Students who wonder how they will pay for their next semester of classes can look at scholarships for some financial relief.
Scholarships are funds that are available to assist students with their education. And students at Salt Lake Community College can take advantage of these opportunities to save money.
Pamela Brooks, assistant director of the Financial Aid Office, says that SLCC offers scholarships based on a wide variety of circumstances.
“Some are need-based, some are not,” she says. “There is merit-based, which is generally based on academic performance; there are scholarships that are open to people who fall into certain groups; there [are] athletic [scholarships].”
SLCC scholarships used to be posted at different times on the financial aid website, which made it hard for students to know when to apply for some awards. Brooks says SLCC will soon allow students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application.
“It is going to really streamline that process for students,” she adds.
Most scholarships have minimum academic requirements, and many of these funds require students to meet the minimum GPA standards of their school. However, specific merit-based scholarships usually require a higher GPA.
“Most scholarships also carry a credit-hour limit in terms of how many credit hours you need to be taking each semester. If you fall below that [limit] or do not enroll, then you are not eligible for the scholarship,” Brooks says.
Brooks says there are also national scholarship search sites that students can apply through.
“What these basically do is gather a lot of information about you and recommend some scholarships that you may qualify for,” she says.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on SLCC scholarships, or to begin the application process.