I applied for
anything which looked remotely useful - learned that from my sister. I
used my gender and ethnicity to my advantage (no flames on that
please...if some group wanted to give money to an hispanic American
woman, I wasn't going to bite a gift horse in the mouth..or whatever
that saying is. Even those organisations that offer $1-200 per year
or semester are helpful! There are so many small groups that want to
help out a struggling student. The most it involved in my case was
spending the time to fill out applications (which I was going to do
anyway), and writing thank you notes or updates to those organisations.
It's *worth* it, IMO.
Some things to consider - if you already have a place to live where you
are, are you planning to stay in the area?
If not, consider the unis
that are in lower cost of living areas (eg UC Riverside or Davis; many
of the Cal States)as that will help your funding situation. Keep up
that 4.0 GPA, but try to get some other activities in there (outside
things are always good for scholarships).
Also, if you have an AS degree, likely that will count towards 2 years
of the 4 year degree. Saving $$ as well as time. *However* it's very
important to make sure it counts. It doesn't automatically! Once you
decide which school you'd like to go to, find out what their
requirements are for transfer (this will vary by department from school
to school and within depts in a school).
Yes, I have a job here in San Jose. I rent a room in someone's house so
all of my salary doesn't go to housing (my attempt at being frugal)
because the rent here is outrageous.
Unfortunately I took out a loan to pay for a trade school years back and
defaulted on it, so my credit sucks.
This is what I plan to do, but the only thing I don't know what the
differences are between the schools. Like there is San Jose State and
then theres Santa Clara University nearby. What's the difference? How
do I know which one is right? Ugh, I hate being ignorant.