Did you know you can win a SCHOLARSHIP just for writing an essay about fire sprinklers, being a member of Starfleet, taking a quiz about common knowledge, or for being tall?*

All students should start the search for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  This determines your eligibility for federal educational grants and loans.  However, the search for aid shouldn’t stop there.

Scholarships can be a great way to supplement federal aid awards, but you should be prepared to put in some time and effort to increase your chances of receiving an award.

Tips for a Successful Scholarship Search
• Be Dedicated - Set aside time each week for your scholarship search.
• Be Organized - Start a spreadsheet or binder documenting your efforts.
• Be Meticulous – Double check your paperwork for completion and errors before submitting.

There are a ton of resources online to help you search for additional grants and scholarships to assist with both direct and indirect educational costs, including awards with some pretty random and obscure qualifications.

Not sure where to start your search?  Check out these websites:
http://www.fastweb.com – Lets you set up an account and be sent scholarship matches and has tons of scholarship information.  Note: Make sure to opt out if you don’t want your information shared.
http://findingmoneyforcollege.com – Tips for scholarship searches and links to scholarship websites.
http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams – Tips on avoiding scholarship scams.
http://www.google.com – Type in scholarships and try your luck.

Check out this site for 15 Weird Scholarships.

Anne Bourgeois
Financial Aid Administrator
Austin Campus