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Beware of Scholarship Scams

This page serves as a comprehensive guide to Scholarship and College Financing Resources on the Web. However, it should be noted that there are a number of individuals and organizations that do not provide the services advertised. No attempt has been made to validate the legitimacy of the resources listed on this page. Therefore, to protect yourself, the following links on Scholarship Scams should be reviewed before you start your search.

So be aware, be careful, and good luck on your search!  ~DLH

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Your First Steps

Student Aid on the Web (U.S. Department of Education)
The U.S. Department of Education provides over $60 billion in grants, loans, and work-study for college or career school each year. Here you'll find help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school.
  • The Student Guide - A comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Looking for Student Aid - Find out how to get free information regarding federal and state student aid.
The Financial Aid Information Page. Free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid. The site features links and resources involving every aspect of the financial aid process. Also, don't forget to check out Maximizing Your Aid Eligibility.
FAFSA on the Web
Free Application for Financial Student Aid. An interactive web version of free application for federal student aid.
A one-stop financial aid and career Internet site for college students, college-bound students and their parents, and recent college graduates. Search through over 1.3 million scholarships and setup a fastWEB mailbox to receive the latest information on new scholarships.
A free college scholarship search & financial aid resource.
College Board Online
On-line resource guide for college-bound students and families from the organization that oversees the SAT standardized tests. The site includes, financial aid calculators, a scholarship search engine, online college applications, SAT information and more.

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General Information

A college financing resource that provides objective online information for parents and students on financial aid, 529 plans, and other education savings vehicle.
American School Search
Guide to Colleges and Schools in the USA containing over 7,000 in the US with scholarship package information, student body figures, financial aid information, degree program listings, enrollment requirements, and loan information.
Black Excel: The College Help Network
Black Excel is a college admissions and scholarship service for African-American students.
A free scholarship search engine connecting students and parents with financial aid and college scholarships.
College Admissions (
Extensive list of articles, links and resources on College Admissions and Financial Aid.
College Answer (SallieMae)
College Answer is the Internet's premier guide to college admissions and financial aid. It offers advice and tools to expedite, simplify, and optimize the admissions and financial aid processes. And don't forget to check out the section on Free Money for College.
College Athletic Recruiting
An information and resource site for athletes who want to apply for college sports scholarships. Information and advice is free.
College Athletic Scholarships
A Website offering student-athletes and their parents the information they need to land the chance to compete in college athletics, and possibly receive an athletic scholarship.
College Is Possible: American Council on Education
Thinking about college? Whether you are a parent or a student, you probably have a lot of questions: How does the application process work? What sort of college is right for me? How much will college cost? You've come to the right place to begin finding answers. America's colleges and universities have prepared this site to guide you to the books, websites, and other resources that admissions and financial aid professionals consider most helpful. With planning, preparation -- and the right information -- college is possible for almost every American.
A complete online guide to colleges, universities, graduate programs and financial aid. Find the perfect college with the college search engine, apply to that college online, then get the funds to pay for college using the scholarship search service and directory.
College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees
A site designed to offer college bound students, parents, and counselors easy access to information on:
College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards
CollegeSource Online
Features over 10,200 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format including 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional schools.
College Sports Scholarships
A recruiting and resume service for high school athletes who want to compete at college level in the USA. Initial help and advice is free.
Free scholarship search site that allows students to search through up-to-date information on thousands of scholarships. For select scholarships, students can fill-out, save, and submit application forms online. The site also provides a wealth of interactive tools and content to help students navigate the financial aid and scholarship process.
The Ultimate College Search Guide Online from CollegeView
Directory of Education
A comprehensive directory of Schools, Colleges and Universities in the United States, Canada and Worldwide.
Distance Learning Online Education Guide
Helpful guides to distance learning, accreditation, college admissions & test prep, financial aid & grant programs, online college search, college planning, career forecasts, student tips and resources.
An online research tool to help you find the financial aid resources that can help you pay for your college education.
The e-Scholar website, linked from Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS website, contains hundreds of federal educational scholarships, fellowships, grants, internships and cooperative programs.
Information and tips on financial aid for college. Plenty of links on college scholarships and other resources to help with the college admissions process.
Financial Aid Made Easy on The Princeton Review
Research schools, apply online, take practice tests, finance your education.
Financing Your Education (
A directory of articles and information on financial aid for students.
FreSch! The Free Scholarship Search Service
Online database of thousands of sources of scholarships, searchable for free!
A program designed to bring students together with colleges, universities, graduate schools, and professional schools and help them identify the scholarships and financial aid for which they may qualify.
A central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
Index to all Historically Black Colleges and Universities located in the United States of America, by Name.
Mapping Your Future
Link to many other related sites.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
An association of colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in the effective administration of student financial aid programs.
Campus news, advice on writing application essays, and engine for college searches.
The Princeton Review
Help for students, parents and educators as they navigate through the complexities of school admissions.
Scholarship Resource Network Express
A search engine and database of private scholarships designed to assist students identify sources for undergraduate through postgraduate study. The contains information on more than 8,000 programs with a distribution level of more than 150,000 awards worth a total of more than $35 million.
School Guide
Grant resources for children, teachers/educators, and schools K-12. schools.
Schools in the USA
Free career and college prep resource which allows students to find the right college and to explore career paths. Sections in the site to visit include:
Free scholarship database search, college and university search, admissions and financial aid essay secrets, SAT and ACT strategies, advice for parents, support forums, books, and more. The scholarship database search engine includes more than 400,000 awards worth over $1.1 billion for high school, college, and graduate students.
University Links: Student Aid
University World
Find Colleges and Universities all around the World College Search
U.S. News Online Colleges and Careers Center - College rankings, advice from high school counselors, and financial aid experts.

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Pre-College Programs

A Better Chance, Inc.
A program to substantially increase the number of well-educated minority youth capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
Black Student Fund (BSF)
The Black Student Fund (BSF) provides financial assistance and support services to Washington metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12.
Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance and financial incentives.
Prep for Prep
A long-term investment strategy to develop the leadership potential of able young people from segments of society grossly under-represented in the leadership pool from which all of our major institutions draw.

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International Students

Student Aid on the Web (International Students)
Study in the United States is a serious undertaking. To decide if it is the best option for you, consider carefully how it will fit into your long-term educational and professional plans.
Higher Education in the United States of America (USA) & Canada - This site is designed to help those students who are considering higher education in the United States of America and Canada but are uncertain of the formalities involved to do so. It features links and resources for international students interested in attending college in the United States of America (USA) and Canada.

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Minority Scholarship Programs

The American Indian College Fund
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Hispanic College Fund (HCF)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME)
The Ron Brown Scholar Program
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

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Saving for College with 529 Plans

Save for future college costs by using qualified state tuition programs (QSTPs) or 529 plans. 529 plans are state sponsored investment programs that are given special tax status.

College Savings Plans Network
CSPN, an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers, serves as a clearinghouse for information among state college savings programs.
Internet Guide to 529 Plans (Qualified State Tuition Programs) College Planning
A complete guide for college financial planning.
TIAA-CREF: Saving for College
Financial Keys for the Doors to Knowledge

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Updated August 1, 2015
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.