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The more and more the technologies advance, the easier it gets to have better education. But still it’s one expensive adventure, that’s why many young people choose the alternative way of gaining degree through online universities. The best thing for all those who have enrolled in such institution is that although they are online students they still have the right to use student scholarships.

There are special education grants for this kind of students. Usually they are smaller as amount compared to the financial aid that standard student receives but by definition the online students doesn’t have expenses for traveling, accommodation and so on.

  1. Check your college.

If you are in pursue of grants for education start with the college that you are enrolled or plan to enroll in. Give special attention to the scholarship section. There you will probably finds at least a couple of options. If you cannot find this information, write e-mail to the college itself.

  1. Distance education scholarships.

Another possibility is to try the universities that offer distance education. These are most of the big universities like DeVry University, Norwich University, Ashford University and so on. All of them offer full spectrum of undergraduate online programs and scholarships options in help of their students.

  1. Choose by classification.

Check the lists of the best/ most popular or another type of lining of the online universities (they are in it for a reason). These lists usually measure not only the quality of the education that you can get in these universities but also the social conditions that the schools provide to their students. According to the data collected from National Center for Education Statistics, Petersen’s and Distance Education Council the top 10 online colleges for 2014 are:

  1. Walden University.

  1. Post University.

  1. Independence University.

  1. Colorado State University.

  1. Liberty University.

  1. Kaplan University.

  1. Western Governors University.

  1. National University.

  1. Saint Leo University.

  1. Brandman University.

Don’t forget also to make good use of the scholarship search engines. A numerous sites on the web (including this one) offer mechanisms that allow you one way or another to run criteria that help you find the right school and scholarship for you. If your school doesn’t offer scholarships, try another source. There are a lot!

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The easiest way to find scholarships for college

Finding the right scholarship can seem a lot like planning a battle. There are no advices that can give you 100% security that you will succeed but there are tips that can make your scholarship crusade much easier.

  1. Researching the grant giver.

If you want to make a good impression and make your application to stand out from the pile, take the time to see what the organization that gives the scholarship really values. It won’t take you too much time but can add a lot to your essay evaluation. To get this easiest just read the page on the organization’s site where they describe their aims and values, aka “About us”.

  1. Community involvement helps a lot.

Volunteers are preferred when organizations choose to whom they give their money. If you are engaged in any kind of community service, your chances to get the desired scholarship rise with 15 to 20 %. Also this gives you wider list of possible scholarship offers because a lot of grants are given by non-profits that help others and they want to see the same in the people that receive their financial aid.

  1. Get that professional look.

It’s like job application, if you are not professional here, you won’t get paid. Clean your Facebook and other social networks’ accounts from inappropriate content create account in professional network and don’t become too “funny” in your CV and presentations.

  1. Try searching with search engine.

Start with this site, similar places contain a wide base of scholarships and advices how to get them.

  1. Optional questions must not be underestimated.

The more information and criteria you fill in your search, the more appropriate results you will get which will give you better chances to get the educational grant you need.

  1. Estimate the chances.

When you see the criteria you can assess on your own which of them you can’t cover, so go straight to the ones that you do.

  1. Every scholarship is an option.

Even if it doesn’t cover all your expenses, scholarship can be useful. Don’t skip even one because it may turn to be the one to turn your life around.

  1. Essay contests are preferable.

They often are neglected by the lazy students which automatically increases your chances.

  1. Do it with passion.

Let your personality shows when you apply with texts.

  1. Look around.

Local scholarships can be won easier than national and regional ones.

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College scholarships according to the school?!

Do you know that some colleges offer scholarships to their students and other financial awards by the school itself? Check the following list and see if your school is among them (the list is not complete so check the college’s office to see if they can offer you financial aid).

  1. University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

They offer variety of scholarship programs mainly for online students. Professional Development and Project Management Online Learning Scholarship is one of the options. For more information check their website: .

  1. Kansas State University.

This is one more of the universities that offer their own scholarships: Allan D. Sicat is scholarship for active duty military or military veterans seeking an undergraduate or degree in a distance education program. For Maurine Allison O’Bannon Memorial Scholarship can apply students over 25 years old with minimum three credit hours. And Robert F. Sykes Scholarship is for engineering students if they are enrolled in the programs in engineering management or civil engineering; the criteria for this scholarship include 3.5 GPA and one year engineering experience.

  1. University of Great Falls.

They offer Competitive Academic Awards to Catholic High School Scholars and UGF Scholars. The awards may reach up to $16,000 for the full tuition. The application includes campus interview and essay; you should be full-time student and have on-campus residency and participation in campus activities along with other criteria. These awards require separate applications that you can find here: and .They also offer Distance Student Scholarship, Great for Great Falls, Courage Awards and many other ways for financial support to their students.

  1. Bemidji State University.

BSU provides three types of educational scholarships: leadership, talent and academic ones. They also have automatic freshman grants which are renewable for the time of the education: Campus Honor, Presidential Scholarship, University and Academic Achievement. They have slightly different criteria but for all of them you can apply with only one biography. They also offer special scholarships meant for American Indians.

