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How to Find Non-Need Based Scholarships

If your family already has the money to pay for your college, then you’re all set! If your family doesn’t have any money to pay for college, then you’ll qualify for financial aid, and then you’ll be all set!

But what about when your parents have the money to pay for college but aren’t willing to, or can’t? There are many college students who find themselves in a very difficult position when it comes to paying for their college education: they’re not getting any help from financial aid and they’re not getting any help from their families. Not knowing where they’ll get the money to pay for school, or if they even can, is a tremendously stressful feeling.

A non-need scholarship may be an answer to those of us who find themselves stuck in the middle. A non-need scholarship is money given to students for reasons that have nothing to do with their financial situation. Instead, they require that you submit an application, provide details about who you are and what you plan to do, and sometimes write an essay.

The following is a list of places to look and people to talk to regarding non-need based scholarships.

Where to look:

Cappex: By signing up for your free account with Cappex and creating a detailed profile for yourself, you can search for, as well as be matched with, scholarships where you’ll benefit the most from applying. Visit to find out more information on the many scholarships Cappex can put you in touch with.

Media: Check your newspapers and watch for commercials. Look for advertisements, flyers, and billboards. Information on scholarships is everywhere.

Online: Do a simple web search for non-need based scholarships.

Bookstores: There are books you can buy that list the different scholarships you can apply for and how to do so.

Who to talk to:

Teachers and Counselors: Educators receive lots of information on scholarships and would likely assist you in the application process as well.

Organization Leaders: If you’re a member of a church or club, such as scouts, your organization leader may have information on scholarships available for those groups.

Parents and Relatives: Ask everyone you know to keep an eye out for scholarships you could apply to. The more eyes involved in looking, the better your chances are of coming up with a few places to submit an application.

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Scholarship Alert! 7 Scholarships to Apply for Today

scholarshipsIllustrationIconLooking for scholarships can be a tedious process (especially if you– cough, cough– haven’t made a profile that will literally match you to scholarships that are in your reach). So, from us to you, here is a list of 7 scholarships with approaching deadlines that are all fairly simple to apply to.

See if you’re a match!

1. Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship
Deadline-August 12
Quick fact-Don’t be turned away men! This scholarship is open to both men and women enrolled in college.

2. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Deadline-August 24
Quick fact- 5 scholarships will be awarded.

3. “First Kiss” Scholarship
Deadline-September 1
Quick fact-Available for high school students to adult college students, all you have to do to apply is write a 250 word story about your, yep, first kiss. Haven’t had one yet? Make it up.

4. Go! Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline-September 15
Quick fact- This is for students who are planning on studying abroad.

5. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarship
Deadline-September 17
Quick fact-Yes, a book and an essay are involved, but there will be 84 scholarship winners!

6. Hit the Books Scholarship
Amount- $500
Deadline-September 30
Quick fact- Scholarship award must be used for educational books and materials.

7. Just Poetry Scholarship
Deadline-September 30
Quick fact-9 scholarships will be awarded to applicants who submit their original poetry.

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7 Scholarships to Apply for Over the Summer

scholarshipsIllustrationIconOver the last couple of weeks we’ve posted a lot about different things about college tuition–the most expensive private schools, the least expensive private schools, etc.  We know your mind will never fully be free from thinking about how much college will cost you, but we can try to help a bit!

Our best advice–start your college scholarship search this summer! Scholarships are one of the best ways to lower the cost of tuition, and these all have simple applications you should be able to do in a short amount of time.

Here are 6 summer scholarships you should apply to now!

See if you’re a match:

1. I Don’t Want to Pay for College
Deadline-June 30
Quick fact-Applying for this scholarship is as simple as making a Cappex profile.

2. A GPA Isn’t Everything
Deadline-July 31
Quick fact- Same as the I Don’t Want to Pay scholarship, just make an account to apply!  

3. OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award
Deadline-July 31
Quick fact-High school seniors through doctoral-level students are eligible to apply to this scholarship.

4. Lincoln Forum Scholarship
Deadline-July 31
Quick fact-3 awards will be given away.

5. Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Scholarship
Deadline-August 1
Quick fact-All years of high school students are eligible.

6. Shut Up & Sweat Athletic Gear Student Athlete Scholarship
Deadline-August 1
Quick fact-This scholarship will be awarded to 3 different high school student athletes.

7. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Deadline-August 24
Quick fact-You must be enrolled in college to apply for this scholarship.

Did you apply to any? Any tips to other students? Leave a comment!