Just because we dream of going to college doesn't mean we can dream up the money it takes to pay for a formal education. Dreaming aside, there are other ways to make the money appear and all it usually takes is a visit or phone call to a financial advisor in the administrative offices of the school of choice.
One of the first possibilities we're likely to learn about is scholarship education money. This is money awarded to students for any number of reasons and almost everyone qualifies for some sort of scholarship assistance.
To determine who gets scholarship education money, and how much, the entities that award the scholarship monies often look to a perspective student's achievements during his or her high school years.
Only deserving students qualify for scholarship education assistance but the criteria for determining who deserves what differs from one scholarship program to the next.
High school students actively involved with community affairs are frequently granted scholarship education money from community-based organizations such as the Lions and Rotary Clubs. When a student is closely associated with a particular part of the community, say an environmental or green organization, it's quite likely the organization will grant some education money, especially if the student plans to follow a related course of study.
Churches often provide scholarship education money to the graduating seniors in their congregations who plan to enroll in college. In fact, many church-based organizations and committees spend the year in fund-raising activities in order to earn the funds to sponsor their church member students.
Sometimes a parent's employer has a benefits package available that offers scholarship education money for the children of the company's employees. This is a very valuable company benefit that many parents don't even know about and sometimes these programs go sadly underutilized.
Gifted athletes, musicians, performing artists, and students with other outstanding talents are frequently awarded scholarship education money from colleges and universities who value their talents so they offer the money as incentive to the student to enroll at their facilities and not become competition coming from a rival school.
Not all dreams come true but the dreams of college might when scholarship education money is available. And it often is available, just for the asking.