Ask For Help
At times, you may feel lost when you look at your options for financial aid, and for good reason. There are so many programs, each with their own set of rules and deadlines, that it would be surprising if you didn't find it complicated. That's why you should never hesitate to ask for help.
Most high schools have counselors who can help students sort through financial aid options. You can also check with the financial aid advisor from the college you wish to apply to. Asking questions can save you a lot of time and frustration further down the road.
Check to see if there's a Web site for the aid you're seeking. For instance, students and parents working on the FAFSA form can visit the official site to access frequently asked questions and help guides. Several other scholarships and grants also have Web sites that may answer your questions.
You should never hesitate to ask about a scholarship program that seems fishy to you. There are plenty of scam artists who target students looking for financial aid. Unfortunately, the scholarship you're interested in could be a fraud. Ask a counselor or check with the Better Business Bureau if you encounter a scholarship that sounds questionable.