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Homeschoolers Looking for Big Scholarships: Aim Low and Aim High!

June 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 176

If your college-bound student needs to find a really big scholarship in order to afford college, finding the perfect fit college should be a very important part of their search. For the bigger scholarships, students should aim low, which means searching for colleges that make them look like a genius in comparison to other applicants.

Some people might say that your child should apply to a more challenging school, and they certainly have a point. But when you really need help paying for college, then you've got to do what you've got to do, which sometimes means not aiming for the most rigorous college, but for the one that's going to give the best financial aid.

The perfect fit college is the one where your child will compare well against the other applicants, where their test scores are better than those of the other applicants. Even if their scores aren't perfect, if they're better than the other applicants' scores, they will stand out.

In addition to being the best qualified applicant that the college will see that year, you also want to convey to the school that you really want to go to there, because they won't be tempted to give you scholarship money if they sense that you wouldn't go to their school even if offered that great scholarship.

Compare your student's SAT or ACT scores to the school's average incoming freshman SAT or ACT score, which you can find in a variety of books that compare college statistics, such as the US News and College Guide.

Even as you're aiming low, make certain that your child is truly interested in that school, and that they have the strengths that you are demonstrating. Make sure that you're honest at all costs, because it will all find you out later. Don't say that a school is your number-one school if it isn't. Even if it's not your first-choice school, you can still show that you love them.

The next strategy is to aim high. Once you have found a college that will make your child look like a genius, aim high within that college by choosing an in-demand field of study. Fields like math, science and engineering have great scholarships right now. Nursing has great scholarships; it is a very in-demand field.

If you do happen to have a daughter who's very good at math and science, engineering schools are dying for female students. There are very few young women who are in engineering schools. If your student is interested, try to stretch to a major which that particular college will value and want very much.

But don't get caught in the trap of looking so much to the future that you forget to give them a rigorous home high school education. Failing to prepare your student for college is one of "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School." Learn how to avoid all 5 mistakes in my free e-mail mini-course.

My Comprehensive Record Solution will show you how to create professional homeschool records that will AMAZE the colleges!

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, is a homeschool high school expert. Both her two boys earned full-tuition scholarships at their first choice university. Search for "The HomeScholar" to find out how she did it!

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