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Financial Aid Web Sites from the Federal Government

Free Scholarship Searches

  • College Board (collegeboard.org)
    Along with many other types of college related information, College Board offers a free scholarship search available under "Paying for College," then "Finding financial aid and scholarships."
  • FinAid (finaid.org)
    This site features general scholarship information as well as links to free scholarship searches, unusual scholarships and information about how to avoid common scholarship scams.
  • College Answer (collegeanswer.com)
    This Sallie Mae sponsored service gives students internet access to a comprehensive source of financial aid resources for college. The database contains funding information from a variety of resources, including scholarships, fellowships, grants, work-study, loan programs, tuition waivers, internships, competitions, and work co-operative programs.
  • Student Advantage (scholaraid.studentsadvantage.com)
    Student Advantage features several links to free scholarship searches and provides general financial aid information specific to different types of students.
  • Scholarship Resource Network Express (edvisors.com)
    Scholarship Resource Network Express contains a database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million. This database also includes student loan forgiveness programs for those who have graduated from college and need alternatives for repayment.
  • FastWEB (fastweb.com)
    FastWEB, one of the largest and most complete online scholarship searches, provides access to a searchable database of more than 400,000 private-sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and student loans available to students.

Tips

  • Never pay for a scholarship search or scholarship literature.
  • Never give your bank account or credit card information for scholarship searches or eligibility determination.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation from various individuals at your school identifying your diverse interests. For example, obtain one from an instructor, one from a guidance counselor, one from a coach or club advisor, etc. Scholarships have different criteria so being prepared to address their requests will increase your chances of being selected.
  • Prepare a personal statement ahead of time. Identify your strengths and accomplishments as well as your educational goals if you know them.
  • If you meet the criteria, apply. Many students do not apply because they assume another applicant will have better qualifications, sometimes resulting in unclaimed scholarships.
  • Don't limit your major to just one; list all of your fields of interest. Consider including a minor. If you are not sure of your major, it is okay to admit it.
  • Use your resources, including high school guidance counselors, financial aid or scholarship representatives, teachers and friends.