Where can I find information about financial aid as an undergraduate student?
Candid does not give grants/donations, suggest specific funders, or approach them on your behalf. More about Candid’s mission. Please refer to the tips and websites in this article.
Before seeking foundation grants to help offset the costs of your higher education, you should pursue the following avenues:
- Learn about federal aid opportunities.
- Fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate an early estimate of your eligibility.
- Learn about state-level funding from your state's financial aid agency.
- Contact the financial aid office(s) at the school(s) you are considering.
- Explore scholarship sites and directories, like The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2022, which you can borrow for free from our Overdrive eBook collection. If the 2022 edition is unavailable, we also have this previous edition, The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2019.
- Ask about scholarships from other organizations in your personal and professional networks, for example:
- Department office for your academic program
- Local or regional alumni clubs
- Community, civic and religious organizations
- Businesses or corporations that employ you, your parents, or your spouse
You can search for foundation grants with Grants to Individuals, our searchable database of grantmakers that provide support directly to individual grantseekers, including students. To search from your own computer, you can subscribe at our web site, or you can use it for free at Candid's Funding Information Network partners.
If you are seeking funding as a graduate student, please see our related Knowledge Base article Where can I find information about financial aid as a graduate student?
If you are seeking funding as an international student, please see our related Knowledge Base article Where can I find scholarships and fellowships for international students?
Worksheet for scholarship seekers
Answer the questions in these fillable PDF worksheets before you start your scholarship search. Your answers will help you focus your search and suggest words or phrases that you can use in you search to uncover opportunities you might not have considered before. Download the worksheets.
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U.S. Dept of Education
Federal Student Aid
Information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. Includes online Free Application Form for Student Aid (FAFSA). Is a source of free information, guidance, and tools for federal student assistance.
Find Grants and Scholarships
A searchable directory of education grants and scholarship providers. It is a public service of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and its student loan servicing operations, FedLoan Servicing and American Education Services
Michigan State University Libraries - Grants for Individuals
Compilation of grants for individuals - searchable by academic level, population group, and subject.
Pay for College
Offers the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing.
Plan for College
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NSF - National Science Foundation
Special Programs for Undergraduate Students
Programs for undergraduate students that focus on educational development in areas such as curricula development, training, and retention.
National Consumer Law Center
Student Loan Borrower Assistance
National Consumer Law Center's Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project is a resource for borrowers, their families, and advocates representing student loan borrowers. This site is for people who already have student loans and want to know more about them.
The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2022: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes
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The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2019: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes
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