By Traci Andrighetti
Summer is scholarship season. And whether you’re a junior in high school or a senior in college, it’s never too early or too late to look for free money. Now that school is out, it’s time to get serious about your search. You’ll be glad you did.
If you’re sick of the library, the good news is that you don’t have to go there anymore to research financial aid opportunities. These days, you can use your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad to find scholarships, write your essays and submit your applications online. Below are five great apps that show you how to do just that.
- 1) i-FinAid
If you don’t know anything about Financial Aid, then this app is the place to start. For the low price of $1.99, it teaches you how to apply for federal aid, estimates how much aid you may qualify for and calculates what you’ll pay for college. I-FinAid also prepares you for frank discussions with financial aid counselors so that you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your aid package.
At the bargain rate of 99 cents, this app actually identifies the scholarships that are right for you. What’s more, it teaches you about the 13 common mistakes that students make when applying for aid, and helps you learn how to set yourself apart from the competition on your applications.
This app helps you find scholarships, bursaries, grants and other types of financial assistance and sends you updates as new sources of aid become available. Most importantly, it defines your financial needs and helps you devise a strategy to meet them — and all for free!
Although it’s fairly limited in terms of functionality, this app is ideal for anyone who wants to go to school abroad. For only 99 cents, Scholarship Positions keeps you up-to-date on the financial aid packages offered by the top universities of the world.
5) AWC – College Scholarship Essay (Includes Live Writing Assistant)
Once you’ve completed your scholarship search, check out the Achievers Writing Center (AWC) app. At $7.99, it costs more than the others, but it teaches you everything you need to know to develop, organize and write essays targeted to specific scholarship applications. Best of all, this app gives you unlimited e-mail access to a writing assistant who helps you write your essays. Now that’s a deal!
No doubt you’ll work up a thirst on your summer scholarship hunt, so make sure you drink your H2Orange. The money you spend on this fine product may just come back to you or someone you know in the form of a UT scholarship. Now wouldn’t that be ironic?