When is the right time to start applying for College, Grants, Scholarships?
Topic: When is the right time to start applying for College, Grants, Scholarships?
June 24, 2019 / By Adelaide Question:
I'm going to be a senior next year, and im thinking alot about my future. When is the right time to start applying for college? The middle of your senior year? Early in your senior year? When is it the right time to apply for government grants? When can I start applying for scholarships? Do I have to have my college applications sent out before applying for anything? Thanks.
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Tate | 8 days ago
Now, during your junior year, is the time to start researching colleges and deciding which ones you want to apply to. If you haven't taken your SAT or ACT yet, do so at the next available test date. Your scores will play a big role in determining which college you can get into, so you can't realistically start looking at schools until you have your scores. You can always retake the tests later if you want to try improving your scores, but taking it now will give you a place to start.
The spring of your junior year is a great time to do some campus visits. You can also visit during the summer, but since school will be out and the campus will be deserted, you won't get a true feel for the campus atmosphere.
By the middle of the summer (before senior year), you should have a solid list of colleges that you plan to apply to... schools that you've researched, read about, visited, and liked. Now you're ready to start your applications, as soon as they become available. Most colleges make their applications available online around August 1, and that is the BEST time to start filling them out and working on your essays. Senior year is crazy busy, and if you can get those essays out of the way before school starts, you will eliminate a lot of stress!
In addition to your application, you will need to send the colleges your SAT/ACT scores; your high school transcript (which you'll ask your counselor to send); your resume; and letters of recommendation from one to three teachers from your junior year. So now is the time to start kissing up and be sure you have a few teachers who like you! You can also start working on your resume now, by compliling a list of all your extracurricular activities, honors and awards, leadership positions, volunteer hours, etc.
As for scholarships, there are several different types. Some are awarded by the colleges to their top applicants or to applicants who meet certain requirements. In some cases, every applicant is automatically considered for scholarships, but for others, you have to complete a separate application. The colleges website will have that info. There are also outside scholarships awarded by private organizations, and you can apply for those any time during your senior year (although many have early deadlines). You can find lists of these scholarships by googling "student scholarships". Some sites try to trick you by asking for money in order to view the lists, but don't pay for anything! The same scholarships are listed on dozens of free websites.
In addition to merit scholarships, you can also apply for need-based financial aid. Your parents will need to fill out the FAFSA form in January of your senior year, and the colleges will inform you in the spring about whether/how much aid you will receive.
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Well we are still very early in the year so I am going to assume that you probably haven't taken any tests yet. You should take your SAT/ACT in the spring and again in the fall of your senior year (if needed) once you are content with your scores is when you start applying. For me, I was happy with my ACT scores so I sent in all of my applications by November 15 and I have already received 3 decisions.
Government Grants- by this do you mean Pell Grant and financial aid? If so, the 2014-2015 school year application won't come out until January 1st 2014. The resources do eventually run out, so the closer to the first you apply the greater chance you have of getting more aid.
You can start applying for scholarships whenever. There is no "too early" or too late for that matter. You can apply now if you felt like it.
For the most part schools have several deadline
Early Decision: If you are 100% sure you want to go to a school you can apply Early decision (ED for short) BUT ED is a binding contract with the school, which means you can only apply to one and if you get accepted you MUST withdraw your application to ALL other schools.
Early Action: This deadline usually falls between November 15 and December 15, it is non-binding meaning you can apply to many schools and you are not bound to any. You typically get your decision in a month
Regular Decision: Usually some time in March, non binding, 6-8 weeks for decision.
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When is the right time to start applying for College Grants Scholarships
http://scholarshipfaqs.net might help
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I personally started applying to colleges around November - January of my senior year. The best time to start is as soon as you can once senior year starts. Lots of colleges and universities allow early applications and those deadlines are usually either November 1st or around that time. Early applications are great to do for the colleges that you really really want to get into because they will see your application first and you will have a higher chance of getting in than someone who applies before the normal deadlines. The regular deadlines for applications are after new years, very few of them are in December. A few are in January, but very few others go as far as April. You can find deadlines for specific applications on college's websites. Scholarship applications should be done earlier for the most part. Most scholarship deadlines are usually in January or even December. So get those done ASAP. Grants will come with your financial aid package when you fill out your FASFA, which is done once your parents get their taxes done. (I believe the deadlines for FASFA are usually around April or May, but you should also get that done as soon as possible...I got mine done around February.) You don't have to have already applied to colleges to apply to scholarships.
