With over $49 billion in grants and scholarships out there, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to secure free money to help pay for college. Many college scholarship websites help students find funding for college but figuring out which ones are worth their (and your) time can be a challenge. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate reputable sites from dubious ones, and choosing the wrong source can lead to some serious trouble.
Figuring out where to find scholarships shouldn’t be the thing that holds you back, so here is a list of college scholarship websites to find the money for college.
There are a few steps you should take before searching for scholarships. First, it’s smart to set up a separate email address. Why? Because signing up for scholarship websites can lead to a TON of junk email, this helps ensure that their normal inbox isn’t flooded.
Next, you should set up a mechanism for tracking deadlines that allows them to set reminders. This can be as simple as setting up a separate digital calendar, a spreadsheet, or using the free app and Chrome extension available through The Scholarship System.
Not only does this app and Chrome extension allow you to track deadlines and send reminders, but they also let them save information about the scholarships they find. It’s completely free.
Finally, it’s important to know that there are a lot of scholarships that are only available to students with specific majors. To cast a wide net, you need to perform searches based on ALL of the majors you are considering. That way, you won’t have to worry about missing an opportunity.
Avoid Sweepstakes and Scams
While most people would hate to think that someone would scam a college student as they try to find scholarships, the fact is that it happens.
Before you begin your search, you should take a little time to learn how to spot scams, as well as how to avoid “scholarships” that are actually sweepstakes, which give you a small chance of winning and usually carry a lot of caveats, like your information being sold to third-parties.
Scholarship Websites to Look At
Since there are so many college scholarship websites out there that can help your student find scholarships, it can be hard to figure out where to begin.
With that in mind, here’s a handy list of options to get you started (in alphabetical order):
Big Future (College Board)
As we all know, College Board is a major player in the college arena, providing valuable information about the SATs, AP classes, colleges and universities, and more. It’s no surprise that they offer a list of scholarships for students and have comprehensive search options to make the process easier.
Broke Scholar doesn’t require any personal information to search for opportunities, and the search criteria are easy to use. They also have information on grants and fellowships, giving your student more options to explore.
A college scholarship website that proclaims itself as “your source for career exploration, training and jobs,” CareerOneStop has a lot of valuable information, including thousands of scholarships. Your student can easily filter the list based on their level of study, award types, where they live, and more.
We’ve always been a fan of Chegg, renting books from them for years! We also love their environmental contributions, planting over 6 million trees to date. Their list of scholarships is highly searchable, including the ability to find scholarships that have online application processes.
JLV College Counseling
Created by a previous admission counsellor, this list is one of our favourites. You can search by major, deadline month and more. You can’t filter by certain criteria like other scholarship search engines (i.e. GPA, SAT score, etc.). Still, we find most of the scholarships on this site legitimate versus the sweepstakes ones we talked about earlier.
Student Scholarships uses a variety of categories to organize their information, and a search bar also gives you to search by criteria. Handy career-oriented Q&A’s are also available, letting you learn more about a range of professions.
Unigo’s list of scholarships, awards and grants will give you fun, unusual, academic, need-based, student-specific, career, and even more types of scholarships. Browse through their list and find new scholarships to add to your college fund.