Free Money for College
How to get free money for College!
The basic steps to winning scholarships and grants
How to do it
Find them and ask
1. FIRST, Are they looking for me?
2. Second, Am I willing to do what they are asking?
Print the info and decide when to work them
Read the info from beginning to end with a highlighter in your hand
Highlight important stuff
Put info in month you plan to work them
Keep your info in 3-ring binder divided by months
Move forward every time you pick up the binder
Quality, not quantity
Where to find the money?
- Federal sites
- State sites
- Your school sites
- "Outside" sites
- Local sites
- National search programs
- Professional organizations
Just do it! You can't win if you don't try!
Like everything else, the more you DO the better you will get at it.
See this as more than just the money – there are opportunities and connections attached to all these scholarships.
This is a skill you will use all your life.
The Financial aid office is happy to help you with applying for scholarships.
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/grants.jsp?tab=funding – individual federal grants on this page
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/othersources.jsp?tab=funding – individual links to other federal scholarships and grant programs
https://studentaid2.ed.gov/logon.asp?nextpage=%2Fgetmoney%2Fscholarship%2Fv3search%2Easp%3F%26 – federal database of scholarships they have researched; outside scholarships
State scholarships, grants and other options
http://www.collegefortexans.com/cfbin/tofa.cfm?Kind=GS – Texas (and federal) grants
http://www.collegefortexans.com/index.cfm?objectid=6D14A588-F337-DE9F-C34472E57102FA06 – Military and veterans aid
http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/Programs/EROD/org_list.cfm?category_ID=SHE – other states sites (if you aren't from Texas)
Schreiner's scholarships and grants...
http://www.schreiner.edu/financialaid/current_students/scholarships_and_grants/index.aspx - individual scholarships at Schreiner (merit, need-based & performance)
Watch your e-mails for outside scholarship notifications from financial aid office!
Outside Scholarships –
Local high school counseling office
Local non-profit organizations
Your employers or your parents' employers
Your church and the church's governing organization
Attached to your major (may be several of these), industry, or career
A reference book in SU library on professional organizations
Googled "accounting professional organizations" and got 76 organizations!
Scholarship books (lots of these and we have one in financial aid office)
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/majors.phtml - scholarships related to majors
On-line Scholarship Searches
On-line scholarship search engines (know who is giving you the information)
http://www.fastweb.com/ - database with 1.5 million scholarships
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/unusual.phtml#characteristics – unusual scholarships
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/prestigious.phtml - prestigious scholarships
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/average.phtml - scholarships for average students
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/service.phtml - community service scholarships
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/age13.phtml - scholarships for kids
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml - scholarships for disabilities
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/female.phtml - scholarships and databases for female students and female graduate students
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/minority.phtml - scholarships for minority students
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/sports.phtml - sports related scholarships
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp - College Board's FUND FINDER a database of 3,300 scholarships
http://www.scholarships.com/ - database with 2.7 million scholarships
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/other.phtml - other databases - lender sites
http://www.aie.org/scholarships/ - searches 15,000 scholarships with quick and advanced searches
There are millions of scholarships out there. Find the ones that are already looking for you and those are the "good" ones to go after. You can do it!
The Office of Financial Aid at Schreiner University is committed to assisting students in obtaining the best financial aid award possible. However, it is the student’s responsibility to comply with all requirements necessary to complete the financial aid process. In addition, the Office of Financial Aid is not responsible for the student's financial obligations to Schreiner University. Each student must verify their account balance and make arrangements for any amounts not covered by financial aid.