Free Scholarship Searches
Use the following links to submit information to scholarship search databases. You may be prompted to provide some information about yourself in order for the database to search for scholarships that may be appropriate for you to apply. As a general word of caution regarding scholarship searches, be careful when dealing with firms that charge fees for “finding financial aid” for students. Most often, such searches can be provided at no cost and the financial aid office at a local college or university can answer most questions about sources of financial aid and scholarships.
FastWEB – Financial Aid Search Through the WEB
US News Online – Education and financial aid information at US News Online’s education channel.
Potential Warning Signs
“This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
No one can guarantee that they’ll get you a grant or scholarship. Refund Guarantees often have conditions or strings attached. Get refund policies in writing – before you pay.
“You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
There are many free lists of scholarships available. Check with your school or library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you.
“May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?”
Don’t give out your credit card or bank account number on the phone without getting information in writing first. It may be a set-up for an unauthorized withdrawal from your account.
“We’ll do all the work.”
Don’t be fooled. There’s no way around it. You must apply for scholarships or grants yourself.
“The scholarship will cost some money.”
Don’t pay anyone who claims to be “holding” a scholarship or grant for you. Free money shouldn’t cost a thing.
“You’ve been selected” by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship, or “You’re a finalist” in a contest that you never entered.
Before you send money to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the foundation or program is legitimate.