The National Scholarship Providers Association has declared November to be National Scholarship Month, which serves as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities and encourage students to seek those opportunities. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that is completely free and will never have to be repaid by students. November is an ideal time for students to begin searching and applying for scholarships. Each post this month will be dedicated to an aspect of the scholarship process.
Sources for scholarships include: federal and state governments, private companies and institutions, community organizations, non- profit groups, colleges and universities among others. To qualify for government-funded aid, students need to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and the Iowa Financial Aid Application.
Iowa College Aid administers state-funded scholarships and grants as well as some that are not funded through state appropriations. These include:
To find even more sources of scholarships, students should check with their high school counselor and contact the financial aid offices of colleges and universities he or she is interested in, and investigate scholarships from local community organizations, businesses and places of worship.
There are many online scholarship search tools students can take advantage of as well to find private scholarships. Such tools include a scholarship finder in the student’s I Have A Plan Iowa® account, FastWeb, Big Future, College Greenlight and the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop.
Begin searching today for scholarships, these are FREE money, and check back each Wednesday this month for more tips on getting scholarships!