• If you are just beginning to apply to colleges, be sure to apply to at least five so you can choose the best one for you. For example, you may be eligible for an ivy league college and the good news is that these often give students from low incomes a full package so you would pay nothing and have no school loans.
  • We recommend the state and local colleges because they not only have low tuition and full student services, along with prestigious faculty and academic support, but also often have many scholarships, Check the college's website under financial aid, then scholarship and read about all scholarships offered and apply.

Check with the Scholarship Office at your State or Local College

  • One Scholarship Office told us that they offer 20 scholarships for transfer students, but only 6 students applied. Do not assume you are not eligible. If you meet the criteria for applying, apply for all scholarships that the university has listed on their website.
  • Beware of scholarship scams. Never pay money to apply for a scholarship and never give your social security number. It is safer to work with the scholarship office at your college so you can be sure all the scholarships are legitimate.
  • I give a scholarship at John Jay College for students who began their adult life as teenage parents. One year no one applie d! ----Katherine Arnoldi
  • .Apply! Be sure to list you accomplishments, awards and  community service on your personal statement, along with your major and future goals. The personal statement allows the college to know who you are. Tell them about your life and struggles, too, but always focus on how you have overcome obstacles more than the obstacles themselves.