Perhaps you feel that summer has gone by too quickly (we do, too!), but classes begin for the 2014-2015 school year in just under a month! Therefore, we want to make sure you are up to date with your Financial Aid so that you have a successful year. Follow this checklist to make sure you are set for fall:

 

  • If you have been selected for verification, please turn in all required documents so that we may award you financial aid.
  • If you do not plan on filing the FAFSA this year, please let us know.
  • If you will be a first time Federal Direct Loan borrower this year, be sure to complete your Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note. Both can be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
  • If you are interested in scholarships, follow our Money Monday blog to be up to date with what MSOE is offering.
  • If you have been awarded Federal Work Study, now is the time to start applying for jobs.
  • If you know that you will need to take out an additional loan to help with costs this year, please start the application process now if you haven’t already done so. Applications for the Parent PLUS Loan can be completed at www.studentloans.gov, and applications for a student loan through a bank or credit union can be completed on the respective lender’s website, by phone, or in person with that lender. Please see our Alternative Loan Guide for information comparing lenders that MSOE students commonly work with.

 

  Feel free to contact our office with any other questions you have. We look forward to seeing you in September!

If you've been following the Money Monday blog for a while, you know that I have posted a wide variety of scholarships. This week, I'm giving you all the tools you need to search for scholarships on your own. The Hub will still be the only place to find and know about MSOE-specific scholarships, but you know you better than I do and only you know all the things that make you unique that could translate into scholarship eligibility!

 

I have already posted a detailed Scholarship Presentation that highlights how to discover what scholarships you qualify for, where to find them, how to make a strong application, and all the resources available at MSOE for scholarship help. Please see that, but here I will briefly detail qualifications and how to find scholarships.

 

If you have an interest, hobby, skill, achievement, or qualification there is probably a scholarship for it. Don't believe me? Maybe you are really into bowling, gaming, animal protection, sandwich making, Ayn Rand, vegetarianism or water skiing. The possibilities are truly endless.

 

Beyond doing a Google search for "scholarships for X", there are other ways to find scholarships that you qualify for. There are many free websites you are able to sign up for that have you fill out a profile and then show your scholarships you are eligible for. The more completely you fill out your profile or the more specifically you search, the better your results will be. Here are some websites to look into:

If there are others you use, leave a note in the comment section!

 

A final place to look for scholarships isn't a place per se, but rather a concept. THINK LOCAL. Consider the town or city you are from and what it has to offer: civic groups, societies, local non-profits and groups, churches, businesses, and more. Consider where your relatives work, especially if it is any kind of union or has a professional society attached. Many of these kinds of scholarships may not be posted online at all but rather through flyers, newsletters, or announcements in local papers. Keep your eyes and ears open!

 

Scholarships are out there for every kind of student! Find them today and start applying!

 

MSOE-Specific Scholarships

CLOSED: Rick & Josh Kemp Memorial Scholarship, Due on 9-9-14

 

Scholarships Due This Week

CLOSED: Choice Home Scholarship, Due on 8-15-14

CLOSED: Freedom Scholarship Essay Contest, Due on 8-15-14

EVERYBODY: $5,000 Award for re-designing TSA Security Lines - DUE August 15th, 2014

CLOSED: La Jolla LASIK National Scholarship, Due on 8-17-14

As far as I'm concerned, the only good thing about it being August already is that football season is just around the corner. In fact, the Packers play their first preseason game THIS SATURDAY! Football means fall, fall means back to school, and back to school means homework. It also means that you'll need to pay your tuition, fees, and room and board if you're on campus. Want to pay less? Apply for a scholarship and you just might win!

 

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MSOE Students Only

CLOSED: Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Scholarship, Due on 8-8-14

MSOE Students ONLY: $1,500 Rick & Josh Kemp Memorial Scholarship - DUE September 9th, 2014

 

Added This Week

Students from Milwaukee: Freedom Scholarship Essay Contest - DUE August 15th, 2014
CLOSED: $5,000 Award for re-designing TSA Security Lines, Due on 8-15-14

ALL Students: $1,000 AFSA Second Chance Scholarship - DUE August 27th, 2014
Nursing Students: Milwaukee Chapter National Black Nurses Association Scholarship - DUE August 31, 2014 

Nursing Students: Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources - Various Deadlines!

 

Due This Week
CLOSED: Web Design Scholarship, Due on 8-5-14

CLOSED: Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Scholarship, Due on 8-8-14

All Enrolled Students: $2,000 Scholarship - DUE August 10th, 2014

 

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Best of luck to all who apply!