Search for Scholarships
The earlier you begin your scholarship search, the better.
Talk to your high school counselor, check with your college financial aid office, visit the local library, and ask local businesses and organizations. You might also look for an online scholarship search engine.
If you are looking for scholarships that aren't being offered by your college or an organization that you know, you should be alert to potential scams.
- Always read the fine print, and make sure you understand all terms and conditions before accepting any award.
- Be wary of companies that guarantee you'll receive a scholarship, especially if they are requiring that you pay for their services. There are many free scholarship searches available where you can get all the information you need at no charge.
- Never provide any confidential or personal identification information (including credit card and bank account numbers, your Social Security number, or similar information) to an unfamiliar person or organization.
Learn more about financial aid scams at the Federal Trade Commission's Scholarship Scams website. And call the federal Office of Inspector General hotline at 1-800-MISUSED (647-8733) to report suspected identity theft or fraud.
One scholarship search engine you may want to try is www.collegescholarships.org. You can find information without providing your contact information, and you can search for scholarships in several different categories. Other sources are CollegeBoard.com, CollegeNet.com, Scholarships.com, and Fastweb.com.