Tips and Strategies for a Successful Scholarship Search
(adapted from FAME webinar)
- Start early (even before high school!) – use the websites below to find scholarships that are available.
- Make a spreadsheet to keep track – create a spreadsheet with the following categories (in order): deadline, scholarship name, amount, specific qualifications, and requirements. This helps to have all information in one place so you can keep track of deadlines. Also, it is a convenient way to see if the requirements are similar to one another – maybe one essay could count for multiple scholarships.
- Make Time!
- No amount is too small – Free money is good money!
- Get your essays proofread.
- File your FAFSA early (as soon after January 1 as possible) – some scholarships require a copy of your FAFSA information.
- **If you receive an early scholarship award, mention it on your college application! If you’re earning more money on your own, you will cost them less money.**
Financial Aid Websites:
Other Financial Aid Tools
FAFSA4caster – Provide some basic information and they will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the “College Cost Worksheet” where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education.
Smart Scholar – Guide to Student Loan Resources
A comprehensive list of informational websites that give you the most in-depth information on taking and repaying student loans to help finance your college education.