College is an investment in your future for which you should start planning now. Fortunately, the cost of attending an Oklahoma state college or university is among the lowest in the nation, and many sources of financial aid are available to help manage the cost.
As you might imagine, various factors can affect college expenses, including the type of college or university, the number of courses a student takes, the student's major, and his or her personal lifestyle. One way to prepare for the cost is for you and your parents to begin saving for college as soon as possible because the more you save, the less you'll need when you start college.
Applying for financial aid is a very important step for many students. There are resources available to guide you through the application process if you need help or have questions. Start early to prepare yourself for the financial aid process, along with all other aspects of the college experience, using the Planner Timeline. This is an important moment, and early preparation will help you make the best possible decisions for your future.
Take some time to read through the next few pages. OKcollegestart.org will teach you the basics and help you get started!
In performing your own Internet search, use keywords that apply to your situation, including:
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Try searching both “scholarship” and “scholarships,” as you will get different results. Also try multiple forms of other words, for example, dentist/dentistry and disabled/disability/disabilities.
Be sure you note the eligibility requirements, instructions and deadlines for scholarships. Follow them carefully! Don’t give them a reason not to consider you for the award.
Some of these hints can also be useful in searching for pre-college or summer opportunities, like camps and academies, for younger students. Examples: summer science academy oklahoma, music camp oklahoma, etc.
Web site addresses can change, so if you have problems accessing a site, try these suggestions:
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- Search for the name of the scholarship or keywords in an Internet search engine. For example, a search for “coca-cola two year college scholarships” in Google will lead you to the link to the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.