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Scholarships for High School Seniors

At Sallie Mae, we recommend a "1-2-3 approach" to paying for college.

You are at step 1: Find FREE money first. The best source for free money for college is scholarships and grants.

As you plan to take your SATs and ACTs, and are scheduling your college tours, you should also add searching for scholarships to your “things to do before college” list. An important reminder about scholarships: not every scholarship for high school seniors is based on academic performance or financial need. There are many scholarships for high school students that are based on ethnic background, field of study, and even extracurricular activities. They can make a big difference not only in where you attend school, but also in how much you will ultimately pay for it.

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Applying for scholarships in high school

It’s never too early to start your search for scholarships so you know which ones may be relevant to you. If you’re a high school junior or senior, it’s about time to start deciding which scholarships you want to apply for. Before you start the application process for any scholarship, make sure it’s for high school students and not for current undergraduate or graduate students.

A good place to begin your search for free money is with the Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae®. It allows you to customize your search depending on your interests, age, grade level, and more. You can even set up special account alerts to notify you when a new scholarship opportunity that matches your profile becomes available.

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What’s next

Now that Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae can help you find scholarships, here are some ways to help put your best foot forward when you’re ready to start applying for them:

Tips on filling out scholarship applications

Tips on writing a great scholarship essay

List of scholarships

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