College can be expensive, so it is important to get as much of it paid for as you can. Financial aid and grants can cover some of it, but you can use scholarships to help pay the rest of the cost. The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) has a large amount of scholarships open to FCHS students and Johnson County residents. For a list of potential scholarships and their requirements click here (coming soon).
The application for the JCCF scholarships will be available in January. Visit their website for more information.
Anthony OŃeal is an author and speaker who stresses graduating from college debt free. He has a scholarship search engine and has also written a book on the steps to take to maximize scholarship dollars and graduate college debt free. For more information about his book, click here.
After you are admitted to a college/university, you can also search online for the name of your collge choice and ¨scholarships for freshmen¨ and you should be able to find scholarships specific to your institution. You will also receive information from your college/university about scholarship and grant opportunities. Even after you begin college, you can continue to apply for and receive scholarships.
Here are more scholarship search engines:
- College Testing Board ~ Standardized Testing and Financial Need Help: The College Board is a dynamic, member-led, mission-driven not-for-profit organization composed of more than 6,000 two- and four-year colleges, universities, secondary schools and districts, higher education systems, and other nonprofit organizations.
- CSS / Financial Aid Profile Online: The College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is an online application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government.
- Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education: The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.
- Fastweb!: Fastweb! helps searching students to find scholarships, internships, colleges, and more.
- Indiana Student Financial Aid Association: The Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA) is Indiana’s financial aid professional organization.
- State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana: The Division of Student Financial Aid’s (SFA) mission is to make college affordable through need-based financial aid awards and to allow choice by granting awards to those attending public, independent and proprietary colleges.
- United Negro College Fund: UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.
- Federal Student Aid: The Federal Student Aid Office of the US Department of Education makes it easier to get money for a higher education.
- eStudentLoan: eStudentLoan helps users find students loans for college in three easy steps.
- Student Loans
- FinAid! The Smart Student Guide: FinAid! makes information about loans, scholarships, savings, and military aid available and easy to use students.
- Scholarship Search Page: The Scholarship Search Page holds more than 50 free, online scholarship search sites listing thousands of scholarships and financial aid awards worth billions of dollars.
- Graduate Tutor: This site has $1.6 million worth of scholarships and is quickly growing. It is a free scholarship directory and requires no registration. Students can search for scholarships in multiple ways including keywords, courses, deadlines, courses, who it is open to and the scholarship amount.
- CareerInfoNet: Search more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
- CareersandColleges: Search more than 1.8 million scholarships worth $7 billion.
- College Answer: College Answer is an award database that contains more than 2.9 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion, and is expanded and updated daily.
- College Connection Scholarships: This site holds a monthly listing of free scholarship information.
- CollegeBoard Scholarship Search: CollegeBoard Scholarship Search is a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 billion in available aid.
- CollegeData: Use the Scholarship Finder search engine to search 500,000 awards worth more than $2.3 billion.
- CollegeNet/Mach 25: This site offers a database of $1.6 billion in scholarships.
- CollegeToolKit: Search scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, family affiliation or extracurriculars.
- eCampusTours: A scholarship search that contains a database of more than 10,000 scholarship programs that distribute awards worth more than $36 million.
- Financial Aid Officer: A scholarship database listing scholarships worth $1.45 billion.
- FindTuition: FindTuition is a listing of more than $7 billion in scholarships and grants.
- FreeScholarshipGuide: FreeScholarshipGuide is a comprehensive guide to more than 4,000 scholarships worth more than $10 million.
- ImmediateScholarships: In 30 seconds, this site matches students to scholarships ranging from $500 to $50,000.
- Nelnet College Planning: This tool offers more than 1.7 million awards totaling nearly $8 billion.
- Scholarship Experts: Search 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14 billion.
- ScholarSite: Search detailed and up-to-date information on approximately 600,000 financial aid opportunities.
- Zinch.com: This site will match you to $1.9 billion in scholarships and financial aid.