$ Top 7 Wackiest Scholarships $

money treeYour college expenses might be adding up, but did you know that there are MILLIONS of dollars out there for the taking? And some of these scholarships are downright wacky. Here are seven of our favorites:

  1. Zombie Apocalypse Survival –Summon your inner Rick or Michonne and jot down your ideas for how to stay alive during a walker-type situation. This essay contest could get you a very lively sum of $2,000.
  2. The Underwater Scholarship – Whether your dreams include Marine Biology, Photography or maybe even Basket Weaving, this scholarship gives you the opportunity to study undersea alongside area experts.
  3. No Meat, No Problem – If you are a proud Vegan or Vegetarian, and you do not mind spreading the word in your school – you may be interested to know that you could be awarded up to $10,000 for a meatless crusade.
  4. Make a Sticky Prom Get-Up – Get out the Duct Tape and let the creative juices flow! The best sticky prom couple wins $10,000 each for a college education.
  5. View from the Top – If you are tall, meaning a girl that’s at least 5’10” or a guy that’s at least 6’2”, you could be eligible for a steep reward.
  6. Money for Candy Makers – The Willy Wonkas of the world are looking for a few new Charlies! If you are interested in inventing the next Butterfinger, this is the Scholarship for you.
  7. Si Robertson’s Favorite – If you are the ultimate Duck Dynasty fan looking for a way to use your newly acquired duck-call skills… or you are a legitimate duck hunter, check out this scholarship contest in Arkansas.

If you aren’t into Zombies, Vegetables or Candy, you may want to start by reviewing the Pensacola State College’s Scholarship Resource page. November 1, 2014 is the deadline for the Financial Aid Office Scholarship application, turn yours in today!

 

College = Money in the Bank!

money in the bankThe economy may seem to be flat, and in many places, the cost of tuition keeps inching up. BUT, this doesn’t mean college isn’t worth it. The Federal Reserve of New York says that the value of an Associate’s degree over a lifetime is about $325,000.

That means that earners who graduate with Associate’s degree make $325,000 more over their lifespan than earners who have a high school diploma.

In order to ensure that you are making the best investment possible, it is important to consider a few things about your college and degree options:

  1. What will you pay? Take into consideration the total estimated cost of attendance. Is there potential for federal grants and scholarships? Will you have to take out a loan as a last resort? You can use PSC’s Net Price Calculator to get an idea of what you will pay here.
  2. What will you earn? College certificates and degrees should lead to more earning power. Consider the cost of your college of choice compared to what you will make in your chosen profession. You can check out the earning power of your degree by using PSC’s Career Coach. Or, set up an appointment with a Career Advisor to discuss your options.
  3. Can you finish? A half-finished degree may help, but completion is the key to a good return. Consider taking a manageable number of classes, and limiting your other responsibilities, if possible. If you are struggling, contact an Academic Advisor for advice and resources that can help you succeed.

It might seem like tuition is expensive, and the time you spend studying is arduous… But persistence is required! However, in the long run, your college career is one of the most profitable investments you can make. For more smart money tips, including creative ways to pay for that college degree, check out our favorite money training site – CashCourse!

Win Big! Money Matters Week Essay Contest, Sept. 22-26

Helping PSC Become Financially Fit

You are invited to PSC’s third annual
Money Matters Week, Sept. 22-26.

Get your wallet in shape and help your students to do the same by participating in the Faculty Drawing and Essay Contest.

 Money Matters Faculty Drawing

  • WINNER: Pizza party for one class of your choice and a framed certificate for your office
  • WHO:      Any full-time or adjunct faculty member
  • WHAT:    Invite a Money Matters speaker for a brief classroom presentation. Call 484-1817 or email moneymatters@pensacolastate.edu
  • WHEN:   Contact Money Matters by Sept. 26 to be entered in the drawing

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Money Matters Student Essay Contest

Prizes for top 2 essays!

  • WHO:      Any currently enrolled PSC student
  • WHAT:    Word-processed essay, 450-500 words. Share what you have learned about managing money that has been life-changing.
  • WHEN:   Oct. 3, 2014 deadline. Include Student ID # with your submission. Essays are not returned.
  • WHERE:   English Department, Building 4, Pensacola campus; OR to your English teacher; OR email to dryals@pensacolastate.edu.

1st Place Prize: VIP Parking on campus for one year (special pass to park in on-campus spots, except handicapped)
2nd Place Prize: FitBit Ultra (valued at $100)
Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 13.

