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Tips for Students: Hunting for College Money

Guide Me, Oh Wise One
"I talked often with my guidance counselor about my family's fear of not being able to pay for college. It must have stuck in her mind because she kept telling me about all these scholarships, and even recommended me for some of them."

– Recent Grad, Wesleyan University

It is your guidance counselor's job to help you plan for college and advise you on how to pay for it. Guidance counselors have lists of local and national scholarships, as well as resources for searching for scholarships. From their experience of working with many other students, they also know which colleges are more likely to give you a decent financial aid package, and they can recommend to you where to look for other financing options.

Set up a meeting with your guidance counselor during your junior year to talk about your plan of attack to find money for college, and continue to meet with him or her throughout the process. The more you talk to your counselor, the more he or she will remember your name, and the more he or she will realize your determination to find a way to pay for college. Your counselor will remember this when he or she is meeting with local scholarship committees, and it can help you in the long run.

If you find that your counselor isn't being very helpful – it happens – then you have to find other people who can give you advice. You probably won't be able to switch to a different counselor, but you should talk to your teachers, your principal, and other guidance counselors and ask for their help. You need good advice, and you have to work hard to get it.



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From Getting through College without Going Broke by Students Helping Students®. Copyright © 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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