Students must be given the means to easily apply to qualify for financial aid. That’s why GATE College System and Red Kite are so important to their outcomes.
Myth 1: All Rules Governing Financial Aid Are The Same? False.
Myth 2: Private schools are always more expensive than state schools? False.
The EFCis the same regardless of which school a student plans to attend. Looking at the sticker price can be the main factor in trying to build a list for novices. In GATE they learn to negotiate and strategize how to optimize their free tuition and fees. Similar to buying a used car, this is not about finding the most inexpensive option possible. Large state schools and universities often receive financial assistance from their state governments to help make them more affordable, but many private schools that publish a high tuition rate actually have very large endowments from alumni, local business, and other donors, enabling these private schools to discount their tuition and offer very handsome financial aid packages for desirable candidates.GATE helps students optimize GPAs, maximize test scores and create outstanding essays in its G-A-T-E sequence, which coupled with Red Kite’s scholarship application ease makes a world of difference for first generation and other socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
Myth 3: Out-of-state schools are always more expensive? False.
Colleges and universities publish an increased rate of tuition for out-of-state students, whose permanent residence is elsewhere. If a student wants to study oceanography or marine biology and wildlife, they may need to move near an ocean. However, few want to pay the increase in costs for out-of-state students. College tuition can be negotiated if the school wants to recruit a student, and of late this tends to be most common for majors in one of the STEM fields. A well-balanced list will include both in-state and out-of-state options–GATE helps students identify the right-fit schools while keeping the financial equation squarely in view.
Myth 4: Scholarships are mostly for athletes? False.
Millions of dollars in scholarships is left unclaimed every year, from donors that are exceptionally far-reaching. Some scholarships are based on athletics or need, but many are merit-based instead. For example, many schools offer scholarships for athletics but they also offer scholarships for academic achievement, essay contests, particular majors, and other criteria. In addition, scholarships are often available through local businesses, banks, credit unions or churches–but if a student doesn’t know it exists, he or she can’t apply. There are many national contests for scholarships including fun ones ones for things like candy recipes.Red Kite’s help for students within the GATE platform means they access not only widely publicized opportunities that tend to be more competitive and time-consuming, but also hundreds of unusual scholarships, like ones for students who can demonstrate an understanding of copyrights, can show an ability to work with fire sprinklers, can attest they do not use tobacco, or even qualify by being unusually tall or left handed. There are even scholarships for students who have certain last names! Red Kite helps locate and collate, so all GATE students access every penny out there they can and should apply to receive.
Find & Apply
Millions of dollars’ worth of scholarships go unused every year, simply because no one applies for them.
Until GATE and Red Kite, most public schools lacked the resources to help students do all the searching for scholarships. Never again will a budget-constrained district have its hands tied when it comes to getting aid for its students. In these days of a national average of 482 students per one college counselor, with 1000 to one ratios in some large urban centers, digital support can make a significant impact, improving the future for millions of deserving students.