Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline. A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information.

Helpful Scholarship Websites

Cappex: Find scholarship matches from companies such as Coca-Cola, Discover, Intel, and many other national and local organizations.

CKSF: Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.

Sallie Mae: A free service designed to help students pay for their education.

Fast Web: A free database that provides personalized scholarship matches.

Hispanic Heritage: Awards identify, promote, and prepare Latino leaders in the classroom and community.

HSF: Largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students.

MALDEF: Financial resources for undocumented students with several scholarship opportunities.

UNIGO: A free scholarship matching service with a database of over 3.6 million scholarships worth $14 billion.

Scholarships: A free database that provides scholarships, college searches, and financial aid information.

United Friends: Scholarship opportunities for foster youth.

Chegg: Browse over 25,000 scholarships.

Immigrants Rising: Provides an extensive list of scholarships for undocumented students.