6 steps to secure yourself a scholarship
University is one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll ever make. But even though tuition and textbook prices seem daunting, paying for your education doesn’t have to be an ordeal.
MacEwan University’s Financial Aid Office gives scholarships, awards and bursaries to thousands of students every year, and thanks to recent system changes, applying is easier than ever. Don’t leave money on the table – take it home for yourself.
Here are a few simple steps to secure yourself a scholarship:
Learn the terms
Scholarships are given for academic performance, awards are based on criteria such as volunteerism or leadership, and bursaries are based on financial need. Unlike student loans, scholarships, awards and bursaries don’t need to be paid back.
All scholarship, award and bursary descriptions and applications can be found in your student portal. Check out the (super easy) steps to access them.
Start with the basics
Once you’re on the scholarships page in your portal, you’ll be asked to enter some basic information about yourself that the system uses to generate a list of scholarships, awards and bursaries you may be eligible for – how easy is that? From there, you can narrow down which ones you want to apply for.
Read through the application process
Some applications require little more than proof of your GPA or annual income. For others, you will need to provide supporting materials, such as reference letters or an essay. You might be able to save time by collecting all the information and materials you will need for multiple applications (Note: There is no cap on the amount of funding you can apply for.)
Carve out time to work on your applications and apply for as many as you can – it probably won’t take as long as you think. Funds often go unclaimed because no one applied for them. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get free money.
Application deadlines come up throughout the year (there are probably some you should be applying for now!). Plan out when you’ll apply – check the database at the start of each new term to make sure you don’t miss any opportunities.
Have more questions? Contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.
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