Find and apply for as many scholarships as you can. Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
Tips for increasing your chances of successfully being awarded a scholarship:
- Start your research early
- Pay close attention to the deadlines
- Submit all the required documents
- Have someone proofread your essays
- Stay organized, keep a check list for each scholarship for which you apply
More hints and guidelines for scholarship success
- U.S. Dept. of Labor
- U.S. Dept. of Education
- FinAid: the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
- FTC Consumer Information on Scholarship Scams
Undergraduate scholarship search engines*
- United Negro College Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- College Scholarships.org
- Nursing Scholarships
- Nursing Schools Almanac
Graduate scholarship search engines*
- Graduate School Scholarships
- Peterson's Graduate School Scholarships
- Scholarships for Women.net
* Goodwin University has no further information about these scholarship opportunities. Please visit the websites and contact the organizations directly for more information. Some scholarship search engines will share the information you supply to its marketing partners. Some will give you an "opt-out" option, some will not.
Remember: Legitimate scholarships do not charge a fee to apply. They do not call on the phone, or send "award letters" in the mail, and they never ask for your credit card information.