Aid that isn't Need-Based

Or…take a leave from your college. Get a full time job at UPS, Chick Filet or Starbucks. Plan to continue working as they offer tuition benefits to their employees

There are non-need scholarships out there, but they require some type of talent. Athletic scholarships, music, art, eagle scout, some type of computer skill or science competition. There are leadership scholarships which probably require an essay. There are scholarships for students going into certain fields. My credit union gives one to business students.

One of my s’s friends won half a million $ on Big Brother. Maybe you could enter that or another reality show.

This poster has stated he is s rising college sophomore. Most scholarships are for incoming freshmen. He isn’t one.


“Avoid and deflect problems”? Sounds like you know how to dodge responsibility and shift blame to others. And that would make colleges want to throw money at you because…?

I just glanced at OP’s thread on whether or not he should replace his 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design that has 19k miles on it, and one page of that thread is more than enough. OP doesn’t need any advice on non-traditional financial aid because a) he probably won’t actually absorb any advice tossed his way, and b) it sure sounds like he’s not in danger of running out of money for college expenses.

Alright, to address everyone’s questions I’ll just make a blanket comment:

  1. It is true I am a rising Sophomore.
  2. Yes, I did state I'll most likely finance 100k to finish my degree off.
  3. However, I asked for non-need based aid because my cousin managed to score some sort of scholarship/grant or something to finance half of his tuition. As much as I am all for the banks, it would be nice not to have that much debt on hand to make way for future purchases.
  4. FAFSA screwed me out a little because it raised my EFC for my sophomore year. I tried to get my financial aid office to give me more but either they're being stingy or I just don't have the right approach to them. I tried explaining to them that running two European vehicles aren't exactly cheap which I believe heavily shows that I need the aid to offset the tuition cost if possible.
  5. Well as for stats here they are: HS GPA: 3.78 College GPA: 2.8 ACT: 21 SAT: 1060 I didn't do so hot in my first year of college due to a myriad of reasons but primarily it was because what I thought would work in fact didn't work so that was a bit of a misadventure.
  6. I thought about working at chick fil a for that or McDonalds but I just can't because I find it quite embarrassing to arrive at a McDonalds in a shiny new XC90 and hop out in an McD uniform. I am applying for other jobs though in more white collar areas so at least my car won't stand out like a sore thumb.

I appreciate everyone’s assistance. Even with the sly sarcastic comments, I appreciate those as well lol. You gotta embrace the small things in life.

  1. So ask your cousin where he "scored" that big scholarship!
  2. FAFSA is based on your/your parents' tax filing. FAFSA didn't "screw you a little". So either you had a sibling that's no longer in school or your parent's tax returns showed a higher income or maybe (someone with this info off the top of your head please chime in) the income protection amount might have changed this year. Who knows. But no, they didn't screw you. You /your parents bought a car you can't afford. You screwed yourself.
  3. If you think they are going to give you more FA because you bought and have to pay for an expensive car, (and maintain 2 of them)I have a bridge to sell you. That really made me truly LOL.
  4. Don't know where you attend school, but those grades/test scores are not competitive for any scholarships. But you know that.
  5. Sell one of the cars and pay for college. Its worth more in the long run than the car.
  6. I still think this whole story is not believable.

That last post by OP put me firmly in the “this is a bored high schooler” camp.


This is a joke, right?

Well, I know my stats aren’t competitive. That’s why I had financing ready to go in the instance the school’s financial aid department decided to be stingy. I can handle loaning the amount but if other routes were available, I would wish to pursue them you know. Student loans wreck your credit score balance which in turn makes it harder to finance future loans. I mean, people get scholarships for being left-handed or get a high enough score on SAT/ACT, why can’t people also get scholarships for having a nice car or quite talented at debate (which I am cause I did win a state championship).

Also, somebody suggested that I sell my cars, but what would I drive if I sell them both?

Wow, just wow. @skieurope, please shut down this thread AND this pretend poster. He can then go flying off to never never land at 100 miles per hour, but will have his fancy radar to avoid a ticket.

Student loans HELP your credit score if you actually pay the loans as agreed.

You said you aren’t interested in need based aid because you don’t qualify and then complain that your Pell grant was reduced. A Pell grant is need based aid.

Are you left handed? Then apply for the left handed scholarship.

If you are asking if there is a scholarship for someone who drives two Volvos, I don’t think there is. The McD’s and Starbucks schoarships/aid are going to go to workers who aren’t embarrassed to go to work in a Volvo or VW or on the city bus. I think you wll be borrowing your way through school to protect your pride.

Hey hey, @CottonTales no need for the hostile sarcasm. I just wanted honest assistance.

And well @twoinanddone I think your right… no scholarships/grants can be acquired that are actually a lot and can make significant differences in the tuition amount. However, after searching for a while, it looks like I might be able to pull some internships at companies that are willing to provide tuition assistance in trade of working for them for a certain amount of time.

I think you are the one being sarcastic, especially about having to have not one but TWO $60k cars. We just don’t believe you.

Go get such an internship but I doubt they exist. Private companies cannot have you work free unless you are also getting college credit for the internship. They can’t pay with tuition assistance in lieu of a salary.

Where did this two expensive Volvo owner say he has a Pell Grant?

@MrThatcher sell your cars. Pay your college costs. You can survive without a car. You can definitely survive without expensive cars. Your argument about needing a car is ridiculous.

I think this is what led posters to believe OP has a Pell Grant. I wondered about that when he brought up the cars. He seems very concerned with outward appearances. Something he said in that thread (I forget exactly what) made me think that instead of being incredibly wealthy OP’s parents may be on the other end of the spectrum.

I said I was never eligible for a pell grant (which I find totally unfair). Plus, how would I get to work and places if I don’t have a car? I’ll admit after living with the new Volvo for a few weeks now… I cannot at all live without the ventilated seats. I mean the heat is bad where I am but when I get into the new Volvo, it is like being engulfed in a sea of coolness.

Anyway, you gotta keep a good image of yourself in life. That is the one thing people see you as. The right car can do wonders for your life and I know it did for me.

As fascinating as I have found this thread to be, I have run out of popcorn. Just in time, because I don’t think there is anything original left to say. Closing thread.