Top Three Tips to Finding College Scholarships

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Top Three Tips to Finding College Scholarships

Parents often ask us where their teen can find college scholarships and, in our opinion, this is the one area we recommend parents take an active role. Searching for and applying for scholarships is time consuming and many students avoid it.

What you need to know is all college scholarship sites are not equal. Many aren’t legitimate or are little more than sources for gathering your data. It’s a given that you will get some unsolicited emails and you won’t want to overload your yours or your students existing email accounts.

Tips to Finding Scholarships

Tip #1:     Set up a new email account to be used only for scholarships.

Tip #2:     Never pay for a scholarship search.

Tip #3:     Start local; places to consider are employers, local service organizations (Elks, Rotary, Lions, etc.), school foundations, high school counseling department, and the school PTA. 

Our top 5 scholarship sites are:

  1. Fastweb.com
  2. Scholarshipmonkey.com
  3. Petersons.com
  4. Studentscholarships.org
  5. Chegg.com

On each site be sure to:

  • Fill out the student profile 100%, leaving no blank spaces or unchecked boxes.
  • List all possible majors for the most scholarship matches. If you are unsure of a major, check the boxes for anything that interests your student.
  • Update student information regularly, as different scholarships are offered for different grade levels.You can start searching as early as 9th grade. Also, more matches may occur if students join clubs, volunteer, learn new skills, and participate in different activities.

Bonus Info: At the time your senior is submitting admissions applications, parents can be researching the financial aid page for each college to find information on institutional or departmental scholarships and note the deadlines. Some may require a supplemental application. Not all schools offer departmental scholarships for incoming freshman, but if they do, you don’t want to miss out!

Source: The College Crew
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