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Start looking for ways to help pay for your college education.

The cost of a college education is rapidly increasing so if you are planning on going to college, you should start putting yourself in a position to get scholarships and grants as early as possible. In other words, you need to start looking for ways to help yourself.

There are literally thousands of scholarships, fellowships, grants and other merit based awards offered to students to help pay for college education, but, as a student, you have to do the leg work to find them and put yourself in a position to receive them.

You have to start early, even before you enter high school. Participation is the key. You have to join clubs and organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, the American Legion, 4-H and Future Farmers of America, Golf Clubs, and participate in other extracurricular activities. Volunteer to work at hospitals, nursing homes, retirement centers, and other medical facilities. Become a candy stripper.

Get involved in sports. You don't have to be a sports superstar to get an athletic scholarships but you have to work hard at it. You have to make your coach notice you by always giving your best effort. Most colleges offer athletic scholarships, not just in football, baseball, basketball and soccer, but in archery, bowling, cycling, canoeing, swimming, diving, sailing, wrestling, and other sports.

The more clubs and organizations you participate in, the more opportunities will arise for you to be awarded scholarships and grants. Talk to your teachers, guidance counselors, and your parents as soon as possible about how you can put yourself in a position to get scholarships and grants.

Your grades are also very important. The higher your GPA, the better chances you will have for receiving scholarships and other financial aid.

As a student, you should start preparing for college as early as possible. With the ever increasing costs of getting a higher education, you will need scholarships and grants to help pay for tuition and other associated costs.

Check with your states' Department of Education for a list of scholarships being offered in your state or click on MoneyMatters101.com sections Scholarships by States and Grants by States.

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