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College Funding Scholarship Search

A few of the questions families seeking scholarship assistance are asking:

  • How do I find college scholarships that relate to my skills and areas of interest?
  • What are some of the more reputable websites out there for me to conduct a search on the different types of college scholarships I might be eligible for?

High School Students Searching for College Funding Scholarships How a student is going to pay for college is just as important as determining which school he or she will apply to.

College Scholarships can come in many different shapes and sizes. Many high school families don't realize there are millions of dollars in scholarships every year just waiting to be had.

Understanding the basic differences between need-based scholarships and merit-based college scholarships is a great place to start.


How to find scholarship money for College

  • Need-based scholarships are tied to a student's financial record and often require a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be filled out which calculates a student's financial need through a formula that looks at the expected family contribution (EFC) and cost of attendance at the intended college.
  • Merit-based scholarships are awarded on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests.

Whether a scholarship for left-handed high school students or a college-bound senior who has shown leadership qualities, scholarships exist for nearly every characteristic out there. Plan to dedicate 1-2 hours each week to the scholarship search process.

What is the difference between Need-based financial aid and Merit-based Financial Aid?

The College Resource Center and the Smart Track™ College Funding program have identified the following as the leaders in the scholarship search engine process. While they are free, many of these will require you to fill out a profile to isolate scholarships that will be more applicable to you. Good luck and happy hunting! - Free college scholarship search, college recruiting, financial aid information.

Fastweb - Scholarships, financial aid, student loans and colleges.

To determine how much colleges will expect your family to pay, what types of financial aid you will be eligable for, and ways to improve your eligibility for more aid, register for free access to your own Smart Track College Funding Account.