Sometimes it’s easy to focus only on winning scholarships while forgetting there are many other ways to make the college experience affordable. One of those great opportunities comes when purchasing textbooks. While it’s great to support your campus bookstore, if your funds are depleted, you need to shop around! One semester, we were able to cut our textbook bill from $608.93 to $115.07 by shopping online, and that included shipping! While some of the books were used, all were in excellent condition. Our savings were comparable to an instant $500 college scholarship!
Where are the best places to shop for college textbooks? For a second semester in a row, we found used book sellers, such as Abebooks.com, Alibris.com and Amazon.com to have the lowest prices. When searching for new books, was our favorite, for a number of reasons. First, students can get a free “Prime” account for a year, which includes free two-day shipping, for six months. Check out Amazon Student Prime Accounts for more information. Second, you can earn free Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks, just by searching online for things, or by participating in other activities. During Christmas break, you can accumulate Amazon gift cards just by conducting online searches through Swagbucks! Theoretically, if you plan far enough ahead, you can end up with your textbooks for free if they’re sold by Amazon.
If you’re savvy when buying your books, you can likely sell them for more than what you paid, giving you a head start on the next semester’s textbook purchases.
Congratulations to Abby Tongue, winner of the 2013 Kimball Memorial Homeschool Scholarship! Abby, from Traverse City, MI is beginning her freshman year at Hope College, where she plans to major in elementary education before going for a double Master’s degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility. The Kimball Memorial Homeschool Scholarship is sponsored by the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station, which offers affordable homeschool beach vacations.
Tomorrow’s the deadline to register for Letourneau University’s Homeschool Symposium 2012. The event, just for homeschoolers, will be held July 15-18, 2012 in Longview, Texas. Participants will learn about university life, worship together, check out the campus, and hang out with other homeschooled students. While their participation is not required, families are also welcome to attend.
LETU boasts the single largest endowment solely dedicated to homeschool students ever established. More than 18% of the student body were homeschooled. To register for the Homeschool Symposium, or for more information, visit http://letu.edu/_Admissions/HomeSchoolSymposium. To learn about LETU’s homeschool scholarship, as well as other homeschool scholarships, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page.
Homeschool Nation has announced a new homeschool scholarship for $1,000. The college scholarship will be awarded May 30, 2012, to a homeschooled high school student. The winner will be selected based on the personal statement of their profile on the HSNATION.com website. All homeschooled high school students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. All you need to do is go to HSNATION.com and fill out a profile. Entries must be completed by Friday, April 13.
College Goal SC will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10am to 1pm on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU), located in Columbia, SC. The event, to be held in Memorial Residence Hall, will include an information session on financial aid programs and the process for applying for financial aid. Participants will receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2012/2013. Students will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free iPAD2. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Columbia International University is a homeschool-friendly college, with approximately 1/3 of each incoming freshman class consisting of homeschoolers. High School juniors and seniors interested in attending College Goal SC are welcome to contact CIU for information about combining the event with a personal tour and possible overnight stay in CIU’s dorms.
College Goal SC is a joint volunteer effort by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in cooperation with Columbia International University.
High school seniors have six more days to sign up for one of the greatest scholarship opportunities available: the 7th annual R. C. McQuilken Schlolarship Weekend at Columbia International University, a homeschool-friendly Bible college in South Carolina. Tim Caiello, homeschooled, and currently a sophomore at CIU, can attest to merit of this event, having won a full-ride scholarship at the 2009 competition. In addition to the full scholarship, high school students attending compete for numerous other scholarships.
The weekend will also include faculty interviews, group discussions, interaction with current students and staff, and opportunities to hang out with future classmates. The scholarship weekend ends with a banquet on Saturday.
Deadline for registering for the three-day South Carolina event, to be held Dec. 1-3, is Friday, Nov. 18. In order to qualify for the event, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an SAT score (math and verbal) of 1000 or an ACT score of 21 or above. Click here for more information or to register.
It can seem like a slow process, but the list of homeschool scholarships for college is growing, from those recently created to those that are just now being discovered. We now have a list of 37 college scholarships that are exclusively for homeschoolers. But we need your help! Please take a look at our list of scholarships that are designed just for homeschoolers, and let us know if we’re missing one you know about. Email us if you have any to add. Also, let us know about scholarships you’ve successfully competed for, that are homeschool-friendly, but not limited to homeschoolers. We’ve created a separate list for those.
Our newest scholarship to join the list is for Southern Virginia University. The school offers a homeschool scholarship of up to $10,000 each year for an incoming freshman. It requires an essay, along with a list of all religious awards and positions held, community service rendered, and community rewards received. For more information about this scholarship, as well as the complete listing of all homeschool scholarships, visit our homeschool scholarships page.
College fairs designed specifically for homeschool students can be of great benefit, as the seminars and other materials are prepared with the unique needs of homeschoolers in mind. One such upcoming fair, the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cascadia Community College in Bothel, WA. The fair is from noon-1:45 p.m.; seminars from 2-4 p.m. Parking and attendance is free.
Representatives from more than 30 colleges will be on hand to offer information and help guide students through the application process. Seminars include Homeschool to College: The Journey Continues; Student Perspective: Homeschool to College; Running Start: Dual High School/College Credit Programs; Writing a Winning College Essay; The Inside Scoop: Understanding Admissions from the College’s Point of View; Leveraging Your Future: The Higher Education Investment; and Making a Transcript.
For more information, visit the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair’s Web site here.