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School Smarts: The best way for students to get scholarships for college

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)--The price for a four year in-state college degree plus living costs could be as expensive as a new 2014 Corvette.

In this School Smarts report, Sterling Riggs reveals some tips for students to go to college for a discount or even for free.

There's no doubt the road to a college diploma these days is expensive. Tuition for one school year alone is estimated to be $10,616 at the University of Kentucky, $10,263 for University of Louisville students, and $10,388 at Indiana University.

Let's take a look at another path that could help ease the financial burden for students getting ready to go to college. We spoke with Bullitt East Guidance Counselor Crystal Barr about the top three things high school students need to know about scholarships. These tips could open the door to financial freedom.
The first tip is to get involved to market yourself.

"Many scholarships are academic based but students also need to be involved.  Scholarships are not only academic based, they are also looking for well-rounded students who are involved in a variety of activities.

Students need to participate in clubs, community service, honor programs, and leadership classes.  Students really need to start searching for assistance when they are in 9th grade," said Barr.
The second tip is to apply early and be organized.

"Scholarships are very competitive. If students forget to write down a few things that they've achieved, it can make a difference whether or not students receive a scholarship," said Barr.

The third tip is look beyond the obvious. Apply for the national scholarships, but also look for local businesses and clubs offering financial assistance.

 "Here in Mt. Washington, our spring festival has a scholarship, the women's club offers a scholarship, People's Bank, the Lion's Club has a scholarship, our music club and athletic booster club also offer scholarships," said Barr.

Another nugget on wisdom Barr shared with us is for parents to find out whether their workplace offers a scholarship. And at the end of the day, it takes diligence, research and good ole fashioned hard work to obtain a scholarship.

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