Editor: Hezekiyah Luster
Applying for educational scholarships and grants is very important as the government continues to cut financial aid.
Insidehighered.com states, “The elimination of federal financial aid for college-bound high school students was one of several cuts in the federal budget. Like many of the other changes, the cut hits especially hard at community colleges and for-profit colleges, which enroll more students based on an “ability to benefit” test than do traditional four-year colleges.
College is stressful enough without having to worry about tuition and paying thousands of dollars in student loans after graduation.
Cumberland County College looks to help students reach their academic goals without financial worry.
The Foundation Office and Board strive to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to attend college and successfully complete their educational careers at Cumberland County College. Through generous donations made by individuals, CCC alumni, faculty, staff and corporations, the college awards over $500,000 in scholarships each year.
There are around 110 scholarships offered to incoming, current, and transferring students. To apply, simply go to http://www.cccnj.edu and click on the About Us page. In the Foundation tab, students will find a list of each scholarship awarded at Cumberland County College and a description of each.
Most applicants find that they are eligible to apply for more than one scholarship, which increases chances of being awarded money to help with tuition and textbooks.
Certain factors that scholarships require are 2.0 minimum GPA, specific sports, certain majors, community service and even whether or not a student has children or lives on their own.
Along with a completed application, students must write essays and/or get recommendation letters from teachers if the scholarship description requires it.
Regardless of the amount of scholarships submitted for, only one completed form is necessary Students simply have to list the names of the scholarships they want to apply for at the top of the application.
Applications are to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to CCC Foundation, Attn: Kim Ackerman, P.O. Box 1500, Vineland, NJ 08362-1500.
College students will have a hard time making up for reduced funding in the new school year as federal budget cuts take hold. Grants are another way to fight the decreases in funding.
According to scholarships.com, grants are financial aid that you don’t have to repay. Generally, you must be an undergraduate student, and the amount you receive depends on your need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status (full time or part time). The maximum amount a student can receive in Federal Pell Grant money for the 2012-2013 award year (July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014) is $5,635. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) range from $100 to $4,000.
With guidance and support from the Financial Aid and Foundation Offices, CCC helps bridge the gap with scholarship opportunites so students can earn a quality education at an affordable price.