Beyond Federal and State Student Aid
Your search for student aid starts with federal and state aid programs, but it shouldn't
end there. Many student aid programs besides federal and state aid exist to help
pay for college.
More than $43 billion annually in privately sponsored student aid comes from colleges,
employers, and private organizations.
Use the following list of resources as a guide to help your search for other sources
of student aid.
- College-specific aid – Most colleges offer scholarships to students.
Nearly one third of first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students receive college-specific
aid awards. Ask a financial aid administrator for the college's list of scholarships.
Putting in the effort will be worth it when you receive a scholarship!
- Employer-based aid – Many employers offer scholarships for their
student workers or children of their workers. Check with your employer to see if
you are eligible for an educational scholarship. Also, ask family members to check
with their employer's human resources department about student aid.
- Community-based scholarships – Community groups often raise money
throughout the year for college scholarships. Look on your city's website or check
with the community center for a list of organizations in your area. You can also
check with your high school counselor, as they often keep a list of local scholarships.
Make time to review the list of scholarships and take notes on awards you are eligible
to receive. For a list of scholarship search utilities, visit our
- Scholarships associated with activities and clubs – You may be
eligible for a scholarship associated with a club, organization, or sports team
that you are a part of. Check their websites or inquire with an official within
cost of college
is substantial and
growing every year.
It's worth the extra effort to find every source for student aid out there.