Paying for College


There are thousands of scholarships offered through schools, employers, individuals, private institutions, nonprofit organizations, religious groups, and professional and social clubs.

  • School-based scholarships are usually based on financial need but may be based on academics, athletic ability, or another special talent.
  • Employer-provided scholarshipsare given to employees to further their education, typically in a work-related field
  • Profile scholarships are often awarded to students who meet very specific criteria related to ethnicity, religious affiliation, special talent, field of study, area of residence, disabilities, etc.

Talk with your high school counselor or the financial aid office at your college of choice to help find the scholarships that are right for you. Then contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-FED-AID / TTY 800-730-8913 or your state's higher education agency to learn how to apply. There are also many free online scholarship search sites.

Important: Do not ever pay for scholarship searches. This information is available free.

View our tips increasing your chances of winning & how to evaluate scholarships.

Still have questions? Click here for answers to common scholarship questions.