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Do you have a dream of going to college or seeing your children going to college, but you know it can be expensive? Don't despair! There is money to help you afford college.

  • Over 80% of students receive financial aid for four-year colleges and universities.

That means there is money for you, you just have to follow some steps to receive that money. You have probably heard about a FAFSA. That is an important step in receiving money for college. Here is what you need to do.

Go to the government website or talk to the college where you want to go about FAFSA.

  • Do your taxes early. If you are a dependent, have your parents/guardians do their taxes early. You need that information to file your paperwork.
  • In Tennessee, file an application after January 1 - as soon as possible. There are state funds that you might be eligible for.
  • You need to submit an application every year - ask your college when - so you keep receiving money.

Where else is there money for college? Talk to the college you want to attend. Let them know you are interested, but cannot afford it. Every college has money to help students.

  • Scholarships for grades.
  • Scholarships for ACT and SAT test results.
  • Scholarships for sports.
  • Scholarships if you go to a church-college and are a member of that church.
  • Work programs where you can work on campus and the hours fit with your class schedule.

Don't let money keep you from going to college. The key is to fill out the FAFSA application and tell the college you need money to attend.

Next: Asking colleges for money can be intimidating. Look for my next article - "How to Ask a College for Money."

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