How do you get better scholarships at a private college? These strategies will go a long way to making sure you get the best possible financial aid package.  


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  1. Demonstrate interest - visits and phone calls, or Skype if you can't visit. What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
  2. Exceed the average test scores of other applicants. How to Ace the SAT or ACT: Get the best possible score with the least possible stress
  3. Have genuine interests on your activity list. Add an Abbreviated Activities List to Your Transcript. How to Create an Extraordinary Activity List for Perfectly Ordinary Teens
  4. Write great personal essays in your application. Tips for Tackling College Application Essays.
  5. Apply early - and beat the deadline by at least a month. 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
  6. Complete the FAFSA during October of senior year, so you get need-based scholarships. Need Based Scholarship White Paper: FAFSA Information and Tips
  7. Homeschool records are a big deal, so make sure you have comprehensive homeschool records ready to go when you start to apply. 

Beyond just private schools, though, to really get scholarships, be sure you are applying to 4-8 colleges, a mix of public and private universities. You want a mix of reach, fit, and safety schools. You can find out more about that here. Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

 If scholarships are a big concern to you, take my free class "Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers" to learn more ideas to maximize your financial aid.

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