Many people will say that their years in college were the best of their lives, and with tips for finding and applying for scholarships, there is an affordable path to get there. College is a milestone where students are able to explore new experiences, meet new people, and develop independence all while gaining a quality education. Unfortunately, beginning your college journey comes at a high cost. With an estimated student debt in the United States of $1.6 trillion (yes, that’s a lot of zeros!), many college applicants are working hard to find another way of funding their education: scholarships. Obtaining scholarship funding helps students attend college with less stress by relaxing their financial burden. However, while scholarship opportunities abound, they can sometimes be hard to find. Because Testive is committed to helping you achieve your college goals, we have identified some helpful tips to launch a successful scholarship search.

1.  Start Early

Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.”

Plan early for scholarship applications!

In other words, you should plan on applying for scholarships at the beginning of your senior year. The scholarship cycle runs in three phases: fall semester, spring semester, and summer before college matriculation. The fall semester is when scholarship availability kicks off for seniors with deadlines usually in October and December. Additionally, the spring semester is often considered the high season for scholarships. The deadlines are typically spread throughout the semester with spring break a perfect opportunity to use free time to polish a resume and submit applications. Lastly, the summer months provide a few more last-minute scholarship o