Winning a scholarship isn’t the end of the story. Instead, this is the beginning of a new chapter. Most institutes prefer handing out a small portion of the reward time to time, and getting funds from them can be a headache.
Following, we will show you how to deal with the funding agency!
Complete the Application
Complete all scholarship form and loan documents. These are your application material, and you need to take care of them. Unfortunately, most students don’t get any financial aid because they fail to meet the deadline, don’t follow directions or make silly mistakes.
In case you didn’t receive any info from financial aid within the first week of admission, you better contact the office of financial assistance.
Prepare Yourself for Negotiation
Like it or not, you will need to negotiate depending on what offer you get. Most students fail because they call the office and say, some other school offered me more, would you reconsider?
Doing this won’t get you anywhere. Start negotiating by calling the person who signed the admission letter. Thank him for his kind efforts and generosity. It’s a gesture that will go a long way. Tell them you consider other options. Don’t indicate how much someone else offered unless asked.
Lastly, ask if the school have any policy that lets staff reconsider the financial aid. The answer will (mostly) be yes. Now ask, “can you consider reevaluating my offer and provide some information?”.
Request a Deposit Extension
Don’t hesitate to ask for a deposit extension. Enrollment deposits are non-refundable, and they can get very high. Some institutes charge only a couple of dollars while others can charge up to thousands.
Students usually wait to hear from other programs and financial aid. This long wait makes them reconsider their decision about starting grade school that year as the student thinks of deferring. If you are doubtful, then you need to contact the admission office and ask if you can get a week before sending in your deposit.
Don’t Stop Asking for Help Once You are Enrolled
You will receive funding throughout the year. But the key is to know when you should inquire. The best time to ask is one week before the final exams. Go to the financial aid office and ask if there are some additional funds available. When you search a list of scholarships, it is imperative that you keep an eye for every little detail. Carefully read the requirement, benefits, and financial aid. This way, you won’t have any surprises waiting for you.
So, before you speak with the supervisor, you need to do some research on your own and understand how to write winning applications. The following tips will help you:
* Some scholarship programs have specific guidelines, follow these carefully. If you are confused, contact the funding agency
* Find out the deadline and give yourself enough time to craft a winning proposal, don’t do a rush job and make sure your application has all the supporting documents for the agency to view