How Underclassmen Can Get College Scholarships

In Paying for College on Apr 20, 2016

Only seniors can apply for college scholarships, right? Wrong! Too many students wait to fill out scholarship applications until senior year, and it’s really hurting them in the long run.

Here are just a few of the reasons you need to be applying for scholarships throughout your entire high school career.

Many Scholarships Are Open to All Students
It’s a common misconception that scholarships are only available to high school seniors. This definitely isn’t true – thousands of awards are open to all high school students. The Cappex Easy Money College Scholarship is just one of them. Each month we give away $1,000 to a Cappex user without considering class year, so apply now!

More Chances = Better Odds of Winning
Frantically submitting a few applications for awards senior year means you only have a few shots at winning some money to help you pay for school. If you start this process early, you can find more scholarships to apply for and have more chances at earning those awards. Completing just 15 applications a year means you’ll already have 60 applications under your belt by the time you finish high school. That’s a lot of chances to win.

You Give Yourself Time to Fulfill the Requirements
If you see an award that requires applicants to have a long history of community service, involvement in a special project, or a clear dedication to another hobby or interest, you have plenty of time to prepare. Don’t be afraid to review the application criteria for awards that are designated for upperclassmen – you’ll have an idea of what you can do to prepare to apply for different scholarships in a few years and be more qualified for them.

Small Amounts Add Up Over Time
Don’t ignore a scholarship just because the reward isn’t enormous. Smaller awards for just a few hundred dollars often have less competition, which ups your chances of winning, especially if you apply for a lot of these scholarships. If you win a few of these each year, you could have a substantial amount to help pay your tuition when it’s finally time to head to college.

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