Need help paying for college? There are nearly as many types of scholarships as there are types of people.
Scholarships are awarded for academic achievement, athletic achievement, special skills, or race, ethnicity, religion or military affiliation. Most scholarships are offered directly to students through the colleges.
Follow these general tips for scholarship search
- Be wary of fee-based search services.
- Start your search early; many scholarships have early deadlines.
- Create a check list of questions as you search for scholarships.
- Many colleges, high schools, and libraries have scholarship search tools that you can use free of charge.
- MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program
The program provides assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at Minnesota State two-year colleges.
- Free Scholarship Searches
Lists free scholarship websites reviewed by the Office of Higher Education.
- Scholarships Offered by Minnesota Institutions
This list, maintained by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, has information about scholarships provided by Minnesota institutions.
National Scholarship Websites
- CareerOneStop's Scholarship Search
Search more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities by type, location, race and ethnicity, and more.
- College Board's Scholarship Search
A comprehensive scholarship search tool.
A free searchable database of private-sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.
CollegeNET's scholarship search service that allows you to set up a profile for yourself and search for scholarships that best match your qualifications.
- NCAA Scholarships and Internships
The NCAA offers a variety of scholarships and grants for athletes. .
A free, searchable scholarship database from Sallie Mae.
A free college scholarship search engine and financial aid resource. The results match your profile with scholarships, and include custom application request letters.
Fill out the scholarship profile to locate scholarships that fit your needs, interests, and background. Immediately review your free customized scholarship search results and have access to unique time saving tools.
- American Indian College Fund
Provides useful information on tribal colleges and scholarship opportunities for Native American students.
- Financial Aid for Native American Students
Provides financial aid information for Native American students.
- Hispanic College Fund
Provides useful information on scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students.
- Resources for Undocumented Students
Learn about tuition policies, private scholarships and loans to help you pay for college.
- The United Negro College Fund
Awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF member college or university, including other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and majority institutions. UNCF also supports faculty members through grants for research and dissertation completion.
- American Association of University Women
One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
- Society of Women Engineers
National SWE scholarships available for freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors, graduate students and reentry students.
Do You Qualify for Military Benefits?
Locate scholarships and other education benefits specifically for military members, veterans and their families.
- Minnesota Educational Assistance for War Orphans
Qualified war orphans may receive financial assistance each year from the Department of Veterans Affairs to be used for tuition, books, supplies, room, and board.
- Minnesota Educational Assistance for War Veterans
Provides an educational benefit in the form of a one-time grant to Minnesota veterans who have exhausted their federal benefits.
- Minnesota National Guard Benefits
Members of the Minnesota National Guard may be eligible to receive specific veterans benefits, and may be eligible for federal and state grants from the federal government and the state of Minnesota.
- Military Service Education Benefits
Provides information compiled by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education on some of the key federal and state education benefits available to Minnesota veterans or those currently servicing in the military.
- FinAid, Military Student Aid
Provides information about student financial aid resources for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the military and for veterans and their dependents.
- GI Bill Web Site
Offers information on Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty and Selected Reserve, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) and more.
- Troops to Teachers
The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program assists eligible military personnel transitioning to a new career as public school teachers in schools serving students from low-income families. Financial as well as referral and placement assistance is provided.