We’ve gathered some of the best web-based resources from around the country to help you in your search for scholarships and financial aid.
The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid program ensures all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Students must file a Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before their freshman year and up until their senior year to determine and maintain their eligibility for federal aid. Here are resources to help:
Both a parent and the student must sign up for a free Federal Student Aid PIN to electronically apply for federal student aid and access your records online.
Use the Federal School Code Search to search for colleges you are interested in including on your FAFSA.
College Board is a longtime source of information about college readiness, academic testing and financial aid. Students can register for upcoming standardized test dates and view practice questions for the SAT. The site also walks students through the process of planning for college and choosing a program of study.
Fastweb is a free scholarship database that matches you with scholarships using the information in their profile. The site also provides information about financial aid, college admissions and student life, as well as helpful calculators and tools.
This site has a wealth of useful information about funding your education with scholarships, loans and savings accounts. It also offers tools to calculate college costs, loan payments, savings and expected family contribution.
Scholarship America is the nation’s largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization. It offers a resource center with information about test preparation, financial aid, admissions and career exploration. It also provides links to open scholarship opportunities.
This site gives you access to a database of 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14 billion. You can customize your search by your hobbies, interests and academic background.
Search more than 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth more than $19 billion. Its College Directory has information about more than 7,000 colleges nationwide, including admission statistics, tuition, fees and scholarships.
This site matches you with a mentor who can help you determine your academic and career goals, as well as give you advice about interviewing, time management and applying for financial aid.
This U.S. Department of Labor site offers a scholarship search that allows you to search by award type, study level and different affiliations.
College Savings Plan Network
Get detailed information about 529 college savings plans around the country.
Resources for college, scholarships, financial aid and career exploration.
The site, operated by the Human Rights Campaign, identifies scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, by state and school.
This service of the University System of Ohio identifies many of the resources above and more. It suggests how students can prepare and save for college, how to apply for Ohio financial aid, benefits available for veterans, and a guide to Ohio campuses, for example.
The OSB Association is similarly committed to making sure college-bound students and their families find all the resources you need. Visit this website for information about testing, college fairs, and other high school-focused information.
Offers a wealth of information and ideas for educators and students who are pursuing science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) careers.
Don’t forget to visit the scholarship sites of colleges to which you are applying or have already been accepted. The Ohio State scholarship page, for example, lists all available scholarships, deadline dates, and requirements.
Considering a career in agriculture. The OFB Foundation offers scholarships just for you.
OACCS, working with participating colleges and schools, and members of the State Legislature of Ohio, offers scholarships for Ohio high school seniors. Information is sent to high schools, libraries, and your state representative and senator.
Search scholarships available by location, major, ethnicity and religion. This particular link is specifically for Ohio scholarship opportunities.
Richland County resources
The Community Foundation offers scholarships annually, thanks to education-minded people throughout Richland County.
High school juniors and seniors should meet with his or her guidance counselor regularly. Many local and statewide organizations send scholarship opportunities to high school guidance counselors.
Local colleges offer scholarships and grants: North Central State College, The Ohio State University at Mansfield along with Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University offer detailed explanation of scholarships and what you need to do to apply.