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Finding More Money

Once you've applied for government financial aid, you may find you need a little bit more. Here are some resources for searching for scholarship money you don't have to pay back. Often this means filling out an application or writing an essay—but it's worth the work!

  • FastWeb - This is one of the most well-known scholarship search engines. You have to register to use it, but it is free (although be warned—you will be added to their email list!).
  • Fedmoney.org - Although full of ads, this website compiles government grant, scholarship, and loan opportunities that you might not find elsewhere.
  • The school itself. If you've already chosen a school, contact its financial aid office or look at its website. They will be able to tell you about special financial aid the school offers.
  • Clubs and other groups. If you belong to an organization like the Rotary or Girl Scouts, sometimes these groups offer scholarships, especially if they are national organizations. You might also check with church groups.
  • Professional organizations. If you know what field you want to study, check out the professional organizations for that field. For example, if you're interested in studying math, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics might give you money to study. Every field has a professional organization—a friendly librarian can help you find it!
  • Ask around! There might be financial aid available from your parents' employers. Or maybe the little old lady across the street whose dog you walk has a multimillion-dollar foundation just waiting to send you to school! You never know unless you ask!
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