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More Money for College!!

May 31st, 2018 at 01:29 am

Our youngest daughter graduated from her Engineering Academy at her high school tonight. It was such a wonderful ceremony, where the strings played music before and after the event, the Jr ROTC posted the colors, sang the national anthem, former students spoke, as well as current students (one being our daughter), and of course, graduation certificates were presented.

But the highlight was the scholarship money presented! Half of the students received scholarships (9 students out of 18). Six received $500, two received $1000 and our daughter received a scholarship given in the name of the founder of this school's engineering academy in the amount of $1,500.

Our daughter did have to officially apply and complete among her peers. And there was some scoring given to the board to decide as well. One thing they had to do during the entire time in the academy was to check in on Tuesday mornings wearing their uniform. Apparently, that was what pushed our daughter's score to the highest level because she ALWAYS remembered to wear her uniform and check in. But in the end I think the essay is what convinced the board, at least that is how they made it sound. We are very proud of her and thankful for the monetary acknowledgement of her efforts.

The tuition portion of her first year is going to be very minimal. I swear that in our experience the cost of room and board is the most expensive part. But a few costs at home do go down at the same time to help offset a little bit of it, primarily groceries!

11 Responses to “More Money for College!! ”

  1. Jenn Says:

    Congrats to your daughter! Every bit helps for sure.

    In addition to groceries, it always surprises me to see our lower water bill when the boys are away. Apparently the fewer dishes, clothes, showers, and flushes add up.

  2. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Congratulations! It's so impressive that your daughters keep on getting more and more scholarships! I am going to have to ask you for tips in the future about how they found all these scholarships.

  3. Carol Says:

    Congratulations! How wonderful for all of you!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    LAL, so far our daughters have received all their scholarships from the public universities they are attending or from high school programs they have been involved in. They have applied for small and random third party scholarships, but those have not panned out so far. Make sure your kids to well in school, participate in activities and make an impression on their teachers! This applies for college and high school.

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  6. CB in the City Says:

    Congratulations to your daughter!

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Do you find that even public universities give scholarships like private ones? Did they apply to any private schools? Did you manage to compare the aid packages? So hard to ask these sort of questions.

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    In short yes, public universities have provided us with significant scholarships. Over $71K for our oldest who we pay out of state tuition for, and about $19,200 for our youngest to attend at in state tuition rates, which is effectively half of the current tuition rate, so 50% off. I expect there will be other scholarships as the years progress if she does well. I can't compare this to private because we didn't consider them.

    After a little search I was reminded of
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    this post by Monkey Mama about the common data set each college or university fills out. I couldn't find an exact website, but Google 'common data set' and the university you want to compare. These are published every year, not sure if this counts for private, but lots of information provided.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    That is wonderful! And kudos to your daughter for wearing the uniform and checking in. I'm sure the essay was the deciding factor, but as you and your daughter know, playing the game always helps.

  10. Rachael777 Says:

    congrats to you both!!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How exciting! Goes to show that consistency and effort can definitely pay off!

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