College costs have doubled since the 1980s, making student financial aid even more valuable and necessary.
One of the best types of aid we can get is a grant for school, which can help lessen college costs significantly. Best of all, it typically doesn’t have to be paid back.
However, we’re not the only ones who know about school grants and how to apply for them. Here are 7 writing tips to help us stand out from our competition and get a grant for school.
1. Follow the Instructions
Following the instructions is one of the easiest ways to increase our school grant chances. However, when not followed, is also the easiest way to get ourselves disqualified from the start. Even if the instructions don’t seem logical, follow them anyways. Because somebody is going to follow them; if the competition is close, who is going to be chosen? The one who followed the instructions.
We definitely want to make it to the final rounds. And reading the instructions twice or even three times before writing is a way to help guarantee that our applications will not be overlooked.
2. Be Creative
Just because we follow the instructions doesn’t mean we can’t be creative in our grant writing. In fact, creativity is another excellent way to stand out.
Positive instrumental music can help boost our creativity. However, we also must make sure we don’t spend all our time switching from sound to sound. A great way to prevent this kind of distraction is to find a nice long playlist we enjoy, and then stick with it.
3. Write Today; Edit Tomorrow
People have many different opinions about whether we should finish the first draft first, edit as we write, or even do a mix of both. And while there are pros and cons to each method, the right one for us ultimately depends on our own writing style.
Whichever way we choose to write today, editing extra tomorrow is a good practice. This is because a good night’s sleep can give us an additional edge to help us catch any overlooked errors. It will also give us a refreshed perspective, untired from translating awesome ideas into readable text.
4. Don’t Procrastinate
The first draft is always the worst draft, but this is why we edit our writing. And a good round of edits will take a good amount of time. Therefore, it is important for us to stay on top of things and not wait until the last minute. The amount of time we’ll need to apply to grants for school may vary.
But no matter how well or how long we edit, there is nothing like a second set of eyes to scan over our writing, catching things we would otherwise never notice, and giving us advice when we get truly stuck. Constructive feedback is invaluable to our growth as writers, and the more we grow, the better we’ll write our applications.
However, finding a fellow writer to give feedback takes time, and if our application is long, they will need a good amount of time to give us a quality critique. This is not something that can be achieved the night before the grant is due.
It is always better for us to begin as soon as possible, overestimating the amount of time we’ll need, rather than underestimating. This way we’ll have plenty of time to give our draft the final polish it needs to truly stand out from all the rest.
5. Apply for Grants Consistently
It takes 10,000 hours to become the ultimate expert at whatever it is we do. And while we may not have this amount of hours to apply for grants, the concept still remains the same: the more we practice, the better we get. The more we apply for school grants, the better we will become at writing grant applications, and the more likely we are to get a grant for school.
6. Check for Grammar Errors
Another easy way to keep our writing looking neat and professional is to double check for grammar errors before we submit our applications. If we don’t already have a spell check app installed, software like Grammarly can be the perfect addition to our writing toolbox.
7. Don’t Give Up
Many of the world’s most influential people encountered failure, some multiple times, before they succeeded. The epic "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling was rejected a dozen times before she achieved her great success.
If we don’t succeed in getting a grant on our first try, it doesn’t mean we won’t ever get one. And applying is still an awesome opportunity for us to learn and grow in our writing skills.
But even if you don’t get a grant for school, there are still other options, such as a work-study program or a loan from Bonsai Finance.
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What If I Don’t Get a Grant for School?
Grants can have a lot of competition, and not getting one doesn’t make us bad writers; it simply means there are many good writers like us who also decided to apply for school grants.
There are still other options, such as scholarships. They are very similar to grants and given out for many reasons. Don’t give up and don’t worry. The right opportunities will come at the right time.
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