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Simple Ways to Win College Money

Does it seem like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything? Even during the summer break, my schedule is overflowing with appointments and projects that need to be completed. Once classes resume, it will only get worse — especially for high school seniors. Some of you simply won’t have the time, or the energy, to sit down and write a 10-page essay or run around gathering documents for a lengthy scholarship application. Luckily, not all scholarship programs take hours of preparation. Some scholarships are out there that can be completed in 30 minutes or less. And, if you really have an aversion to writing essays or filling out detailed forms, there are some fun and creative contests that have prize funds that are no laughing matter. Here are just a few simple ways you can win college money without a huge investment of time.

1.Scotch® Make Amazing Contest

Do you ever fool around with decorative tape? Well, 3M Company is offering three $5,000 prizes for your creative artwork and crafts made out of Scotch® Brand tape. You can upload your creation online or submit it through Instagram. If you’re 16 years or older, you’re eligible to win. Deadline: August 3.

2. Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship

This scholarship has nothing to do with Halloween. You simply have to submit a story on any topic via Twitter. Just be sure to keep within the 100 character limit if you want to win this $500 scholarship. Deadline: August 13.

twitter scholarship3. Tweet for Success Scholarship

If you’re a current undergraduate student, you can also earn another $500 through this Twitter contest. In less than 140 characters, explain the pros and cons of e-books versus traditional textbooks for a chance to win. A total of four winners will be selected. Deadline: September 18.

4. “5 Simple Words” $10,000 Scholarship

Unigo is giving four students (14 years of age or older) $10,000 this fall. To win, you simply need to list five words that illustrate how you picture your life 10 years after college, and provide a short explanation (200 words or less) on why you chose those words. So basically, you’re getting paid $10,000 to write a paragraph. Deadline: September 30.

5. Seventeen Magazine ‘Pay for School’ Contest

This contest literally takes no effort on your part, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win. You can either apply by completing the free trial subscription form or the online entry form. Anyone 13 years of age or older can apply. Did I mention the prize? It’s $100,000 — that will make a dent in your college bills! Deadline: January 31, 2016

college moneyMore Ways to Win

Would you like another 12 chances to win $1,500 to $5,000 for college? Check out the monthly scholarships being offered by ScholarshipExperts.com. Each one only requires a 250-word essay or less. The topics range from ice cream to zombies, so you’re sure to find something that interests you. While you are there, be sure to register for a free account, too. There are tons of other easy-to-enter scholarships and contests waiting to be won!

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for ScholarshipExperts.com, eStudentLoan.com and CampusDiscovery.com. She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2 Responses to “Simple Ways to Win College Money”
  1. Cheryl H. says:

    I have a newphew who was attending school for a year or so at a community college and dropped out for a semester due to personal issues. He would like to return but has an outstanding balance that has caused a hold to be placed on his student account. He was unable to complete his FASFA in a timely manner for the 2013 Aid Year. Although he qualifies for FASFA, the money that he was granted for the previous year is no longer available. What options does he have for paying off his current balance owed to the school?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Cheryl H.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      If his balance is due to a federal student loan, have him contact his loan servicer and ask about the various repayment plans. If it is through his college, have him contact the financial aid office and arrange a repayment schedule. He can still apply for the 2014-2015 FAFSA right now and use any eligible funds for the spring and summer semesters. He’ll need to reapply in January for the 2015-2016 FAFSA . If his school is requiring him to pay the outstanding balance in full, he has a few options. He could ask a friend or relative to loan him the amount to pay back the school. He could also pick up an extra job or two while he isn’t in school to expedite the repayment. Any scholarships he would receive could only be used for future educational expenses, not existing balances. Another option could be trying his luck with crowdfunding. As a last resort, he may be to get a qualified cosigner and take out a personal loan to cover his outstanding balance.

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