Scholarships and other financial assistance for college expenses are available from hundreds of sources. National, regional, state, and local organizations sponsor scholarships as do individual colleges and universities, and even organizations and departments within schools. On this site we have provided some useful links for scholarship searches, some general advice for approaching the search, and a limited number of selected scholarship opportunities. Also listed are competitions for seniors, and in some cases underclassmen, with cash awards that could be used for college expenses.
Scholarship and other information becomes available throughout the year, so you will need to monitor this and other sites for information. Local scholarships, especially, are promoted later in the year and updated information usually becomes available in late winter and spring.
Scholarship Resource Guides
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE-ONLINE
College Planning Network, a non-profit organization serving students in the Pacific Northwest, produces this online guide which is periodically updated. In searching for scholarships, students may sort scholarships by eligibility codes or the "key word search" feature.
Information is organized as follows
Scholarship Clearinghouse Websites
These websites will help you locate college scholarships and may give you some idea of other sources to explore. Please be aware that website data may not always be complete and up to date. Remember, there are some scholarship scams online; you should never be required to pay any money in order to apply for a specific scholarship or subscribe to a scholarship service.
A. National Scholarships
B. State and Regional Scholarships
C. Local Scholarships
D. College and Affiliated Organization Scholarships
Some scholarship programs will have made information and application forms available to us in hard copy. Scholarship files in the counseling office have been established and will be updated for these programs.
Every college has a financial aid office and will have a financial aid resource available on the website. Even students not applying for financial aid are urged to explore the financial aid information; merit based scholarships are available at many schools and students not qualifying for need based aid may be eligible for merit based support. In addition, some merit scholarships may be offered at the time of acceptance by some schools to encourage attendance."
Scholarship and Financial Aid Clearinghouse Websites
WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students who are residents of WICHE states may enroll at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state at a reduced tuition rate.
WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Whether you're looking for a scholarship or looking to provide one, theWashBoard.org makes it simple. We connect students with relevant scholarships in one stop -- saving everyone time and making sure scholarships don't go unused.
This is an online scholarship and college search site. It has a fairly comprehensive data base of scholarships and will send email notifications related to specific scholarships. It also has a college match function. Be aware that while the site and service are free, you are required to provide a good deal of personal information to register. If you don't want the information shared, you will need to opt out when the site is accessed.
This online resource works much like FastWeb; you need to answer personal questions to register. Some general information is available without registering.
This website contains general information on college planning, financial aid and scholarships. It also provides a scholarship guide (see above) which specializes in state and regional scholarship opportunities. Use of the online guide is free, requires no personal profile, and provides access to all of the scholarship information in its database.
This source is provided by the American Legion. It includes college and financial planning guidance as well as a list of private scholarship sources.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
This is the official government website for information on the seven federal student aid programs. It provides a link to the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) which must be filed after January 1 and preferably prior to February 1 of the student's senior year in order to apply for federal aid.
"Funding Education Beyond High School" is a 50-page, comprehensive guide that addresses all aspects of the federal financial aid program--what you should know before you apply, how to apply, the types & amounts of aid (grants, work-study, loans), program requirements (while receiving aid, reimbursement), etc.
This site includes a free scholarship search engine.
This website is intended for use primarily by families with students in grade 11 or first semester of grade 12. It provides families with the opportunity to receive a preliminary report of their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), i.e., the minimum amount of money that the family will be expected to contribute to the student's college expenses based upon family income and assets. After completing this preliminary FAFSA, families can electronically transfer data to the actual FAFSA in January of the student's senior year in high school.