Tip #1— Apply for financial aid.
Many students make the mistake of not applying for aid because they assume they won’t qualify. Plenty of scholarships and free grants are available regardless of income, but you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. File your FAFSA beginning January 1 of each year at www.fafsa.ed.gov UI&U’s federal school code is 010923.
Tip #2— Apply for as many outside scholarships as possible.
Do your research. In addition to the UI&U’s website, look for scholarships at religious organizations, local and national groups such as Rotary Clubs, professional unions, and labor organizations. Several small scholarships can pay off just as well as one large one.
Tip # 3— Beat the crowd early application is suggested.
Deadlines for scholarships will vary greatly. We suggest trying to submit your scholarship application six months before you plan on enrolling. Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. Scholarship committees receive hundreds of applications from students who meet the stated requirements. In those cases, scholarship awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tip #4— Magnify your chance of success.
Carefully read the requirements for each scholarship. Apply for all scholarships if you meet the eligibility requirements. Your application will likely be discarded if it is incomplete. Whenever possible, supplement your application with personal letters of recommendation.
Beware of Scholarship Scams.