Are you looking for a scholarship to your dream university? You may not know how or where to start looking, but doing your homework and research, you can find a scholarship perfect for you.

The beauty of a scholarship is that, unlike loans, you don’t need to repay them. There are hundreds and thousands of scholarships each year; you just have to hunt for them. Schools, employers, parents’ employers, nonprofits, religious institutions, and organizations offer a variety of them.

Scholarships can be found in a variety of places. However, be weary when searching online. Don’t give confidential information unless you trust the site and never pay to find a scholarship, because that may be a scam.

Each scholarship has its own process and deadline. Therefore, if you find one you think could apply to you, make sure to do your research to determine the requirements.

If you are awarded a scholarship make sure to let your university know, because that will affect your student aid and your payments. According to Federal Student Aid, below are some free sources that you can use to find scholarships.

Career services at your university

High school or student guide counsel

Financial aid office at your university

The U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool

Federal agencies

Your state grant agency

Your library’s reference section

Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups

Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest

Ethnicity-based organizations

Your employer or your parents’ employers

Don’t give up when you feel overwhelmed while searching for a scholarship. Any amount of money can be extremely helpful when paying for your education. Put in the time and work and you won’t regret it.

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