It can be hard work trying to gather information about scholarships, to assist you on your search the following are the top ten sites that you should check out when looking for a scholarship.
Cappex are not afraid to brag about their large scholarship database stating that they have more than $11 billion in scholarships. However the registration on this particular site can be rather annoying, but once you are over this hurdle you will be glad that you bothered. Cappex differs from other sites as it is complete with a “What are my chances?” tool which goes through the motions of calculating your chances of getting into certain colleges before you apply.
Chegg has expanded over the past few years and it has come a long way from its beginning as an online textbook store. Since acquiring Zinch the scholarship match service in 2011 it hosts scholarships that total over $1 billion. With a simple interface the mandatory sign up is definitely worth your time. Chegg is complete scholarship help, and the site also offers many other areas of assistance for students.
The site Collegenet offers an impressive repertoire of scholarships. It is possible to search using a keyword or to create your own personalized profile to get specific results, you can also manage, create and save lists in order to revisit at a later time. The scholarships on this site are listed by the award amount, with the highest listed first, and whilst the site search results are extensive it would be more beneficial with more filtering and or tools to help the student organize their information.
Fastweb is a division of Monster, and offers more than 1.5 million scholarships which total more than $3.4 billion. It is a very organized site with a superb search facility that makes finding what you want so easy. Probably the only minor drawback with Fastweb is that you have to fill out a profile in order to get started however this profile is used to match you to the scholarships that are most likely suited to you and the sign up is reasonably quick and easy.
Niche formerly known as College Prowler, is one of the easiest sites to use and is really well organized, meaning it is easy for students to find and apply for scholarships immediately. It is possible to browse the categories, and these include sports, career, interest area and major, however when you get out of these preset groups it can be difficult to filter the results. However as there is no sign up required and it is user friendly niche is a powerful and simple resource.
Whilst I am not making a recommendation Peterson’s really is a one stop scholarship resource with many free resources offered. Peterson’s boasts scholarship awards that top $10 billion as well as a number of impressive articles, test prep resources and so on. Peterson’s is not just a site of scholarships it also offers a number of tools and tips that help the student to search and with the excellent search filters navigation is made easy. Simply filling out a really short survey as you progress will allow you to tailor your search giving you far more control over things than some of the other sites that require extensive profile filling before you can even get started.
The College Board
The College Board not only offers a plethora of scholarships but also an abundance of other resources including articles, tests, college search tools and so on. The College Board not only shows scholarships, with financial aid and internships from over 2,200 programs but also other student information.
With millions of student opportunities worth a massive $19 billion, as the largest provider of scholarship information students can browse by category, however to make use of the extensive opportunities you will have to create a profile. There appears to be just one flaw whilst the site offers an abundance of information regarding alternative forms of financial aid it does lack some of the resources that the competitor sites offer.
There are three search options available on Scholarship Monkey and these include a personalized search, keyword search and list of scholarships. Any of these results can then be filtered further by college however not by any other criteria. Regardless of the huge index of scholarships the site is definitely not as easy to navigate as others which make it far more difficult to take full advantage of what it has to offer. Scholarship Monkey ranks low on the list because of spam, even after you unsubscribe you will find that you still receive a number of emails. Regardless of this it is a useful tool with a huge scholarship database even if it is a little more difficult to use than competitor sites.
In the same way as Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer apart from scholarships which includes jobs, internships, college rankings and profiles, articles an area to purchase text books. The site offers profile based matching and easy to browse categories when it comes to the scholarships. The best thing about Unigo has to be the easy to use interface which makes finding scholarships simple. Unigo is also incredibly security conscious which includes the privacy of a user’s personal information.