Looking for a way to fund your postsecondary education plans? You’re in the right place! While figuring out how to fund college can seem like a daunting task, finding and applying to scholarships shouldn’t be. That’s why it’s important to know HOW to search for scholarships and WHERE to find the best ones for you. Google can be your best friend, if you know what to search for. Scholarships are the place where your uniqueness is meant to shine, so dig deep! Following these steps should ensure your time is used wisely and your chances to receive a scholarship are increased. PLEASE, NEVER EVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINE OR FAFSA
*REMINDER: You should be applying for scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year*
*Schools may not have their 2020-2021 scholarships updated just yet*
*Spring time is the most popular time for scholarships*
1) Fill out FAFSA @ https://fafsa.ed.gov
Before filling out FAFSA, both the student AND the parent needs to make their own FSA ID.
Very detailed instructions can be found here!
2) Check out what merit based scholarships you qualify (based off of GPA and SAT scores) for the specific institution(s) you’d like to attend
3) Start looking at private scholarships at the institution(s) you’d like to attend (some links below) Many scholarships end March 1st
Wayne State: https://wayne.edu/scholarships/private/list/
Henry Ford: https://hfcc.academicworks.com/
UofM Dearborn: https://umdearborn.edu/students/financial-aid/types-aid/scholarships/freshman-scholarships/more-freshman-scholarships
4) Search for community scholarships (Taylor, MI)
Check the "Scholarship Bulletin" tab for local/school scholarships
5) SEARCH FOR STATE Specific SCHOLARSHIPS
You COULD use generic search engines like https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search or https://www.salliemae.com/ just know those sites typically gain attention from students from all over so make sure you are looking with intent and purpose (use filters to make it specific to YOU)!