Throughout the years, I've noticed that many of the families I've worked with have focused exclusively on getting into college throughout high school. There's a sense that you ought to know where you're going and what it will cost before figuring out the financial side of the equation.
Unfortunately, though, delaying thinking about paying for college can cause you to leave a lot of money on the table. As important as it is to consider the paying for college question in normal times, it's even more important to think about it in a year in which so much is in flux in our lives.
Since the FAFSA that you fill out starting in October 2020 will not take into account how COVID-19 may have impacted your finances this year, private scholarships are a great way to fill any gap that the institutional calculations based on your 2019 tax return may leave.
Today's interview with Jocelyn Pearson of The Scholarship System will shed light on how you can approach the scholarship search this year and beyond.
About Jocelyn Pearson
Jocelyn is the founder of The Scholarship System, an online program designed to help families avoid college debt by teaching them how to earn thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Necessity is the mother of invention and, as the oldest of 5 kids, Jocelyn needed to find a way to pay her own way for college. She founded the The Scholarship System after graduating college with no student loans.
To date, The Scholarship System has saved families over $2.5 million -- and counting! Learn more about Jocelyn and her team @ TheScholarshipSystem.com.