Scholarships & Financial Aid

 

*Beware of Scholarship and other Financial Aid Scams. Warning signs to watch for include charging a fee, providing a "money back guarantee", or a request for a credit card verification or bank account number. 

Scholarship Search
East High School 's Most Recent Scholarship Bulletin - published every few weeks by the Career Center.   

Raise Me - Earn micro-scholarships for good grades, taking the ACT and volunteering. This online platform allows 9-12th grade students to earn actual tuition dollars just be being good students. Create an account anytime in high school to track your progress with colleges you follow.    

Going Merry - Apply directly on site with one application for multiple scholarships. $20 Billion of scholarships and aid. No advertisements
Everything You Need To Know About Winning Scholarships. - college costs, borrowing, and scholarship search
College Net - scholarship search does not require personal information; search by key words; browse through categories
CollegeToolkit - Scholarship searches plus calculators and expert guides as well as career and college exploration
Fast Web - can be used for scholarship search, college search or job search; register and set up account; partner with finaid.org
FinancialAidTips.org - scholarship and financial aid help, glossary of terminology     
MeritAid - A comprehensive directory of merit and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. Also gives costs/expenses and other general information about each college.
QuestBridge - college scholarships as well as scholarships for college prep summer programs for good students from lower income backgrounds
Scholarshiphelp.org - excellent site offers free advice on how to compete successfully for scholarships, including tips for every step of the scholarship process.
Scholarships for Hispanics - provides application guidelines, an alumni section, and database of scholarships.
Scholarships.com - free scholarship search; also information about loans, financial aid and scams
School Soup - advertised as the "world's largest scholarship database", it was previously a private database and is now available to the public free of charge. 
Varsity Tutors Scholarship - monthly essay contests for $1000 scholarship money.  Must promote your essay on social media sites to receive votes to win the scholarship money. UNIGO.com - Free scholarship searches

Financial Aid Information
Completing the FAFSA - explanations on completing the FAFSA
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE - online PROFILE application from College Board
Direct Loans - government guide to the Direct Loan Program
FAFSA on the Web - complete the FAFSA application online
FAFSA ID Creation - to apply online for your government FAFSA personal ID 
Financial Aid for Colleges Online - to search for sources for financial aid to pay for Online Colleges
Finaid.org - comprehensive financial information; includes a calculator for EFC (expected family contribution) and a college cost projector; links to FASTWEB for scholarship search
Finaidfacts.org - answers the question, "How are we going to pay for this?"
Minnesota Higher Ed Services Office - ONLINE TUITION RECIPROCITY APPLICATION; info on financial aid process and programs; FINANCIAL AID ESTIMATOR; estimate eligibility for Pell Grants and Minnesota Grants.
Nat'l Assn of Student Financial Aid Administrators - provides information on the financial aid process
Saving for College - information on various tax-saving methods to save for college
The Student Guide - Dept. of Ed. Financial Information 
U.S. Dept. of Education Information for Students - includes portals for financial aid, grants and publications on aid, as well as college search and homework resources
Sallie Mae's College Answer - complete planning tips for first time college and financial aid process; similar to a private advisor. Features a "EFC" (expected family contribution) ESTIMATOR (go to Paying, Applying For Aid, then Family Contribution, then Estimating). 
Vouchers for Education of Current and Former Foster Care Youth - get information and application links to federally funded grants.