Obviously, the commission responsible for the selecting process takes into account that a high number of first-year students never finish their studies. So, fourth and fifth-year students have priority over them. This way, even though you don’t receive subvention to start the college, you have chances to obtain it when you show you are very able to finish your studies. You should never give up hopes and good luck with your projects!
Rafael W. Davis is a member of a committee responsible for selecting the more promoting students to obtain student grants. Also, he is a part time graphic designer who works from home. He searched the internet to learn how to get government grants.