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Scholarships - aid that helps you pay for your college education - unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year, according to FinAid! The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.

Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards, however, are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.

There are many free scholarship search engines on the Internet. Enter the keywords college scholarships to access such databases as FastWeb, and (To avoid scholarship scams, use caution and common sense at any sites that require a fee to enter.)

Sources of Aid In addition to loans and scholarships, which are the primary sources of financial aid, other kinds of aid are available to many students. These fall into broad categories: federal and state government aid; scholarship aid from the college itself; and scholarships based on a specific student profile such as race, religion and major.

Detailed information, including sources of, and criteria for obtaining, various types of aid is available at by following the Other types of Aid link.

Federal and State Government Aid - Information about the various forms of aid available from the federal government as well as state-aid programs including residency requirements for in-state tuition is available under the U.S. Federal and U.S. State Government links respectively.

Volunteering not only helps those in need, but it can provide money for your college education. Information included under the Scholarships for Volunteering and Community Service link will point you to the National Service Scholarships Program, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and other organizations.

If you are a veteran or the dependent of one, or if you are considering military service as a means of financing your college education you can visit the Military Aid link.

Tax credits are one of the most recent innovations in making higher education more affordable. For information on the HOPE Scholarship Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit click on Other Types of Aid and then Education Tax Benefits.

The College-Controlled Aid section of the site includes a directory of the financial aid offices at many colleges, universities and institutions of higher education. You can access information about individual school’s financial aid policies and procedures, including application deadlines. In addition, information on tuition payment plans (short-term installment plans that split your tuition into equal monthly payments) is also available.

This section also outlines information about scholarship programs offered only at specific schools, including college-controlled merit scholarships.

The Student Profile-Based Aid section lists resources specific to students with disabilities as well as scholarships, award programs and advice exclusively for members of ethnic minorities. A section for female students includes sources of scholarships, grants and other awards intended specifically for female students.

Additional links include financial aid information for students age 30 and older, and for Jewish students.

The Aid for Specific Activities section lists sources of grants (financial aid based on need, which you do not have to repay). These include numerous private organizations and government agencies which offer grants to students in all fields. Student athletes may want to access the section containing information about sports scholarships.

Numerous groups, particularly professional organizations, service organizations and corporations offer monetary and other prizes for higher education. The Contests section offers a directory of these organizations. (Remember: do not pay a fee of any kind when applying for scholarships.)

Scholarships for Specific Majors The following sites assist students who are pursuing specific majors or courses of study. If you don’t find your field of study listed below, you may want to look for it on This site is a link to all scholarly societies and professional organizations, some of which provide information on sources of financial aid for students majoring in particular fields.

Art - The Art DEADLINES List ( describes numerous contests, grants, scholarships, fellowships, jobs and internships in the Arts - Visual Arts, Poetry, Writing and Journalism, Multimedia, Film, Photography, Music, Dance, etc. It includes international and national contests and competitions for K-12 and college students.

Biology - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Web site at provides information on grant programs in Biology. The Institute can also be reached at 4000 Jones Bridge Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789; (301) 215-8888; E-mail them at

Engineering - The ASME Web site at provides information on Engineering scholarships that they sponsor. The Student section has information on various financial aid opportunities. If you have questions, you can contact Customer Service at 1-800-843-2763; 1-973-882-1170 or E-mail:

NACME ( is the nation’s largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority Engineering students. Awards include summer internships, research projects, career workshops and other opportunities. NACME scholarships are available to African American, Latino and Native American students. NACME can be reached at NACME, Inc., 440 Hamilton Ave, Suite 302, White Plains NY 10601-1813, (914) 539-4010; fax: (914) 539-4032.

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