Free Stuff in Pensacola, Florida

summerSaving your money does not mean your life has to be boring! Here is a list of FREE events in the Pensacola Area this summer:

1. Free Concerts– Enjoy live music by the water with Bands on the Beach on Tuesdays, in a historic park on Thursdays with Evenings in Olde Seville Square, and in the Maritime Park Amphitheater on Sundays. Bring a picnic and some lawn chairs to enjoy a nice, inexpensive evening with friends, family or a special someone!

2. Free Art – Gallery Nights light up Downtown Pensacola on the 3rd Friday of the month! Art Galleries are open. Local businesses display the works of local artists and offer light refreshment. And you can enjoy live music in the streets. Or, check out the Quayside Gallery, which features local artists and is always free.

3. Free History – Visit the Arcadia Mill in Milton or Fort Barrancas at NAS. Admission is free at both places.

4. Free Aviation This is probably only news to the new faces in town – but be sure to take advantage of free admission to the Naval Aviation Museum.  If you happen to be down there on a Wednesday at 11:30am, you can watch the Blue Angels practice and even meet the Pilots after practice! Of course, there are also two free airshows in Pensacola – July 12 and November 8 – 9.

5. Free Education – If you are in to looking up… check out the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association Stargazing nights, plus other Ranger-Led programs at the National Park. Volunteers set up telescopes so you can get a close encounter. There are also many summer reading programs for kids, check them out here.

6. Free Movies – Several theaters are offering free matinees this summer, including Breeze Cinema 8, Ridge Cinema 8, and Saenger Theater. There are also free Drive-Ins at the Maritime Park.

Also, check with the Pensacola State College Student Activities Office for free activities for students. Just call 850-484-1501.

FAFSA Time Again! Need Help?

2013 Taxes are filed. Fall semester is approaching.  Do you know what that means? It is time to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The task may seem daunting, but Pensacola State College has many resources to help you complete it.

Get Help

  • Financial Aid TV : Videos on how to apply, who is eligible, rules and regulations governing the Aid you receive
  • Frequently Asked Questions : quick search for answers
  • Counselors in the Educational Opportunity Center (850-484-1961) can help with the process. Call to make an appointment!

Things to Remember

  • The FAFSA is FREE! If a website asks you to pay, it is a scam. This is correct web address: www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • The PSC Financial Aid Office cannot access your FAFSA information until you have a current application to the College on file.
  • Your Aid will not be released unless all previous Transcripts from previous schools are received and evaluated by PSC.
  • You must re-file your FAFSA every year.
  • Free money comes with rules, be sure to know your rights and responsibilities!

How to Check Your Financial Aid Status

  • Login to Spyglass (PSC Student Portal)
  • Click the “Financial Aid” tab
  • Questions? Call 850-484-1680

If you do not qualify for the Pell Grant, there are many options you can explore beforeyou consider taking out a student loan. Check out our Scholarship Page for more information or contact your program department for additional funding opportunities.
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Tax Season! Get Ready to Rumble!

It’s that time again. Yes, time to file your taxes. Pensacola State College is, as in previous years, providing assistance. The free Vita Tax Preparation and E-Filing volunteers (all IRS certified), are now available. Click on the graphic for the details of this money saving offer:

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Why not take care of two birds with one stone? You have to gather your income information (and more) to file your taxes. With that information in hand, file your annual FAFSA application, which is  necessary to receive financial aid. For information about the FAFSA and the link to the form, click here

Handling your taxes and your FAFSA are great ways to take care of your finances. Don’t put it off!

Money Matter$ Essay Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our Money Matter$ Essay Contest winners: Feliza Dulay, Jonathan Tolbert and Gerald Wooten! Feliza is an applicant for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. As the first prize winner, she won a $200 Best Buy giftcard. Jonathan, who is in his second term at PSC as a General Studies major, is one of our second prize $50 Best Buy Giftcard winners along with Gerald, who is about to graduate with his Bachelor of Applied Science with an Organizational Administration concentration. Their prize winning essays can be found by clicking here.

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Money Matter$ activities, including the Essay Contest. Watch this site and your Piratemail for next year’s Money Matter$ Week in September 2014!

Gerald Wooten and Feliza Dulay

Gerald Wooten and Feliza Dulay

 

Jonathan Tolbert

Jonathan Tolbert

Money Matters Week is here!

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Just click on these links to find out more about each of the Money Matters Week events and activities:

Essay Contest – Submit an essay to be entered to win a $200 Best Buy Gift Card!

Online Scavenger Hunt – Complete this easy Scavenger Hunt to have a chance at winning a PSC Prize Pack!

Workshops – Find out how to recover from financial disaster or how to keep your financial aid!

Student-to-Student Panels – Come find out how other students are making their money work for them!

Daily Drawings – Find the table on your campus and sign up for 5 chances to win an Outback giftcard!