Hello and congratulations for taking the initiative to look for scholarships. The truth is that very few organizations send scholarship opportunity notifications directly to us at ASFA. So instead here are suggestions for how to find scholarships on your own:
Q. Where can I find scholarships?
A. In most cases, the
majority of scholarship and other financial aid comes from the college or
school that the student attends. So the number one most important thing is for
you to research and carefully follow the financial aid/scholarship application
process at ALL of the colleges or schools to which you are applying. Keep in
mind that these processes have some similarities, but can vary greatly from
place to place, so do your research at each one and use whatever organizational
system works best for you to make sure you stay on top of the deadlines and
requirements. Note that some colleges may have deadlines to be considered for merit aid than their admission deadlines, and these are often earlier than their admission deadlines..
National Scholarship Search Sites
Alabama -Specific Scholarship Searches
Other places to look for scholarships include:
Q. Can you tell me how to get scholarships?
A. Although ASFA students
have an incredible history of winning scholarships well above the national
average, there is no magic formula. Although we wish that we had a hotline to
the financial aid offices at colleges that I could ring up to simply get all of
my students scholarships, we don’t. Each student and family has to do the
research and paperwork yourselves.
However, here’s some advice to help guide your search:
Two Free Ebooks:
The website FinAid.org is also highly
recommended for any type of financial aid questions.
A. NO!! These so-called services are examples of the many types of financial aid scams of which students and families need to steer clear. Although they may start with a “free seminar,” guaranteed results,” or similar incentive, they are scams nonetheless. The main thing to know is that the federal government provides the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov, and as its name suggests, it is FREE!! You should never, ever pay anyone to fill out financial aid forms for you. If you need assistance, the FAFSA offers toll-free customer service by phone, and any college financial aid office can assist you. AVOID the website www.fafsa.com, which looks just like the real FAFSA, but charges a hefty fee; it is a scam! There are others out there. Find out more about financial aid and scholarship scams.
Q. Should we pay for a prediction service to
learn for certain whether or not my child will be admitted to a certain
A. NO! Because the nature
of selective college admissions is subjective, it is impossible to predict with
certainty the outcome of your application at any college. Most college admissions
experts, including Ms. Rutsky, consider prediction services to be one of the
many scams that students and families should avoid. In addition, ASFA provides
all students access to SCOIR which has data to help predict your chances of
admission as well as or better than any outside service.