You can search for legitimate scholarships by using these National Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators ideas:
- Work with your financial aid office: The largest amount of financial aid comes from
federal, state, and institutional grants. Your financial aid office can help you
find information on available scholarships, grants, and loans according to your
needs and background.
- Contact your academic department: If you have already decided on a major, your academic
department may be aware of awards designated for students in your area of study.
- Use a free scholarship search engine: Ask the student aid office to recommend free
scholarship search sites other students have found useful.
- Never assume: Even if you don't have straight A's there still may be help available.
Seek out local and national organizations and associations in your areas of interest
to see whether any scholarship opportunities exist.
- Write the essay: Few people like to write essays, so use that fact to your advantage.
Scholarships that require essays receive fewer applicants, giving you a better chance
of qualifying. Keep copies of all the application materials you submit; often, essays,
application materials, and college admission essays can be tweaked and used again
for future applications. Be sure to thoroughly proofread before submitting each
- Stack up the small scholarships: Studies show that families often overlook scholarships
that are less than $500.
- Apply early: The best time to apply is NOW! Waiting too long will result in missed
deadlines. Don't wait to be accepted to a college to research and apply for private
- Don't do it alone. Finding and applying for scholarships can be a lot of work, so
get friends or family involved in seeking opportunities and keeping you on track
with applications and deadlines.
- Don't get scammed.