At some point, every student has wished for a free ride to college.
No worries, no loans, no waitressing on the weekends — just an opportunity to cram your brain with as much knowledge as possible.
Of course, we can’t all receive full college scholarships, but we can be touched — and, more importantly, inspired — by those who have.
7 videos of people getting free rides to college
If you need some motivation to seek your own scholarships (and maybe have a good cry while you’re at it), you should hop on YouTube.
You’ll find an abundance of videos of people getting free rides to college, and although all of them are good, some are really good.
For your inspirational viewing, we’ve narrowed it down to seven heartwarming videos of deserving students.
In this video, it’s the mom who causes the waterworks. The student, who says she received a first-generation scholarship to attend the University of Florida, waited to tell her mom the news in person. The results are touching.
Briana Kimble never had a permanent home and sometimes found herself living on the streets. Despite the incredible challenges, she worked hard at school and earned a full ride to Colorado State University. Even her teachers get misty-eyed!
The lead-up for this video is spectacular. It starts with the Minnesota Gophers football coach asking Kyle, a patient at the children’s hospital, who his favorite college player is. Surprisingly, he doesn’t name a star quarterback; instead, he names Justin Juenemann, a walk-on kicker who’s never played in a game. The rest? Well, you’ll have to watch.
Yesica Calderon is a “Dreamer,” a young person who was brought to the U.S. without documentation. That means she was ineligible for federal financial aid and couldn’t afford to attend college — until she received a full scholarship from Scholar Athletes to Regis College in Boston.
Oh jeez. It’s the dad who kills me in this one. His excitement as his daughter pulls up in the driveway and his raw emotion after she discovers she’s a Gates Millennium Scholar will get you good.
Leave it to Ellen to totally crush the surprise scholarship game. The best stuff comes at the end of the clip. You can tell the kids suspect something — but when Ellen makes the big announcement, they go bananas.
In this video, I love how grateful the mom is for an envelope — even when she thinks it’s just a Mother’s Day present. When she finds out the enormity of the gift, her reaction is even better.
How to get a scholarship yourself
Not everyone can have Ellen as a fairy godmother or be a college football player, but many of you can receive scholarships.
If it helps motivate you, put it in financial terms. Let’s say you spend 20 hours on scholarship applications and eventually win awards equaling $10,000. You’ll have earned $500 per hour — a much better wage than whatever you’re making with your work-study job.
And just think: The next time someone shares one of those free-ride-to-college videos, you could be the one starring in it.
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College Ave Student Loans products are made available through either Firstrust Bank, member FDIC or M.Y. Safra Bank, FSB, member FDIC. All loans are subject to individual approval and adherence to underwriting guidelines. Program restrictions, other terms, and conditions apply.
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3 Important Disclosures for Ascent.
Before taking out private student loans, you should explore and compare all financial aid alternatives, including grants, scholarships, and federal student loans and consider your future monthly payments and income. Applying with a cosigner may improve your chance of getting approved and could help you qualify for a lower interest rate. Ascent Student Loans may be funded by Richland State Bank (RSB) or Turnstile Capital Management, LLC (TCM), which are not affiliated entities. Certain restrictions and limitations may apply. Ascent Student Loan products are subject to credit qualification, completion of a loan application, verification of application information and certification of loan amount by a participating school. All loan products may not be available in certain jurisdictions. Other terms and conditions apply. Ascent is a federally registered trademark of TCM and may be used by RSB under limited license. Richland State Bank is a federally registered service mark of Richland State Bank.
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5 Important Disclosures for PNC.
PNC Bank is one of the nation’s largest education loan providers. For over 40 years, PNC has been committed to helping students and their families make possible the adventure of college.
6 Important Disclosures for SunTrust.
Before applying for a private student loan, SunTrust recommends comparing all financial aid alternatives including grants, scholarships, and both federal and private student loans. To view and compare the available features of SunTrust private student loans, visit https://www.suntrust.com/loans/student-loans/private.
Certain restrictions and limitations may apply. SunTrust Bank reserves the right to change or discontinue this loan program without notice. Availability of all loan programs is subject to approval under the SunTrust credit policy and other criteria and may not be available in certain jurisdictions.
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Additional terms and conditions apply. For more details see LendKey
8 Important Disclosures for CommonBond.
A government loan is made according to rules set by the U.S. Department of Education. Government loans have fixed interest rates, meaning that the interest rate on a government loan will never go up or down.
Government loans also permit borrowers in financial trouble to use certain options, such as income-based repayment, which may help some borrowers. Depending on the type of loan that you have, the government may discharge your loan if you die or become permanently disabled.
Depending on what type of government loan that you have, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness in exchange for performing certain types of public service. If you are an active-duty service member and you obtained your government loan before you were called to active duty, you are entitled to interest rate and repayment benefits for your loan.
A private student loan is not a government loan and is not regulated by the Department of Education. A private student loan is instead regulated like other consumer loans under both state and federal law and by the terms of the promissory note with your lender.
If your private student loan has a fixed interest rate, then that rate will never go up or down. If your private student loan has a variable interest rate, then that rate will vary depending on an index rate disclosed in your application. If the interest rate on the new private student loan is less than the interest rate on your government loans, your payments will be less if you refinance.
If you don’t pay a private student loan as agreed, the lender can refer your loan to a collection agency or sue you for the unpaid amount.
Remember also that like government loans, most private loans cannot be discharged if you file bankruptcy unless you can demonstrate that repayment of the loan would cause you an undue hardship. In most bankruptcy courts, proving undue hardship is very difficult for most borrowers.
9 Important Disclosures for Citizens Bank.
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