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Are you anxious about going away to college? Or worse yet, worried about how your are going to finance your college education? If you have worries such as these, you are not alone. But, the best thing to do is to take action.

A college education is very expensive. Colleges and Universities offers higher payments on every course that one may wish to take. The average cost of a college education nowadays is around $20,000.00 a year. That amount is too high for most high school grads especially if their parents can't help.

Many parents opt to save with a bank college fund to be used for their children when they enter college. Some invest in educational plans to surpass the heavy burden they might incur later on. Good for those who have prepared for the a college education of their children but how about those who have not? Can their child still go to college even if they lack finances? By all means yes.

That is why scholarships and grants are available. There are many college scholarships that are being offered in different universities and colleges. They vary according to the beneficiary's capabilities. College scholarships may be in the form of academic scholarship, athletic scholarships and many others. There are also college scholarships that are funded by the government. In some cases, prominent and rich people fund scholarship grants offered to various college students.

Knowing those facts, one can definitely say that obtaining a scholarship or grant can't be too difficult. However the truth is finding college scholarship or grants is very time consuming and requires great effort.

Here are some tips on how to find college scholarships that best suit your child:

1. Ask the academic guidance counselor.

The school where you enroll your child in High School is sure to have a list of scholarships and grants. You may ask for it and compare the grants that are offered according to the capability and the needs of your child. This is the surest way to find a college scholarship or grant for your child.

2. Universities and Colleges offer special scholarship for academic excellence and athletics.

This is one way to search for your child's college scholarship. The Universities and Colleges that offer this may require your child's effort academically (if awarded academic scholarship) and effort in athletics while maintaining a ceiling grade (if awarded athletics scholarship).

There are also financial aids given to a child if he intends to join a club or organization in the University or College that he intends to join. One example of the clubs is a theatre arts club.

3. The internet is the widest and the biggest tool you may use in order to find a scholarship for your child.

There are lists of scholarships that you may find on the internet. This scholarship may be funded by people or private organization who aims to support deserving students in their college education.

4. The most scholarships or grants that can be trusted are those offered by the government.

There are government agencies that offer college scholarships and grants but limit the course a student may take. One advantage of having a government scholarship is the job that waits after your child finishes college. That is because, most of the time, the government is the one that looks for the student's job after his schooling. Sometimes that is included in the scholarship grant contract.

These are the four major places where you may find a scholarship that best suits your child's ability and needs. Scholarships are a great help not just on the part of the parent but also on the child.

Luke Garfield Respected computer scientist and author. Visit http://collegehelp.netfirms.com for more articles like this.



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