**** Happy Educational Thursday!!!! ****
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA application has been open for over a month now, and most of the questions and concerns have now been addressed. Completing this form is the first step in securing financial assistance to reach your education goals. This form is used to determine federal aid and scholarship awards. Applying for scholarships can be an overwhelming process, but with a little organization and time, you can be successful.
The first step is to make a list of the scholarships you would like to apply for. (Make sure you note their deadlines!) A simple Google search can yield many opportunities. To help with your list, MSAN has compiled a list of scholarships and links to each site. This list can be found at https://www.milspouseadvocacynetwork.org/education.html. Many organizations have opened their applications with deadlines ending in January/February 2017.
The second step is to schedule time in your day to work on your applications. Create a plan that works best for you and your family. If serious about going to school, it is important to make this a priority. There are stories of students that finance their education primarily through scholarships and grants. Here is an interesting article about the different types of scholarships and the cost of higher education that might be beneficial. – https://www.debt.org/students/scholarships-and-grants/
The third step is to simply send them out. You can never be awarded a scholarship if you do not apply.
Searching for scholarships can be like searching for your next house during a PCS move. While overwhelming at times, it can be quite an adventure!
Hang in there and never give up on your goals!!!