Finding Scholarship Dollars for College

Our annual Finding Scholarship Dollars for College event is one of our largest attended every year. As research proves, a community with the best, most-educated talent wins the game. In communities where the education standard is high there is a higher standard of living. Higher education standards also attract great companies and attracts and creates great entrepreneurs within a community. It also results in low poverty rates, low homelessness rates and much more, which is part of the reason Gwinnett has its own technical collage, medical school and four-year college. But the how of going to college can be a little expensive! The average cost for attending a public college or university is somewhere around $25,000 a year. For private schools, it’s closer to $50,000 a year.  And college debt in America is 1.6 TRILLION! But, the good news is, there is money out there for scholarships, and we assembled a great group for our annual event to tell you how to access those funds.

Here are some things to know about scholarships. Please note, these are only select highlights from the event. For complete information, watch the virtual event or download the slides


High School Counselors & the Journey to College

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology




College Planning

Georgia Gwinnett College

Tasks for high school students

  1. Take SAT/ACT Tests – put all colleges under consideration as a recipient of scores (may consider enrolling in a prep course).  Research competitive college requirements.
  2. Take AP/IB level courses or participate in Dual Enrollment (research college requirements)
  3. Investigate careers and majors
  4. Attend College/University Preview Days
  5. Visit College/University campuses

College choices should include all schools that the student is interested in attending.  Don’t be concerned with costs at this point.  Be sure the list contains dream schools and those the student would consider attending.

  1. Narrow down college choices.
  2. Apply early for admissions (and housing if needed) at college choices.
  3. Apply for financial aid with FAFSA and any other form college requires – include all colleges on FAFSA.
  4. Decide and attend early orientation.

How do you choose a college?

How do you pay for college?

Financial Aid is a mixture of programs designed to provide assistance with college expenses.​

Watch the Zoom recording for more on this!


Dual Enrollment

Gwinnett Technical College

What is dual enrollment?

A state funded program that allows high school students to earn college credit that is applied towards high school graduation. Promotes access to ​ post-secondary opportunities ​ and prepares a ​skilled workforce.

Watch the Zoom recording for more on this!


State Aid/HOPE Program

Georgia Student Finance Commission

HOPE General Eligibility Requirements


Don’t forget you can watch the entire event and download the slides!

Watch the Webinar

Download the Slides