There are four basic ways to pay for college: Your own money, a loan, financial aid, and scholarships. And while the first two options can take a toll on your wallet, the last two options do not. Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for financial aid, or if they do, it’s not always enough to cover their tuition. Which is where scholarships come in.
The volume and variety of both private and public scholarships available to college students are astonishing. And while there are strict deadlines for federal scholarship applications, there are many private scholarships open year-round. This means you can constantly be applying for new scholarships.
But keeping track of the applications can be more than a little confusing. Use the timeline below to keep on top of important dates for applying to college scholarships, and make sure you’re meeting all the deadlines.