How to Pay for a Political Science Degree

One common question we get is: how am I going to pay for a political science degree? This is because students interested in gaining a good foundation in the study of governments, public policy, political processes and government systems often think of getting their degree in political science, and a college education is not cheap.

Getting your degree in political science will give you a well-rounded college experience that will increase the odds of getting a career you love. But, these are tough economic times and most people don’t have a lot of money to spare, even for something as important as getting a college degree.

Take heart; there are several options to consider when you are asking yourself, “How do I pay for a political science degree?”

Get a Scholarship

There are many excellent scholarships available for students who want to major in political science. Check the specific requirements for each scholarship and tailor the application to fit the entrance criteria. Pay attention to deadline dates for submission and have someone read over your application to ensure it’s flawless.

Some of the more well-known scholarships include the Professor E.A. Rogers Award; the Wayne V. Black Scholarship; the COAG Scholarship; the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund; the TELACU Scholarship Program; the Michael P. Murphy Public Service Graduate Scholarship; the Howard Penniman Graduate Scholarship; the Islamic Scholarship Fund; the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program; the Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship; The Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship of the Lint Center for National Security Studies; the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program; the APSA Minority Fellows Program; the Carl Albert Center Visiting Scholars Grant Program; the Davidson Fellows Scholarship; the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship; the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship; the EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program; the GWCF National Scholarship Competition; the Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship; the Mas Family Scholarship Program, the NFRW Betty Rendel Scholarship; the National Military Intelligence Association Ohio Chapter; The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center; the Public Policy and the International Affairs Program.

Enter A Contest

If you are good at writing, consider entering an essay contest to earn some extra money to finance your college education. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, however your essay must be an original composition. Enter national competitions but don’t pass up local competitions, even if they pay less. Your odds of winning are better with fewer entrants.

A fairly well-known essay contest open to all female high school juniors and seniors is the National Foundation for Women Legislators/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest. The topic for 2012 is examining the role of social media in democracy. The prize is an impressive $3,000.

Get a Job

High school students looking to earn some extra cash for college may want to start working nights, weekends and during the summer. Don’t just confine your search to the want ads in the newspaper. Pound the pavement, going from business to business filling our applications and ask your relatives, friends and acquaintances for leads. Although you may find the job mundane, working those long hours may also earn you valuable experience you can draw from when writing your college essays.

Take Out a Student Loan

While you should try to minimize the amount that you borrow, financing part of your college education is a wise investment in your future. Look for information from your guidance counselor as to reputable student loan companies that offer reasonable interest rates,or talk to your bank. Check out financial aid packages offered by the schools to which you are applying. Features to look for include deferred payments for at least 6-months after you finish school and competitive interest rates.

With lots of options, there’s no excuse not to apply for college next semester!

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