  1. Washington State University.

WSU offers over 700 different awards and scholarships for the students in its different academic programs, departments and colleges. Among them are Transfer Achievement Award, Campus Visit Scholarships, Need Based Assistance and Destination WSU: Out of state for students who are not residents of Washington State. More info and details you can get from the university’s site:

Does your university offer scholarships? Check in its office or website.

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Grants for online degree in business

Getting a business degree is always a good investment, but it requires a lot of money even when you are making it online. An average online business degree costs about $30,000 and this is sufficient amount of money that not everybody can afford. What possible income sources you can find to support such undertake?

The fastest way if you are really big optimist, is to take a loan. But in long-term plan it may be not the brightest idea, you’ve ever had. There is another way, it’s usually slower and not 100% sure to succeed, but it worth trying – searching for and getting student scholarships. Plural because if you search carefully you will find that some grants allow combining or receiving additional amounts of money through other scholarship programs.

In this sense the online universities are no different from the ordinary ones. They can also present you with information and offers for possible grants. Fr example, if you want to get MBA, you need to go through the standard application: fill FASFA, write all needed essays, application letters and so on. But what grants exactly can work for you?

Except the federal grants for online education that we mentioned in another one of our materials, you should also keep in mind these couple of options:

  1. The scholarships of AMVETS National Service Foundation.

There is one special condition to apply for these grants: you need to be daughter or son or grandchild of or be veteran/active military yourself. Also you are eligible if you are descendant of diseased veteran. Not all programs are applicable to online education but The Henry G. Huestis and Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Memorial Scholarship are.

  1. Grants and scholarships of Moody Bible Institute.

Moody Bible Institute offers long list of scholarships with different amounts and conditions. You can take a look at their award list here:

  1. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Zonta International gives these awards to women enrolled in business management educational program (both master’s degree and undergraduate students are eligible). You are not eligible if you are member or employee of Zonta. Every region where there are Zonta clubs offer awards of $1,000 and also the organization gives twelve $7,000 awards to international students.

Look for other opportunities once you’ve chosen a school that you want to attend. Don’t forget that many private organizations offer awards.

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Obtaining Grants and Scholarships for an Online Education

Distance learning has many advantages. One of them is the price. In general it is cheaper than the alternative, rendering access to quality education much easier for many. For some, this is not sufficient. While online degree programs do not have attached costs such as rent, books, transport, food, lost income, and what is most important for some, socializing, is is possible to find grants and scholarships for them. While obtaining grants for college to pay for an online education is less easy than for other forms of education, they do exist. This is due to the fact that some educational institutions and organizations understand that those choosing to attend online college classes may need to sacrifice deferred income, or simply do not wish to move away from home. They react by supporting this choice by providing grants and scholarships.

One of the options will be described to illustrate the options available to student. It is called the Edinburgh Global Distance Learning Scholarship which is offered by the University of Edinburgh for Masters students. The total support provided adds up to GBP5000. It is highly competitive, but may be applied for a wide range of Masters degrees. Among the subjects supported are humanities and social sciences such as law, history, clinical education, and pain management. Lime many scholarships, the one for these online degree programs is very competitive, and must be applied for before the start of the academic year. There are also certain geographic limitations, as only nationals of certain Asian, and African countries may apply. The countries cited are principally developing countries. It also depends exclusively on academic merit, unlike others which take into account the applicant’s financial need.

This is only one example. There are many other opportunities out there, far fewer than those for studies physically at a further education institution.

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There are countless opportunities for every student that wants to pursue higher education in every possible field and new and new fields come out today. And as the number and the specifications of the fields grow, so do the grants that you can get to help you with your education. But not all the students are just now finished high school type. Some people by one reason or another has postponed this stage and they have decided to do it in later moment of their life. These students are called nontraditional and there are education grants that aim at helping them with that task. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Capture the dream Inc’s Single Parent Scholarship.

You can apply for this scholarship every year from the beginning of April till the end of June. It is opened for single parents from California who are also college-bound students. They give $1,000 to help single parents to obtain four or two-year degree. The applicants may be full-time or part-time students that are residents of the Bay Area. The criteria that will be evaluated are the quality of your essay, GPA, demonstrated leadership, history of community service and financial need.

  1. Nashville Athena Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students.

These grants for education are meant for women who reside in Wilson, Davidson, Robertson, Williamson, Rutherford Sumner and Cheatham counties. The winner will receive $5,000 and the second in row will get $2,500. This money should be used to help the winners to pursue their career ambition through education. To get these student scholarships you must be graduate student or to have obtained your GED; to have finished high school at least five years ago, to be an applicant or student in any undergraduate program no matter in which university and to be able to demonstrate your need of financial assistance or aid.

  1. Andersen Nontraditional Scholarship for Women’s education and Retraining (ANSWER).

This is scholarship for women of age 25 or more who raise school age child and are trying to get four-year undergraduate or two-year nursing degree, the field is of no importance. You must also be resident of a county in South or North Carolina and to pursue a degree in some of the local universities.

There are more similar grants for schools, which will be presented in the upcoming articles, keep an eye on them.

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