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If you're drowning in scholarship essays, let us toss you a life raft: Here are five scholarships that don’t require you to pen any long prose.

Some do require you to submit some information about yourself and, in some instances, answer some questions or complete a few easy tasks. The key to success with these – and all scholarship applications – is to follow instructions and make the deadlines.

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True or false: You need to be an athlete or a brainiac to get a scholarship to college.

Did you answer “true?”

You know that annoying buzzer sound that happens when people answer incorrectly on TV game shows? Imagine us making that sound at you right now, because you are W-R-O-N-G. (Sorry.)

But hey, that’s good news in this case. Why? Because it means that there are tons of scholarships out there for all kinds of people who have all kinds of interesting interests or characteristics.

Don’t believe us? Why are you so skeptical all the time? Allow us to submit the following weird and unusual scholarships for your consideration. (Note that most of these scholarships are offered annually. If the due date for this year has already past, create a calendar reminder to check back in a few months.)

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For the 2020-21 school year, PLUS loans will come with a lower interest rate than usual, making them a pretty good deal compared to prior years. However ... they are far from the best deal available.

With any major financial decision, doing some comparison shopping can save you a lot of money — especially with the historically low interest rates we're experiencing ahead of the fall semester. Here, we'll look at Parent PLUS Loans, private parent loans, and private student loans. 

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A Pell Grant is an extremely valuable component of federal financial aid. Because it's a grant, you don't have to pay it back. Free money? Yes, please.

If you qualify, a Federal Pell Grant could add as much as $6,345 to your college coffers. 

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The Stafford Loan is a federal student loan offered by the U.S. Department of Education to help eligible students pay for college. 

You may see this loan referred to as a Federal Stafford Loan, a Direct Student Loan, or a Direct Stafford Loan. The good news: they all mean the same thing. However, there are two types of Stafford Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Let's talk about each.

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Did you know your college ID or email address could be worth money in your pocket? It’s true.

Flashing your student ID or ponying up an email address with .edu at the end could land you some pretty amazing discounts, online or in-person.

Taking advantage of those savings could mean that you’ll have more money to put toward your education, so you can avoid borrowing more than you really need.

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