A career within the medical field is often a much sought after profession. Each year, more students decide to follow their dreams and make it within the field of Ultrasound/Sonography, a complex yet highly essential field within the healthcare world. However, many students end up giving up on their dreams because they simply cannot fund their education, but this needn’t be the case. Few people realize that there are actually a wide range of scholarships, grants and affordable loans out there available to students, allowing them to achieve their ambitions and gain the education and skills they need to realize their dreams.
Unbeknownst to many, there are actually a wide variety of different scholarships, loans and grants available when it comes to sonography and ultrasound. These not only help students to pay for their education but their living expenses throughout their studies too. In today’s economic climate, many of us are on hard financial times but this doesn’t mean that we should have to give up our dream jobs. Nowadays, almost anyone can gain the financial support they need to support themselves throughout their education and come out the other side ready to find employment within their dream job role.
At present, there are around 10 different scholarships available to potential students. Some of the most popular scholarship sources include the AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Scholarship), the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Scholarship), the Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship and the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Scholarship. It is important to bare in mind that scholarships are generally awarded to students who have a particular special ability, are of a particular ethnicity, have an academic achievement or have a particular special interest. When it comes to Ultrasound and Sonography, it is relatively easy to find the scholarship that is right for you, as the field is generally quite specialized. Sometimes you may have to do your own research in order to track down the best scholarship suited to you, or do some research to uncover them as they won’t always be handed out to you.
Grants are often award based on people’s needs, so are a great option for those who may be on particularly difficult times. Similarly to scholarships, they will not have to be paid back. When it comes to grants in addition to your typical institutional and state grants, there are actually two federal grants that students can apply for which are Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. A good tip when in comes to Grants is that you can benefit massively by filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) when applying for your school of choice. This can put you in the running to receive a Pell Grant, but it can also allow you to check if you are eligible for a student loan through the federal government. Health care grants should be your first start point when it comes to becoming a sonographer or ultrasound technician. Regardless of whether you want to become a nurse, assistant, technician or even a doctor, there are a variety of grants available in the health care field, so it’s a perfect place to start.
When it comes to Loans, they can only, typically, be borrowed from financial institutions, federal governments or state governments. Unfortunately, loans will have to be repaid, but they are very easy to repay and easy to manage. Repayments will often only commence once you are in full time work and earning over a specified amount annually, ensuring that you will be able to repay it easily. Often, monthly repayments are incredibly low, and there is no specific date that you will have to have your loan fully repaid by, making them perfect for most students who are unfortunately not quite eligible for a grant or a scholarship.
There is absolutely no reason why you cannot achieve your employment dreams. Nowadays, more people are making their way through college, safe in the knowledge that their education is not going to drive them into bankruptcy, and you too could be one of them.