If you are a parent of twins, you’ve probably seen this coming from the moment they were born. Not only was everything doubled… twice as many diapers, twice as many binkies, twice the supply of baby powder… but you could just see it coming down the road. You will have to pay for BOTH of their college tuitions (room and board) at the SAME TIME.
This fact can be rather daunting, especially since paying for only one person can be a bit challenging. In addition to that, you might be dealing with them going to two separate colleges, which means that you’ve got to go in two different places at the exact same time as well. Is there any relief from this problem?
The Answer Is Yes…
That is correct. There are actually scholarships out there that are just for twins. Not only are parents aware of the problem of educating twins, but so are many schools around the country. That is why some of them have decided to sponsor scholarship funds that can help out twins. So, you won’t have to foot the entire $160,000 bill yourself… they can help you out a bit.
In fact, especially if your twins are regularly overachievers (which is entirely possible, since twins often score hire than everyone else), you will be able to receive lots and lots of scholarship funding. You won’t have to worry about covering over 50% of the tuition costs. This is often an extreme circumstance, but there are scholarships and funds capable of that.
Types of Funds
You will probably not have any luck in the corporate (or even the nonprofit) worlds, for the simple fact that being a twin does not inherently put you at a “disadvantage”. But, there will be plenty of opportunities which are college sponsored. “College sponsored scholarships” are perhaps the most common, as it is always easier to move money from one place to another within the same establishment.
So, if you are a twin, then the best place for you to look for scholarships are the colleges themselves. In fact, that might be the best way for y0u to select and apply for your colleges. If you can compile a list of universities and higher learning institutions that support “twin scholarships” then, you will have a much higher chance of winning the funds you need to pay for college, and take some of that pressure off your parents. They will appreciate it!
A Place To Start
- Lake Erie College in Ohio offers a full tuition scholarship, with a limit of up to eighteen hours in a semester, to the twin of a full-time enrolled student at the college. Basically, twins are receiving a two-for-one deal on tuition. Of course, the regular application process to Lake Erie College applies and both twins must be accepted.
- Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers the Layton Frazier McKinley Scholarship to twins with a preference given to identical twins. Twin students must have a 3.33 grade point average or higher with a first choice of accounting as their major at the school.
- For female twins, Wilson College in Pennsylvania awards scholarships to one set of twins each year. Each twin will receive a scholarship for 45% of tuition with the caveat that they must be enrolled as a full-time student each semester. There are some restrictions about being able to combine the Twin Scholarship with other school-issued monetary awards. Twin scholarship recipients can renew this award each year granted that they maintain good academic standing.
- These first scholarships are colleges that are known to have significant scholarships and/or discounts for twins who choose to attend the same university:
Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia offers a 15% discount on tuition when both twins are enrolled. This can add up significantly over four years, as the discount is usable each year.
Sterling College in Sterling Kansas has had a Twin Scholarship program which it has maintained for the last two decades. Each twin (or multiple birth) student receives a 50% tuition scholarship. This amounts roughly to $9,000 in savings per twin.
Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is an all-female school that offers an annual scholarship for twins and triplets. It will pay 45% of each student’s annual tuition.