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Funding your HBCU College Experience

Most HBCU students and parents continue to worry about about funding the HBCU college experience.
In addition to completing the FAFSA this year, students should consider exploring the following:

– Scholarships. Do not just rely on your school for scholarship information since there are opportunities they don’t know about. For example, a student recently told me about a scholarship program sponsored by the property management company overseeing the apartment complex where she lives.

– Research honors programs on your college campus. Students who are high academic achievers can get support from honors programs. Three programs to consider include The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse Honors Program and the Program for Prestigious Scholarships at Hampton University.

– Many campus clubs or activities offer private scholarship dollars. Would participating in the college band or athletic program improve your chances of landing scholarships? You won’t know until you ask. Faculty are a great source of private scholarship information from specific programs, donors or even alumni. The HBCU Stem Fellowship Program is one example of scholarships attached to certain college majors

– Finding a job could be part of your strategy to fund your HBCU college experience. Although the US economy is in a recession, there are part-time jobs available for college students, especially with employers wanting to keep labor costs down.

– Consider public or state funded colleges vs. private colleges. Tuition is definitely lower for in state students.

– Negotiate full or partial tuition reimbursement with your current employer. Many companies will support the cost of additional education and relevant training if they see your education as an asset to the company. You won’t know until you ask.

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