Apply for these quick and easy scholarships

Easy scholarships can help you pay for college

Do you remember the last time you got money for doing the absolute minimum? Of course you don’t—because that doesn’t happen often. But what if I told you that there are thousands of easy scholarships to apply for that do just that?

When it comes to paying for college, scholarships continue to serve a critical role in offsetting costs for students across the country. According to “How America Pays for College 2023,” 61% of families used scholarships to help pay for college. With plenty of quick and easy scholarship applications readily available to students online, the opportunity to get free money for college has never been better.

So, what’s an “easy” scholarship? Scholarship applications that take very little time to complete and require less work on the part of the applicant to qualify. Scholarships can also be easy simply because they are fun to complete (and yes, those exist!).

How do you find an easy scholarship?

Fortunately, easy scholarships can be found with online scholarship resources. Take the hassle out of searching for scholarships with Scholarship Search by Sallie. It’s free, there's no sign up, and it's super easy to use. All you have to do is use the filters to find scholarships that were made for you and get to applying!

And here are five easy scholarship applications that you can use to increase your chances of receiving free money for college. Not only are they easy to qualify for, quick to complete, and occasionally fun to do, but each has the chance of helping you significantly cut down on your annual college costs.

1. No essay college scholarship

No essay? No problem! While many scholarships require students to write an essay in order to qualify, the $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship Sweepstakes awards $2,000 each month to a random high school or college student just for filling out the application.* How easy is that?

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds depend on the number of entries received, Ends December 31, 2024. See Official Rules

2. Student-View Scholarship

Who said scholarships are only for straight-A students? Definitely not us! The Student-View Scholarship is open to all high school seniors regardless of test scores, GPA, financial need, and literally requires no essay. All you have to do is complete an online survey about local colleges. You could be one of 8 lucky winners!

3. Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

We all know not to text and drive. So, why not get free money for it? To qualify for the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship, simply complete an easy online application and write a 140-character pledge to not text and drive by the deadline of September 30 (coinciding with No Texting while Driving Day). Finalists will be selected and asked to write an essay on the topic, with the best essay taking home the $1,000 scholarship!

Enter to win $2,000 for college

  • A new winner is drawn each month.
  • NO essay!
  • Takes less than 2 minutes to enter.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Ends 12/31/2024. 
See Official Rules.

4. Design Your Signature Hat Contest

Strut your stuff, fashion students. Use your creativity to enter the Design Your Signature Hat Contest by designing the hat of your dreams. To qualify, submit your unique hat design along with a brief description.

5. Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

Are you a serial scholarship applicant? Then the Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants is for you. To qualify, simply upload required proof of other scholarships for a chance at $500 (winners are picked every two months).


When scholarships aren't enough, our private student loans can bridge the financial gap and help you pursue your college education.


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footnote *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds depend on the number of entries received, Ends December 31, 2024. See Official Rules

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