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There are four basic ways to pay for college: Through your (or your family’s) saved 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 enough aid to cover their tuition. Which is where scholarships come in.
If you decide to apply for scholarships to finance part of your education, you’ll quickly realize the volume and variety of both private and public scholarships available to college students is 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 that you qualify for.
But having numerous applications and deadlines to keep track of can be more than a little confusing. Use the timeline below to keep track of important dates for applying to college scholarships, and make sure you’re meeting all the deadlines.