I can’t believe how much paperwork is involved with sending your child to University. Some papers you must fill in over a year in advance. Some you can’t fill in until graduation. In between there are more forms than I could keep track of.
In Canada, there are many places to find free money including companies you or your family works for, places you do business with, (i.e. banks,) your high school, civic organizations and the college or university you are considering. As well:
Here’s my advice to anyone considering university or college – yourself or your child: [tweetthis]Start filling the out the applications over a year before your first day at university or college. [/tweetthis]
It doesn’t matter too much as this point where you think you will go or what you will attend. The thing is, many of these financial gift applications/contests close for submission in October of the year BEFORE you start. So if you wait until September, you will be tied up with the whole school thing and you will BE TOO LATE.
Some of these applications are due by October. More by November. And in the case of the really big ones, many are due December 1st. We learned this the hard way.
Thousands of dollars in free money is not claimed every year at post secondary schools. Make sure you ask for help in the financial aid office!
Once you have a general idea of what school you’d like to attend, or at least have some semi-finalists, you should apply to their contests. If you win but decide not to attend those schools, you can politely decline the award. If you wait until the first week of December, you might be too late.