Applying to financial aid with financially stable background
Hello!! I'm currently in 11th grade and one of my biggest concerns as I look more and more into the colleges I want to attend is the scholarships I need to realistically attend them. Although my parents are technically financially stable and my household, on paper, earns more than enough money to live a life of comfort, I wouldn't really be able to receive much of if any of their help when it comes to paying for college. The main problem I find with this is that because of my parents financial status, I don't meet the requirements or target of most of the scholarships I want to apply to and have been having trouble finding resources that would benefit my situation. To be fair, the one scholarship I am currently, desperately latching onto is Bright Futures which allows students to attend whichever college inside of Florida for more or less free; however, I still want to try and see if I can find other good scholarships that can be applied to outside of Florida and accept students who may have parents with a financially stable income but won't be getting that much if any help in terms of tuition. Thank you 🥲🥲
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There are still scholarships available to financially stable students! I’d recommend searching for merit scholarships or automatically applied scholarships (i.e. every admitted student with a certain GPA would get X in scholarships every year).
Even as a financially stable, I would recommend checking out tuition calculators for some schools— depending on the school, you may be more eligible for financial aid than you think.
Your situation is a common one. Fear not - there are plenty of avenues to make college affordable! As others have mentioned, many merit scholarships will help you cover tuition regardless of your family's financials. Then, you can craft a college application strategy which takes financial aid into account.
There are certain schools out there that meet 100% of every applicant's financial need - I wrote a CollegeVine blog post which lists them. I recommend applying to as many of these schools as you can if you are not already. I also encourage you to look into career paths which pay for at least some of college tuition, such as AmeriCorps programs and military careers. Hope this helps!
Best answer is merit based scholarships!
Hi!! I'm in a very similar situation. I encourage you to look into scholarships that are merit-based, random (like those draws for money that are everywhere), and specifically aimed towards students financing their own education. There are plenty of places out there willing to help you!
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