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Cut Down on College Costs by Applying for Scholarships Early

JupiterImages/Comstock Images(NEW YORK) -- The cost of college can be extremely expensive, but there are many scholarships and grants that can lower the price by thousands of dollars.

So what's the quickest way to start your search for them?  Go online.

"If you want to get scholarships the key is to cast a very, very wide net," advises Farnoosh Torabi at Yahoo! Finance.

She says search the term "free college tuition."

"The earlier you start the better.  One of the mistakes is students often start their senior year or late in their junior year applying for scholarships but many deadlines are in your sophomore or freshman year," says Torabi.

Several websites -- such as,, and -- may help, she says.

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