Previously we’d published information on how to pay for college beyond student loans. We talked about diversifying your financial aid strategies by looking at grants and scholarships that are offered by schools like Nyack College and by private companies. So here are five websites to help you get started in your general college scholarship search. At the end of the article, read some tips about using the search engines.
This comprehensive website is like a catalog for students to browse colleges from across the country. Sign up for an account and inquire about the Cappex awards available to students. They’ve given away over $11 billion and offer grants for GPA and community service as well as for special birthdays and “biggest Cappex fan.”
This is a mega-listing of college scholarships and grants offered around the US. Private and public organizations are listed here and include big names such as Macy’s, Best Buy, and PBS.
Fast Web has been around for a long time. It’s a premiere website for grant, scholarship, and internship information.
Sallie Mae is a leading lender of educational loans. Part of its business plan includes scholarships for college students. Click around and see which fund best fits you!
A search engine for scholarships, this website could take up a good portion of your free time. There may be some overlap with the other sites listed above but once in a while there is a scholarship here that the others have missed.
Tips for a scholarship search: If you are an incoming freshman who needs some tips or a new student to our college, the first step is to find the right scholarship or grant for you. Think about who you are, where your come from, what you want to study, and interests that you’d like to pursue. Finding funds for college takes time and effort. Nothing is for free but these five websites will help you get started by listing available programs that help students pay for college.