Every student at Colorado Christian University has a unique story, and the process of securing financial aid can be just as diverse and full of opportunity as the student body itself — if you know where to look. There are a variety of scholarships for non-traditional students available, but the search can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. To get you started, here are five tips for finding a scholarship that supports your background.
1. Figure out What Makes You Unique
Before you begin your search, clarify what makes you a non-traditional student. Whether its age, race, military service, gender, income, or work history, understand what makes you a unique and qualified candidate for scholarships for non-traditional students. You’ll be able to save time by narrowing your scholarship search from the start, and have a better chance at finding a good match.
2. Search Your Networks
Within your personal and professional networks, a scholarship could be right under your nose! Check with your employer and any clubs or organizations that you belong to and find out if they offer scholarships or financial aid to students pursuing higher education. Military benefits, employer reimbursement, and various private organizations offer assistance for students from a large range of non-traditional backgrounds from single mothers to even duck calling enthusiasts!
3. Check outside Resources
Don’t forget to search the large databases that are searchable by qualification to target scholarships for non-traditional students like you. Visit CCU’s financial aid and scholarship resource page for a great list of external scholarship sources. You can narrow the criteria to match your student type and discover all the options available for adult learners, minority students, and more.
4. Look for State Funding
Colorado does offer a few grants for non-traditional students, like those with financial need or plan to pursue a specific field of study. The TEACH Grant, for example, is designed for students who plan to become full-time teachers in low-income school systems. Grants, like scholarships, do not need to be paid back to the government, so they are a great way to finance your education.
5. Ask Us!
The financial aid staff at Colorado Christian University is ready to help explain options for scholarships for non-traditional students. Download a copy of the Financial Aid Handbook from our website to get started, email us or give us a call at (303) 963-3230. CCU wants each and every student to succeed in pursing his or her dreams, no matter what background!