Financial Aid by Category

There are many different types of financial aid available to aspiring college students, but probably the most desirable are the free ones. You know, the ones that need never be repaid. Scholarships, grants, and contests are common examples of this latter and you would be wise to apply for as many as possible before taking on student loans. You can do this most efficiently by searching for scholarships at You just enter a bunch of information about yourself and they tell you which scholarships you should apply for based on the profile you have created. It only takes fifteen minutes or so to complete the search and it could pay off in a big way. Go to's "Success Stories" section to read real stories from people who have used their free service.

Corporate Scholarships & Grants

Large corporations offer some of the largest scholarships and grants available. Coca-Cola, Dell, and Discover are just a few of them. More..

Minority Scholarships

Another general category for scholarships that offers a great deal of financial aid to those seeking funding for a post-secondary education is ethnicity. Most minority scholarships are created for those felt to be under-represented in a particular field or school and these scholarships are intended to help deal with the perceived underrepresentation. More..

Foundations & Grants

There are many foundations and grants out there as well and these are also a great source of financial aid. For example, you might be able to get a research grant, which could be particularly helpful if you are already in college and can get both credit AND money for doing research. More..


Fellowships are generally known as a type of financial aid reserved for graduate students. Generally speaking, this is true, but there are some fellowships for those still in their first four years of post-secondary education. More..

September 11 Scholarships

Many people were impacted by the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. More than a few foundations have focused their energy on making sure those dependent on the people who lost their lives that day would still have an opportunity to get an education. More..