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There are different types of scholarships to help you pay for college

If you're a high school senior
It's about time to start deciding which scholarships you want to apply for. Once you find a list of scholarships you like, make sure they're for high school students.

Scholarships for high school seniors

If you're already in college
It doesn’t mean you should stop searching for scholarships for next year. New scholarships for current college students pop up all the time.

Scholarships for college students

If you're a minority student
There are different types of scholarship opportunities just for you. Many colleges emphasize the value students of different backgrounds bring and understand that a diverse campus reflects the makeup of our country and today’s workforce.

Scholarships for minority students

If you're a woman and/or single mother
There are special types of scholarships and grants aimed at helping women and/or single mothers succeed, whether you’re attending college for the first time or returning to school.

Scholarships for women and single mothers


How are scholarships awarded

Many scholarships are awarded for academic or athletic excellence. But scholarships aren’t just for straight-A students or all-star athletes. There are different types of scholarships out there for almost every hobby, skill, or interest. Think about your strengths and things you love to do—then search for scholarships based on those.

Most scholarships require you to fill out a form, write an essay, or submit some sort of creative entry.


What types of scholarships do colleges offer

The types of scholarships that colleges offer can vary based on if the school is private or public, among other factors. When considering which colleges to apply to, reach out to the financial aid office to learn about the scholarship opportunities available.

What types of scholarships are based on financial need

Scholarships can be based on financial need or they can be merit-based, which means they’re given out for some kind of ability, hobby, ethnicity, religion, etc.

College grants are usually need-based. Both federal and state governments give grants. To apply for government grants, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


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