Scholarships and Financial Aid
The first place to look for information on scholarships and financial aid is in the academic institution you wish to attend. Virtually all have financial aid offices and many have placed their resource info on line. Academic institutions store detailed aid information on generic national programs as well as on specialized opportunities available only to their students or, indeed, only to students enrolling in particular academic programs at that institution.
Here are links to financial aid information posted by three Arizona universities as examples.
A good way to find similar information at other universities is to visit their home page and enter the word “scholarship” in the search window. The VCC’s Automated Advisor contains contact information for 6,916 post secondary schools listed in a US Department of Education database.
- View the Schools directory within the VCC’s Automated Advisor
Reviewing the total list would be overwhelming. Clicking on the “Customize these results” link near the top of the page will
allow you, for example, to restrict your search to a single school or to a subset of institutions offering bachelor degrees within your state. Google’s university search will lead you to similar information on academic institutions offering only graduate and
After reviewing financial aid and scholarship information at the school(s) you plan to attend, two of the Open Directory Project's Education Directories offer a wealth of information; Yahoo and
CareerOneStop have compiled similar resources.
Finally, relevant information can be obtained from search engines supported by advertising; these purport to match your demographic characteristics with available opportunities.
Be very careful when searching for scholarship and financial aid information on the Internet. Scams and fraud are commonplace. The consequences range from simply having your email address appear on spam lists to serious financial loss. For example, “prospects” that require you to pay in advance of financial aid actually received are cause for suspicion if not alarm.