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How to Earn a Criminal Justice Scholarship

It doesn't matter what field or industry you want to work in, the question of how to pay for your education is always a major consideration. Even if you are financially secure, you have to weigh several choices when paying for school. 

Here we'll discuss a variety of ways you can pay for your criminal justice education, and seek scholarships to help cover your tuition and fees. 

If you're considering a career in criminal justice and want to compare your program options, start by planning your financial strategy for school. Then choose your state in our directory of schools to speak with advisors about next steps. 

As you prep for the new school year, use these tips for getting a scholarship in 2017! 

The top question we get is, "Where can I get a scholarship specific to criminal justice?" 

The answer is this: Every state has different opportunities for criminal justice students, it just takes some digging. 

If you are starting your search with criminal justice specific scholarships, you'll want to begin at the state level. There are many types of scholarships, but there might only be a select few per state. Some may be open to all criminal justice majors, while others may help students with specific career interests. We also advise talking directly to your local colleges for more information. 

In the meantime, here are a few examples of criminal justice scholarships to check out... 

  • In Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota students majoring in criminal justice can receive $500-$1,000 with the Richard Podlesak Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was set up for students who wish to pursue fraud cases in their criminal justice careers. 
  • In Iowa, students can apply for the ASIS International scholarship. This is designed for students who want to work in industrial security, security management, and other areas related to ASIS' business objectives. 

Keep in mind… 

Opportunities specific to criminal justice can change quickly, and often have very specific requirements for applicants. That's why it's in your best interest to speak with your criminal justice schools in your area to find out what options fit your education and goals in the field. While you may not find the perfect criminal justice related scholarship in your search, you may learn about the other ways you can pay for your school. 

Other school financing options include:

  • Federal loans
  • Private loans
  • Pell Grant
  • Work study
  • Paying a portion out of pocket 

Many students with financial hardships qualify for Pell Grants, which are typically awarded for undergraduate students. Your grant amount will be based on your financial need, whether you go full or part-time, and your income. Grants to not need to be paid back. 

Federal loans do have to be repaid, but they tend to have a lower interest rate than private lenders. 

What's next? 

After checking into criminal justice scholarships and Pell Grants, your next stop should be the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the federal application that all of your financial aid will be based on. It is required if you apply for federal loans or grants, so fill it out early to be prepared! 

Pro Tip: You can complete the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year anytime between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018. 

Do you want to find out ways to get scholarships for college in your state? You can contact the schools in our directory to learn more. They offer criminal justice degree programs, and specialize in helping students find solutions to their financial challenges. 

They can help you find the right mix of financial aid to pursue your education – and the career in criminal justice that you want. 

Don't hesitate—get yourself on the road to educational success today!