Everyone says that education is the key to any big career change or promotion, and they are certainly correct. Unfortunately, the education thing can feel like a big cycle – you don’t have enough money to go back to college, so you don’t get promoted, so you stay in the same place which means you don’t have enough money to go to college, etc. If you’ve ever felt like that, or if you are trying to figure out a smart way to fund your degree without breaking the bank, there are several steps to help you get the education you need and deserve now.
- Fill out the proper forms for government aid.
- File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form,
- File your Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Grant (PHEAA) form online by the May 1 deadline. If you live in a different state, you should file for aid using the form for that state.
These forms entitle you to certain work study opportunities and scholarships and can make the difference in qualifying you for private and college scholarships.
- If you plan on attending the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.), make sure you schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office. You can also check out the information, suggestions, and links to additional funding sources that are provided on the Financial Resources website before your appointment. You can even review the scholarships offered by and through P.I.T. to new or returning students.
- Check with your employer about any scholarships that they may provide to employees who are returning to college. Some companies will even pay the full amount of tuition, as they know an investment in your education betters the entire company. Unions also tend to be generous to members and prospective members in terms of aid.
- Are you a Veteran, spouse or child of a Veteran? Remember to take advantage of your benefits under the G.I. Bill and the Military Tuition Assistance program.
- Remember to check out other grant, loan or scholarship information websites. Examples include:
Several can be very useful in figuring out all the crazy, out-there types of scholarships or grants for anything imaginable. You never know what financial aid you might be eligible for until you look around.