How does one find out about scholarships and financial aid when pursuing higher education?
Kittie D. Warshawsky, the chief external affairs officer of College Now Greater Cleveland, suggests the starting point for everyone should be to fill out a Free Application Federal State Aid form, otherwise known as the FAFSA.
High school students should talk to their counselors to learn about what financial aid is available, she said.
Students also can find useful information at collegenowgc.org.
College Now Greater Cleveland, founded by Clevelander Robert Coplan, was one of the first in the country and annually awards $3 million in scholarships, Warshawsky said.
Cheryl Willard, associate director in the office of financial aid at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, said when researching for scholarships students should beware of fee-based sources that offer scholarships because they may be scams. Before paying for anything related to scholarship searches, she said to find out if they are legitimate.
Willard recommended not providing personal information until determining if an organization is legitimate.
Rosemary Downing is a freelance writer from Auburn Township.