Searchable Scholarship Databases
U. S. Department of Education
The Department of Education's Federal Student Aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America. These programs provide more than $80 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.
The US Department of Education also provides a useful tool for students and parents, a Financial Aid Estimator Tool called FAFSA4caster. The FAFSA4caster provides students with an early estimate of their eligibility for Federal student financial assistance.
Students can use this FREE tool to:
- Calculate eligibility for Federal financial aid, including grants;
- Reduce the time it will take to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the qualifying form for all Federal student financial aid.
- This tool is very helpful for students and their families to evaluate their options for planning and paying for a post secondary education.
To access FAFSA4caster, visit www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Almost as big as Texas itself, this mega-site is provided by the State of Texas for up-to-date, easy-to-follow information on: preparing for college, selecting a college, paying for college, making your way through college, and choosing a career. $4 billion is available every year to help Texans go to college. CollegeForTexans.com is a project of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Texas Guaranteed (TG) provides Adventures In Education (AIE) to assist parents and students in preparing for and transiting to higher education. AIE also provides a section for counselors to assist in the important role they play in students' middle school to college years.
The Financial Aid Information Page
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. Students and their families can search the site to find links to scholarship and loan information, help on filling out financial aid paperwork, financial aid calculators and a link to a site called "Ask the Aid Advisor'.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded nearly 54,000 scholarships totaling more than $89 million.
HSF recognizes and rewards outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hispanic students recognized and rewarded for entering higher education represent every region of the country, hundreds of institutions of higher learning and every segment of the Hispanic community.
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. The Program Services Department of UNCF administers various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documents. The majority of the scholarships require the completion of the UNCF GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP application that is open from August - May for awards made during that time period. If the scholarship requires a separate application, you will be given the deadline date for the application, as well as a link to the online application.
In order to apply for a UNCF Program Services Scholarship, you must apply through the online application process.
Follow the link below for a full list of programs currently accepting applications. Information on these scholarships are provided on this site for review. You can use the feature provided to search all scholarship programs that are administered by UNCF.
FastWeb Scholarship Search
FastWeb lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. FastWeb is the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service. Their database has over 600,000 scholarships totaling more than $1 billion. FastWeb is recommended by over 15,500 high schools and 3,500 colleges. FastWeb is the nation's largest, most accurate, and most frequently updated scholarship database online. Five of the services they offer are:
- Free Scholarship Search
- Personalized Scholarship Matching
- Side-by-side College Comparison
- Financial Aid and Student Loan Tips
- Part-Time Jobs and Internships Search
FastWeb notifies students when new scholarships are added and application deadlines are approaching. FastWeb has the scholarships, plus the info and advice to help students win more awards. This site provides programs to make a student a stronger contender for college money. FastWeb Scholarships are updated daily and registered users are sent updates every night.
College Board Scholarship Search
Understand all of your options when it comes to paying for college. College Board can help you get the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing.
Students can locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match a student's education level, talents, and background. Paying for your college education is no small undertaking. There are many questions to consider: what will it cost, how much can you save, how much can you and your family afford to pay, how much to borrow, and what scholarships are available to you.
Not sure where to start? College Board offers articles on saving for college, college costs, paying for college, various scholarships, loan and other aid available, plus comparisons of colleges and aid. Their free Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,000 undergraduate scholarships, internships, and loan programs.
Sallie Mae - CollegeAnswer
For over 10 years Sallie Mae has provided an Internet initiative to help students, families, and guidance professionals plan and pay for college. On this site the sometimes confusing and intimidating process of applying for and receiving financial aid is explained in detail for students and parents.
This site is presented by Sallie Mae and provides superior content and functionality, as well as a wide array of solutions for planning and paying for college. The site guides users through the entire process—from early planning and estimating, to applying for Federal and private loans online.
College Answer has the tools necessary for students and parents to plan for all aspects of higher education, and they are committed to being the most comprehensive paying for college site on the Internet. Check out their free scholarship search. College Answer is designed to be the reliable, objective resource for anyone interested in a higher education.
View your results online immediately after submitting the profile. Save your search results to view later. Update your Profile Form anytime.
Funny name that could yield FREE MONEY...no monkeying around! The mission of Scholarship Monkey is to assist college bound students, enrolled college students and parents of college students to efficiently obtain information regarding scholarship awards for the pursuit of higher education goals. Scholarship Monkey is committed to helping students pay for college by providing the most advanced, comprehensive scholarship search tool available and to keep it free of charge.
Their proprietary system allows individuals to match their profile and access information to over 1 million undergraduate, graduate and professional scholarship awards worth in excess of $3 billion from greater than 4,000 sources. The scholarship database is continuously updated by the company’s Scholarship Team to ensure you are receiving the most relevant and useful information. Scholarship Monkey also makes information on financial assistance readily accessible through various reliable resources.
Their Advisory Board works continuously to make certain that the mission of the company is being met and to provide guidance in producing the best possible information to meet the needs of college students. These individuals graciously volunteer their time and expertise to keep the site reliable and cost free.
Since 1999 Scholarships.com has helped millions of students and parents search 2.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants worth over 19 billion -with a 'b'- dollars in funds.
Since their founding, Scholarships.com has helped students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. Over the years, they have become one of the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the Internet.
They have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide by building solid relationships with colleges and universities across the country.
They are part of the NSPA (National Scholarships Providers Association and the NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling). And it’s all FREE.
Students have been utilizing this scholarships search service since 1995. Scholarships are available for high school, undergraduate, graduate and international students attending college.
Parents can read articles with relevant and pertinent financial aid information. Also there are great resources for students on writing scholarship essays and how to win a scholarship, etc.
This website offers much to students to be successful in searching for scholarships.
Again this year, the Federal government is offering a number of tax incentives
(some of which were set to go away)
that could help lower the cost of higher education for some families.
Follow the link below to learn about some of these incentives that may be available to you as you prepare your 2016 axes.
Information regarding specific yearly amounts for each Federal Aid program is available in the FINANCIAL AID STUDENT GUIDE, published annually by the US Department of Education.
Click HERE to view that publication online.