"Scholarship Search Services" Are Usually A Waste Of Time and Money



 


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We get a lot of questions about "Scholarship Search Services" (also called Scholarship Matching Services), and whether or not they're a legitimate way of obtaining funds for college. There are many services out there charging anywhere from $39 - $200 to match up students with specific "private" scholarships they are supposedly "qualified" to receive, based on criteria such as age, GPA, hobbies, major, parents affiliations, extracurricular activities, etc.

With so many different types of scholarships available, and with each one having their own specific set of criteria, it makes total sense to utilize a service to help you sort it all out, RIGHT?

Maybe. But most likely NOT.

Here's the truth: There's not that many of them out there! In fact, less than 1% of all college financial aid comes from outside private scholarship sources.

If you really want to tap into this source of funding, most of this information is readily available at your high school or public library. And if you do decide to pursue this avenue, you'd better be prepared to put in some serious time and effort!

The bottom line? Most of the money that's available for college can be obtained by knowing the ins and outs of the financial aid SYSTEM, applying LEGAL strategies within the system, and filling out your FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and other aid forms in a way that positions you to receive the most financial aid possible.

In addition, another problem with obtaining private scholarships on your own is that the Financial Aid Officer (FAO) at you chosen college will most likely deduct the amount of your award from your aid package, which means your college costs remain the same.

 

 

Here's an example:

Let's say you've chosen to attend UCLA and have been awarded a financial aid package of $8,000 ($5,000 in grants & scholarships; $3,000 in student loans).

Now on top of that, suppose you also apply for a scholarship through a local Kiwanis Club that dad is a member of, and are awarded a $2,500 scholarship!

You've just reduced your college costs, right? Most likely not.

You see, all outside scholarship awards have to be reported to the college you're attending. And in most cases, the FAO will deduct the exact amount of your private scholarship from your $8,000 financial aid package. It'd be great if the reduction is in the loans portion of your package, but it's usually from the grants & scholarships side.

What just happened? You reduced costs for the college, not yourself. All that time and effort for nothing!

Anyway, if you want to know the REAL DEAL on how to get the maximum amount in "free money" grants & scholarships for college, we suggest you get your hands on "The No B.S. Guide To Getting Maximum College Financial Aid".

If you haven't yet reserved your copy, click on the link below and do so today ...

http://www.college-financial-aid-secrets.com.

P.S. Listen to the types of results you can get by learning the secrets revealed in "The No B.S. Guide To Getting Maximum College Financial Aid" ...

"We have applied once on our own and received a nice letter advising us we did not qualify. This time we did qualify for Pell and SEOG money. The strange part is our income was larger this time than when we received nothing. MAYBE IT IS WHAT YOU KNOW AFTER ALL!"

- Dennis & Judy Adkins
California

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