What I did was during the summer before senior year was look for a bunch of schools that I would be interested in. Schools that were nearby, had my major, etc. I believe collegeboard.com actually has a nice little search engine for colleges where you can put in any criteria you want for a college and it will show you schools that match that criteria.
If I could go back and do it all over again, I would have applied for more scholarships earlier, because I waited too long to do them and then by the time I started to do them (around March) most of them were already past the deadline.
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Yes, it is rarely too soon to begin that scholarship search, and never too early to start saving for college.
While many students wait until they are in the throes of the college application process to even inquire about scholarships, grants and financial aid in general (and, unfortunately, far too many students never bother to seek out scholarship money at all), the scholarship hunt truly knows no season, save the deadline dates for particular scholarship applications.
True, a vast array of scholarships are available only to high school seniors, or to students already enrolled in college. And yet, more and more scholarships -- as in, FREE MONEY -- are open to high school juniors, and even to freshmen and sophs.
You simply have to look -- and actually apply!
So, why wait? When seniors -- and their frantic parents -- are scambling for college bucks in the fall, high school juniors can -- and should -- be looking for the money at their leisure, without the added pressures of essays, college application deadlines and that whole "where will I get in?" noose hanging down over their heads.
Start early, when few, if any of your peers are applying for scholarships, and you place yourself way ahead of the field. Fewer applicants. Greater chance of garnering that scholarship - http://collegefinanceguide.blogspot.sk/
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Fill out the FAFSA, but it will go by your taxes for the previous year (so, the 29,000). This is where you will find out if you are eligible for any federal and/or state grants. From personal experience I can tell you that it is very difficult to find scholarships for "adult learners" because most are geared towards high school students (going into college). As for the part-time job, you can apply anywhere that will work around your classes. Or, you could keep your full-time job and attend classes as well. If you choose a school that is relatively inexpensive, student loans aren't bad (as long as you use what you need for tuition and books only). Applying for the fafsa will make you eligible for federal student loans (which are the best). Good luck!
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The best time is Sept - Nov of your Fall semester, Senior year. On your application you will also complete the financial aid questions.
In January you will file a FAFSA - you will need your parents last year's income tax return and also their W-2 forms for the year that just passed.
Sept - Nov 2013 - determine which schools to apply to and complete online applications.
January 2014 - complete FAFSA using your parents 2012 income tax return and their 2013 W-2 forms.
Your application for financial aid to the schools will also alert them to consider you for grants and scholarships that they administer.
Outside scholarships - you can start applying now.
Look over the information in fastweb.com
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Originally Answered: start up grants?
It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for starting a for-profit business.
One possible exception is for companies developing or exporting agricultural goods, including food and forest product. Another exception could be the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/... , which fund the research and development of technological innovation that meets specific government needs.
Your best bet actually will be from the states if they offer grant programs for women (or any other special interest groups -- minorities, women, disabled, veterans, etc). Or check with non profit organizations, particularly women organizations if they offer grants. Examples include
Iowa Women's Foundation http://www.iawf.org/
New Mexico Women's Foundation http://www.nmwf.org/guidelines.html
Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/CON_FAQ2.html
"The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments."
Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov - these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.
Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business -- THERE'S NONE.
Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT - Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program
Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women's Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women's business center that will train women entrepreneurs
I suggest you read the following books to get ideas of how to finance your business:
Financing Your Small Business http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1572484500/powerhomebizguid
Small Business Financing: How and Where To Get It http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0808007386/powerhomebizguid
Financing the Small Business: A Complete Guide to Obtaining Bank Loans and All Other Types of Financing http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580626815/powerhomebizguid
The SBA Loan Book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/158062202X/powerhomebizguid
Angel Capital : How to Raise Early-Stage Private Equity Financing http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471690635/powerhomebizguid
Financing Your Small Business (Barron's Business Library Series) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764124897/powerhomebizguid
For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center's Foundation Grants for Individuals Online http://gtionline.fdncenter.org . It's a subscription based website ($9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for "students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices." Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don't have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs.