To make the most of your college experience, we recommend taking advantage of resources such as writing/tutoring centers, career services, and the student activities office. They are always free of charge and will help you develop long-lasting relationships with faculty and staff on your campus:
- Tutoring Services: All QuestBridge college partners have tutoring resources, a math and science resource center, or a writing center. Colleges often pay students to serve in these programs, thereby providing you with free academic support and the opportunity to apply to be a peer tutor as part of a campus work experience.
- Office Hours: One of the most obvious yet underused resources is your professors. They know how best to advise you on any academic questions that you may have. Walk in during office hours or e-mail them. It is a good idea to begin developing close bonds with these people early because later on they may write strong letters of recommendation when you apply to professional school, internships, and jobs.
- Deans: Deans are great resources for just about everything. They are there to assist you in your college experiences, particularly if you feel your academic workload is overwhelming or you need advice for getting your QSN chapter approved as an official student group. Deans also love to hear about your interests and achievements both in and out of the classroom.
Financial Aid Resources
QuestBridge Scholars accepted to our college partners often receive generous financial aid packages. While we are still here to be of assistance to you in life after high school, unfortunately we cannot address your specific financial aid situation because each scholarship package is unique to the person and college. However, if you need assistance, we highly recommend the following:
- Your first stop should be your college’s office of financial aid. If you are still unclear or unsatisfied with financial matters, ask if you can make an appointment with a Dean. The financial aid office may be the "keepers" of grants, scholarships, and loans, but they are not the only stop for financial aid concerns.
- Fortunately, there are further funding resources you can seek in college and beyond. Look for national organizations that offer scholarships for travel or study, such as the Rotary, Fulbright, Rhodes, Truman, and Watson.
- Sometimes extenuating and unforeseen circumstances require that you need extra money beyond what financial aid packages permit. If this is the case, look into getting a subsidized loan from your financial aid office. Because the federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans, you won't be charged any interest before you begin repaying the loan.
Savvy Spending Guide
Depending on whether your financial aid package covers textbooks, travel, and laptop computers, you have several options for getting the most for your money.
- Textbooks: Check out websites such as half.com and ecampus.com that offer deals and low prices for college students. Don’t forget that you can sell back your books at the end of each term for money!
- Travel: Decide ahead of time, if possible, when you will be traveling to and from college. Then search online for the cheapest tickets and buy them well in advance. If you're going home for winter break, for example, consider buying your tickets over the summer. Use your academic calendar to find out when classes begin and end so that you do not travel before your finals are over. Websites like studentuniverse.com, kayak.com, and travelzoo.com may be very useful for your travel needs, as they allow you to compare prices on different airlines.
- Computer Access: Most college students have personal computers. Your college will have computer stations that you can use free of charge, or may even by able to offer a loaner. Here are some other tips:
- Use the desktop computers in your dorm or library.
- Ask the library or media department if they loan laptops.
- Talk to your financial aid office. They may help you purchase a laptop with either a grant or a loan.