Need a little help finding ways to pay for college? We've listed several websites you can go to for help in finding financial aid or ways to earn scholarships. We have also created a guide for you, Tips for Searching for Scholarships, to help you in your search.
Scholarship & Financial Aid Websites
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – This is the application you must fill out in order to receive need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and financial aid from the federal government and the college(s) you apply to. You should submit the application as soon as possible. Your family's taxes should be done or be estimated in order to complete it. Submit it early to be eligible for the most grants and aid! To get a PIN (required to submit your FAFSA), go to their website.
Scholarship Databases/Search Engines
ASU Scholarship Database – ASU has compiled this comprehensive database of scholarships available to students enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an Arizona college or university.
Navigation 101 – Flowing Wells High School is implementing a new post-secondary planning Website. Among its features is a scholarship matching tool that will quickly match you with scholarships that you can apply for. Please see your counselor for a login code.
Fastweb – This scholarship internet supersite has information on thousands of local, state, and national scholarships as well as information on financial aid. Create a profile, and see Fastweb match you to scholarships you can apply for.
Latino College Dollars – This website has a vast list of scholarships that target Hispanic students.
Zinch – This website has a lot to offer for students in terms of getting connected to colleges. It also offers a scholarship matching tool.
Cappex – This website offers a database of $11 billion in Merit Scholarships. You can search for colleges as well.
General Scholarship Programs
Pima Federal Credit Union Scholarship – The local credit union is offering three scholarships to local high school students here in Tucson. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500. You must have an account or open an account in order to apply. The main criteria for the scholarship is how much impact you have had and will have on your community. Two essays and two letters of recommendation are also part of the application process. Visit the above website for more information and to apply.
The Beta Group Scholarship – The Beta Group is made up of the administrative assistants of Tucson’s chief executives. They are offering a $500 scholarship to those students who are going to college in Arizona and majoring in business or enrolled in an administrative assistant degree program. Visit their website above for more information and to apply.
Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship – If you are headed to a college in Arizona and are pursuing a degree in engineering, architecture, or a related science, you are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The engineering society will award four scholarships of between $1,500 and $5,000. The scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, distinguished leadership ability, community service, and written essays. Students applying must also present a written reference from a teacher or administrator. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Come to the counseling office for more information and to apply.
Home Depot Trade Scholarship – Are you going to be enrolled in a trade school program at a vocational school or college? If so, you are eligible to apply for these scholarships offered by Home Depot. 500 scholarships are available for $1,000 each. Visit the above website for more information and to apply.
A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students who demonstrate a financial need and who have a family member who derives the majority of their income from working agrigulture. To apply, you must write an essay discussing your personal and agricultural background. Visit the counseling office for an application.
College-Specific Scholarship Programs
ASU Old Pueblo Alumni Scholarship – Exclusively for those students in the Tucson area that are going to ASU, the old pueblo alumni chapter is offering a scholarship of $1,000. Selection criteria include academic performance, character, and a personal statement. Come to the counseling office for more information and to apply.
Pima Community College Chancellor’s Recognition Scholarship – Pima Community College is offering this one-year, FULL tuition scholarship to outstanding students who have excelled both academically and civically. You must have at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrate participation in school and/or community activities. Students with non-traditional achievements are encouraged to apply.
Simpson College Earth Corps Scholarship – You can earn up to $15,000 a year in exchange for working 8-10 hours a week to help the environment. This scholarhip is for students admitted to Simpson College.
College Financial Aid Websites
University of Arizona – Arizona Assurance – Students who have family income less than $42,400 are guaranteed funds to cover their full tuition, books, housing, and food costs.
Arizona State University – President Obama Scholars Program – Students who have family income less than $60,000 are guaranteed funds (minus expected family contribution) to cover their full tuition, books, housing, and food costs.
Vanderbilt University - This prestigious university in Nashville, Tennessee guarantees to meet 100% of student need through grants, gift aid, and employment. Students will not need to take out loans.