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Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

These are just some of the valuable resources we've curated for scholarship seekers. For a list of national and regional scholarships managed by Scholarship America, visit the Open Scholarships page.

Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars affiliates also offer scholarships to students in more than 500 communities across the United States. Use our Affiliate Search to find out if there's a Dollars for Scholars affiliate serving your community. If so, you can create a free profile to match with their local awards.


Create a free profile at Cappex.com to connect with colleges that are looking for students like you. You can also apply for scholarships and calculate your chances of admission to schools around the country.



CheapScholar.org is a blog that provides families and students with current relevant information that helps them to navigate the financial aspect of their college experience.


College Raptor

College Raptor is a new, free college search tool that matches students with colleges based on academic, social AND financial fit. With a single search, College Raptor estimates a student’s net price for every 4-year college in the U.S., simplifying your college and financial aid search process.


College Goal Sunday

College Goal Sunday, held across the country in February and March each year, offers an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about the world of financial aid, with trained experts on hand to help you and your family fill out the Federal Application For Student Aid (FAFSA).


College Student Financial Survival Guide

This article from the finance experts at Mint.com offers a wide-ranging overview of strategies for students to pay for college, and a list of more reliable sources for financial literacy and financial aid advice. (Thanks to the team at W.B. Goodwin Community Center for passing along this resource.)


CollegeToolkit.com Loan Comparisons

College Toolkit offers a Loan Marketplace that will help you find Stafford, PLUS and private loans, and make educated comparisons and decisions about your student loan options.


CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

By filling out this form provided by the College Board, you can apply online for nonfederal financial aid from almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs.



Provides answers to basic financial aid questions.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Get organized, fill out your application and do follow up of your FAFSA—all online! Site includes worksheets, calculators and much more.


Making College Affordable: Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid for Minority Students

This guide, from Accredited Schools Online and expert researcher Maggie O'Neill, compiles a wide variety of scholarship and grant opportunities geared toward specific groups (including African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students).



Focusing on the ins and outs of 529 college-savings plan, this site provides sound advice about saving for college on a state-by-state basis.


Scholarship America Collegiate Partners Directory (PDF)

The Collegiate Partners program involves nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools to help maximize the impact of financial aid from Dollars for Scholars and Scholarship America. Many even have matching-fund agreements, and all are committed to helping students get the most out of their scholarship.



Simple Tuition is a completely free online resource center for students and parents looking to finance a college/grad school education. The site features information on financial aid, student loans and consolidation, as well as a handy loan comparison tool.



The U.S. Department of Education launched the brand new StudentAid.Gov site in 2012; this online hub provides information on all parts of the federal financial aid process including FAFSA questions, loans, work-study funding, military aid and more.


U-CAN Network

The University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN) is a free, consumer-friendly college search tool that presents information that prospective students and their families have rated as critical to making informed college choices. Users can create a customized search of hundreds of private, nonprofit colleges using a variety of criteria.


The Dream Award

Dream Award Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. These annually-increasing awards will be given to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year of education beyond high school.

The Scholar

Our print newsletter is issued three times each year, and is also available via email. Each issue looks at how we design and deliver impactful programs -- and how we engage with students, scholarship providers and policymakers.


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Success By Degrees

Scholarship America's blog, Success By Degrees, covers items of interest to parents, volunteers, educators and anyone interested in the big issues surrounding education, financial aid and postsecondary success. You'll find policy announcements, news releases and more, every week!

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