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Searching for Online Financial Assistance

For a partial list of private scholarship providers, click here.

Keep the following tips in mind when using the internet or scholarship search organizations to find student financial assistance for education and training:

  • Ask about possible sources of financial assistance in your local community and state, such as businesses, community groups, schools, and religious and civic organizations.
  • Your local library may have scholarships books available in the reference section.
  • Be cautious of scholarship scams.  Visit the federal trade commission online at for more information.
  • You should not be required to provide credit card information to use a free scholarship search.
  • Many online financial assistance search services request information about you, so they can find financial assistance programs for which you may be eligible.  Some of these companies may send you information about other services that they provide or sell your information to another company.  Read the fine print carefully.
  • Carefully read and understand the rules and requirements of each scholarship.
  • Many online financial assistance search services list some of the same programs.  The more services you use, the greater your chances of finding additional programs.
  • Be persistent and don’t give up.  Applying regularly gives more of a chance than not applying at all (or waiting for one big scholarship acceptance).
  • Stay positive!  This is a long-distance marathon, not a sprint.  Be creative, be upbeat, and keep working to uncover the right scholarship.

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