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College scholarships are financial aid for college that you can apply for through organizations, websites, scholarship tools, and more. Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, ethnicity, religion, and more. You don’t need to be number one in your class or an all-star athlete to get free money for college.


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Types of college scholarships

There are many different types of college scholarships available including those for high school students, minority students, single mothers, and more.

Types of scholarships for college

How to apply for college scholarships

These tips about requirements, deadlines, and more can help as you apply.

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Types of scholarships for college

First, search for which types of college scholarships you might want to apply for. These are some examples of scholarship categories that could apply to you.

  • Scholarships based on field of study. For incoming college students who have an idea of what they want to study in school and/or what field they’d like to enter after school, scholarships geared toward majors and fields of study can be a good option.
  • Scholarships for college students. Whether you’re an incoming freshman or are already in college, there are scholarships specifically for undergraduate students. As you continue your studies and try new extracurricular activities in college, you might be eligible for more scholarships you weren’t originally qualified for. Don't forget to revisit college scholarship opportunities.
  • Scholarships for graduate studies. Finding graduate school scholarships is just as important as finding free money for undergraduate studies. There are many scholarships specifically for graduate students that you can apply to.
  • Scholarships based on hobbies. There are all kinds of unique scholarships out there. You can search for scholarships based on your skills, activities, and interests.

There’s a scholarship for being left-handed. Making a duct-tape dress. You have green eyes? There are so many scholarships out there.


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Where to find college scholarships

There are many sources to help you search for free college scholarships based on the type of scholarship you’re looking for.

  • The financial aid office at a college or career school
  • A high school counselor
  • Organizations (such as professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • Federal agencies
  • Free scholarship tools, like Scholarship Search

Remember, scholarships are free money for college, so apply to as many as you can.


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