We have a 529 college savings plan for both boys and contribute to that once a month. We started that when James was just a toddler. However, I doubt it is enough money to cover even one year of college!
There are lots and lots free monies (scholarships) to be had, but – how to begin the search for college scholarships? I did a little research and came up with this helpful list.
How to Being the Search for College Scholarships
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
- The financial aid office at a college or career school – Financial Aid Offices at colleges and universities maintain information of current scholarship opportunities available through a variety of community agencies and businesses.
- A high school or TRIO counselor – My son’s high school has a page chock full of financial aide resources. Concerning scholarships, these searchable websites were recommended:
FastWeb (Free Financial Aid and Scholarship Search) – FastWeb is one of the largest and most complete scholarship search on the Internet. It provides access to a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans available to students.
Scholarships4School – this free website is to provide students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about obtaining scholarships and other forms of financial aid. This site provided these lists of scholarships by subject. These are great lists!
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. Searches can be filtered by level of study, award type and where you live, where you will study and any required affiliation.
- Your state grant agency – each state department of education has an office of student financial assistance.
- Your library’s reference section.
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups.
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest.
- Ethnicity-based organizations.
- Your employer or your parents’ employers – I work for the elementary school in town and my husband works for a private company. Unfortunately, neither offers any type of scholarship.
When it comes to searching for college scholarships, these are great places to start.
What college scholarship did you or your child benefit from?
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