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    How to Get Scholarships for Part Time Students

    By Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Varonika Ware is a content writer at Scholarships360. Varonika earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. During her time at LSU, she worked with the Center of Academic Success to create the weekly Success Sunday newsletter. Varonika also interned at the Louisiana Department of Insurance in the Public Affairs office with some of her graphics appearing in local news articles.

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    Updated: May 1st, 2024
    How to Get Scholarships for Part Time Students

    Attending college part-time is a great way to obtain a college education even if you aren’t in a position to enroll full-time. Luckily, there are many scholarships out there for part-time students. While many scholarships require full-time enrollment, some have no requirements and some even cater specifically to part time students. 

    We’ve assembled a guide to show part time students how to find scholarships that match their demographic and life situation. We also recommend that you look through our other scholarship lists to find potential matches; there are many scholarships out there that allow part time student candidates.

    Look for scholarships that cater to your situation

    As a part time student, you may have extenuating life circumstances that prohibit you from enrolling full-time. These circumstances can actually make you uniquely qualified for selective scholarships; it’s a good idea to seek these scholarships out, as they tend to have smaller applicant pools and are catered to specific situations.

    Some examples of situations that would encourage part-time enrollment are parenthood, disabilities/illnesses, and job/career responsibilities. Each of these considerations could prevent you from devoting yourself to full-time studies, but they also qualify you for many scholarships! Here are some of our scholarship lists for demographics that commonly enroll part time:

    You can also make use of our personalized scholarship search tool, which will custom-match you to vetted scholarships and automatically update with new opportunities.

    Utilize the Pell Grant

    The Federal Pell Grant is available to all students who demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The amount that you will receive depends on a broad variety of factors, including your family’s income, your enrollment status, and your assets. However, students of any enrollment status are eligible for Pell Grant funds, so be sure to fill out your FAFSA in a timely manner to ensure that you are considered for Pell Grant funds.

    Read more: When is the 2023-2024 FAFSA deadline?

    Use your life experiences in your applications

    If you have a story to tell in your applications, make sure that you tell it! Part time students can arise from a complex life situation, which can leave an impression on scholarship applications. If you have beaten the odds to obtain a higher education, you should ensure that your readers know however much of the story you feel comfortable telling.

    Part time students with children can discuss the lessons they have learned from balancing an education and raising their children. Students who are working full-time can discuss the life skills they have picked up from their job. Students with disabilities can mention the lessons they have learned from managing their disabilities.

    When you are telling your story, make sure to zoom out and discuss how your experiences have impacted you as a student, as a person, and as a future member of the workforce. Reflecting on your experiences is a key part to standing out from the crowd.

    Read more: How to write a winning scholarship essay

    Good luck on your search for scholarships. Remember to utilize what makes you unique to stand out from the crowd! Seeking out scholarships that appeal to your life story, and telling that story succinctly and powerfully will make a strong impression on your reader.

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    Key Takeaways

    Key Takeaways

    • As a part-time student, you’re better off looking for scholarships that suit your interests, demographics, and locality, than you are looking for specifically part-time scholarships
    • Many scholarships allow both part-time and full-time applicants to apply
    • Make sure to use your life experiences in your applications and describe the strategies you use to balance your personal life with a part-time education
    • Try out our scholarship search tool to find vetted opportunities specifically for part-time students
    • Remember to fill out the FAFSA to take advantage of the Pell Grant

    Frequently asked questions about scholarships for part time students

    What are some other funding options for part-time students?

    All students have numerous options when it comes to paying for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, and tuition assistance. Part-time students should look into tuition reimbursement opportunities. Especially if you’re currently working, so be sure to ask your superiors about employee benefits such as tuition assistance.

    Are Pell Grants only available to undergraduate students?

    Yes. Pell Grants cater specifically to soon-to-be and current undergraduates in financial need. Graduate students still have opportunities to earn grants and graduate assistantships if needed.

    When should I fill out the FAFSA as a part time student?

    The FAFSA is one of the first steps in your journey toward college. You should start working on your FAFSA as soon as you start your applications. This can give your parents or guardians time to gather all the necessary information and allows you to decide which colleges you want to send your FAFSA to.

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