Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Financial aid offices at colleges use information from the FAFSA to determine if students are eligible to receive federal student aid from grants, loans, and work-study programs. States and schools also use the information from the FAFSA to determine if you qualify for additional aid. Starting with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the application should be completed every year a student is in college after October 1, beginning during a student's senior year of high school. Parents must use their tax return information to complete the FAFSA, so filing taxes early while their students are in school is important. If needing help completing the application, students should speak to a financial aid advisor at the college of their choice after they have been accepted. The FAFSA can be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov, and the application should NEVER be paid for! After all, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE!!
FastWeb is a free scholarship search engine. It does the search work for students and pairs them with scholarship applications that match their own personalized profile. Create a profile at www.fastweb.com.
Scholarships.com is another free scholarship search engine. One top of finding scholarships for students, it also helps them find colleges and helps colleges find students. Create a profile at www.scholarships.com.
Scholarships for Minority Students
The College Scholarships for Minority Students webpage is a wonderful resource for racial minorities, females, and students of the LGBT community. A large listing of scholarships can be found by clicking here or here.