News source offers New Year’s tips for looking for a scholarship

December 31, 2012

Scholarship America - an ongoing column from U.S. News and World Report, has scrounged up some advice for college students hoping to start their new year by being awarded financial aid for school through a scholarship program.

Some of the news source's advice is common knowledge. Seeking out and applying for as many scholarships for college as possible, combining online and local resources to enhance your knowledge and options for scholarships, participating in activities and volunteer work and filling out a FAFSA are all recommended. But one other bit of advice isn't quite as expected. U.S. News and World Report states that social media could help students find financial aid for college if they follow certain Twitter and Facebook feeds that specialize in spreading the word about worthwhilie scholarships.

But that's not the only way students could use social media to their advantage during their college application journey. U.S. News has also reported on a study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which showed that more than one quarter of colleges check out the online presence of candidates for certain scholarships and programs online.

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