Scholarships can ease the financial burden of college.

They’re especially helpful when it comes to filling the gap between what you were awarded in financial aid and what you can pay out of pocket.

There is nearly an endless number of scholarships available. The challenge is finding the right ones for you. You can use your high school counselor as a resource for scholarship information and do your research online. There are also several online tools that are built to help students find scholarships and can help you streamline your search. Here are just a few of them.


  • The Best Online Resources for Finding Scholarships

  • Discover Student Loans

    Discover Student Loans has a database of over 3 million scholarships, worth more than $18 billion. Their scholarship search tool offers:

    • Results tailored to your academics, ethnicity, interests
    • Customized search results via email so you can apply later
    • No registration requirements
  • Scholly

    Scholly has mobile and desktop apps to help target scholarships tailored to your merit, financial need and interests. Through Scholly, students get:

    • Tools to keep track of deadlines and progress
    • Access to advice and to read winning essays
    • Costs $2.99 per month
  • matches you to grants and scholarships. The site offers high school, college, adult and nontraditional students:

    • Scholarship directory that’s searchable by major, merit, ethnicity, athletics, location and more
    • College search tools to match students with schools
    • Weekly email updates of newly available scholarships
  • ScholarSwag

    ScholarSwag connects students with scholarships from thousands of sources. What makes ScholarSwag unique:

    • One-click scholarship application option
    • Scholarships tailored to your own profile
    • Ability to work with your school counselors through the site
  • BigFuture

    The College Board, which administers college readiness tests like the SAT® exam, runs the BigFuture scholarship database. BigFuture boasts:

    • Scholarships tailored to your profile
    • Application and notification deadlines
    • Snapshot of  how many awards are available for each scholarship
  • CollegeData

    CollegeData has a searchable scholarship database tailored to your background and goals. It also offers:

    • Statistics to help gauge your odds of getting into your dream school
    • Net Price and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculators to determine your cost
    • Matching tools to find colleges tailored to your profile
  • CareerOneStop

    CareerOneStop is a service of the Department of Labor. Its scholarship search tool offers:

    • Filters for award type, name, location, level of study and affiliations
    • Results for scholarships, grants, loans and fellowships
    • Lists of available scholarships organized by application deadline
  • Naviance

    Naviance allows you to work with your school counselors to find and apply for scholarships. Naviance provides:

    • Ability to submit your college applications
    • Access to local scholarships
    • Capability for your high school counselor to submit your recommendation letters and transcripts
  • Cappex

    Cappex has a large scholarship directory for students. Cappex‘s services include:

    • Best Bets, which connects you to scholarships you’re most likely to win
    • Database searchable by location, major and ethnicity
    • Matching tools to pair students with private funding as well as merit-based aid
  • Tuition Funding Sources

    Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) is a scholarship and financial aid search tool. TFS offers:

    • Personalized scholarship lists based on your profile
    • Tools to keep track of deadlines and applications
  • FastWeb

    FastWeb has a massive scholarship database. FastWeb provides:

    • Scholarship search results tailored to you
    • Database searchable by ethnicity, military history, school year, merit and unique situations (family life, upbringing, lifestyle)
  • Student Scholarship

    Student Scholarship Search provides a database of available scholarships for college and grad students. It also has:

    • Results tailored to your academics, background, hobbies, athletics and more
    • No-essay scholarship contests
    • Student-curated scholarship lists
    • Scholarship database searchable by interest, major, state, background and more
  • Unigo

    Unigo offers access to 3.4 million scholarships, totaling more than $14 billion. Aside from personalized searches, Unigo‘s unique offerings include:

    • Easily browsable database with deadlines displayed “Weird Scholarships” section for unusual awards
    • Its own Unigo scholarships
  • Niche

    Niche has a scholarship search tool with results tailored to you. Niche also offers:

    • Scholarships searchable by major, state and background
    • Personalized scholarship recommendations
    • School matching by religious affiliation, size, ease of admission, Greek life and more
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