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 have to 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. 

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  • 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
    • Monthly and annual plans available for a fee
  • Scholarships.com

    Scholarships.com 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
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