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How to get the best work study job

25 Jul

If you qualified for Work Study as part of your financial aid package from your college, there are some things you need to do to get the best of those jobs.

By about mid-summer if not before, colleges will have job postings for Work Study students. Those jobs are not just handed over to you. You still have to submit a resume, an application, and probably a cover letter for EACH separate job to which you apply. Typically, departments on campus can work with your schedule, even as it changes from semester to semester.

It’s a first-come, first-served kind of world with Work Study jobs, so it’s important to apply diligently to get the job that will be most advantageous to you. Think about what might be resume appropriate–a job that will best prepare you for the work you would like to do eventually. Yes, it could be fun to work in the cafeteria, but if you could work in a research institute instead, couldn’t that help you down the road after you graduate? Those kinds of contacts are invaluable when you’re applying for real-world careers.

More info about the Work Study program is here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/work-study.

Best wishes for the rest of your summer!

 

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How to access the scholarship money you’ve won

25 Jul

Yay! You got a scholarship! Congratulations!

I know what you’re thinking: “Now how do I get the MONEY?”

If you have received notice of a scholarship other than from your future college, you will want to make sure you keep track of how to access the money.

If you have more than one scholarship, make a chart (or separate file folders) with the following information:

Name and address of the organization.
Contact name at the organization and a phone number for that person.
Email address for the contact.
Amount of the scholarship
Requirement(s) to access the money
Date (if needed) to write for the funds

Typically, organizations require one or more of the following:

  • Proof of admission — a letter (or email notice) that you have been accepted to your college.
  • Proof of registration in a college or trade school — an official letter or online acknowledgement that you have made the commitment to attend that college. Registration typically requires some kind of a deposit. Contact the college registrar’s office–or see instructions online at your portal.
  • Proof of enrollment — online list of your courses or an official notice from your college that you have enrolled in classes (most require full-time attendance, typically 12 units). Contact the college registrar’s office–or see instructions online at your portal.
  • Official transcript of your completion of your first semester or first quarter. Contact the college registrar’s office–or see instructions online at your portal.
  • A letter from you requesting the funds, with an indication of where to send the check.

You cannot assume a scholarship organization will accept your own printout of grades or proof of registration. You probably have to get that official document directly from your college.

Do not expect the organization to remind you to request the funds. That’s your job! Some organizations may actually CANCEL your scholarship if you do not request the money on a timely basis.

Additionally, while some organizations continue their payments from year to year, others may require that you reapply annually. Don’t expect the organization to remind you of the process or deadline.

And most importantly . . . handwrite a sincere thank you note on nice stationery and mail it as soon as you receive the initial news of your scholarship . . . do not even wait until you get the money.

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Seniors: May 1 is decision time

12 Apr

Seniors, if you have not yet committed to your four-year college, you should be deciding and signing on that online-bottom-line in the next two weeks. May 1 is traditionally the deadline to commit.

Community college students should also be finalizing their decision, as well.

If you do not file your intent with your school of choice, there is a STRONG likelihood that you will forfeit not only your financial aid, but also your slot of admission. DO NOT DELAY!

Additionally, be prepared to pay a registration fee of $200 to $500 or more. Some universities will waive that fee if you will be receiving full financial aid. Future dorm students probably also will have to pay a dorm or other university housing fee.

If you are required to do math and English placement testing, contact the college about how and when to do that.

Check your college portal DAILY to make sure you aren’t missing important deadlines.

 

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