Yes, you can use Twitter to find college scholarships.
It’s no secret that the cost of a college education is making earning a degree a goal that is becoming unattainable for many. You don’t want your child’s college and career dreams to be a pipe dream. Use these helpful tips to use Twitter to find scholarships.
You always hear about what a great resource Twitter is for connecting with new people and sharing information. As a busy parent with a student busy with homework, clubs, and pursuing a degree, how are those tweets supposed to save you time and money? Well, the truth of the matter is Twitter can be an amazingly valuable tool for finding new scholarship
opportunities, but you have to know where to look and how to do it.
Think of it like this, if Facebook is where you go to connect with the people you know, Twitter is where you go to connect with the people you want to know, and in turn, find the information you’re looking for. So how does this translate to scoring some extra cash for college? Here are the steps you’ll need to take to grab that green.
• Follow the #scholarship hashtag. This is the first (and simplest) action you should take for finding scholarship opportunities on Twitter. Whether the tweets are coming from teachers, schools, or actual scholarship providers, anyone who uses that hashtag will show up in your search results.
• Search key phrases. While hashtags are a good way to find helpful information, they’re far from the only method you should be using. Twitter also allows you to search for tweets that run key phrases or terms. When it comes to finding some college funding, try searching for related phrases like “financial aid,” “federal aid,” and “merit based.” Not only will you find tweets full of useful goodies, but you’ll discover which folks are actively discussing these kinds of topics. That brings us to our next point…
• Follow like minds. After you’ve run your searches you should start following the people that provide you with the information most relevant to your needs. Don’t stop there though—make sure to check out who those people are following too! More than likely you’ll stumble across a number of valuable contacts that are also tweeting about scholarship opportunities as well.
• Check for Lists. In addition to researching people to follow, you should also check to see if any of them have been added to a Twitter List. Twitter Lists are another great way to uncover relevant content for two reasons—a). they’re curated by real people and b). they’re usually focused on a single subject, so you know everyone that’s been listed is sharing the info you’ll want. Zinch is a great website for scholarship info and they have their own Twitter List of top financial aid sources too, which you can follow here.
With the dawning of the digital age there are more opportunities than ever to find ways to pay for college, but if you don’t have the tools to illuminate the way, you’re merely wandering around in the dark. By having a focused plan like the one listed above, you’ll be surprised at how easily this information shines through.
If you’re wondering where’s a good starting point for the best info on college admissions, student life, and financial aid, make sure to follow @Zinch; and if you know a great Twitter resource we should include, leave it in a comment below!