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Scholarships. Where to look for additional outside help to pay for school . Tips from College with additional supplements. Where to begin. Apply for FAFSA Apply for CSS Profile (some schools) Apply to schools Speak to financial aid officers at your schools.

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Where to look for additional outside help to pay for school

Tips from College with additional supplements

Where to begin

Where to begin

  • Apply for FAFSA

  • Apply for CSS Profile (some schools)

  • Apply to schools

  • Speak to financial aid officers at your schools

Sample questions to ask a financial aid officer

Sample Questions to Ask a Financial Aid Officer

  • From

  • These are good questions to ask in order to determine how much outside help to seek.

  • Examples:

    • Average total cost?

    • Priority deadline for financial aid?

    • Offer need-based and merit-based financial aid?

How to begin your outside scholarship search

How to Begin Your Outside Scholarship Search

  • Recognize that most financial aid comes from:

    • college grants

    • federal loan programs

It take times

It take times…

Searching for scholarships takes time and energy, but remember: It's free money. If you spend five hours applying for scholarships and receive only one $500 scholarship, that's the same as earning $100 an hour!

~Sallie Mae Foundation

How to begin your outside scholarship search continued

How to Begin Your Outside Scholarship Search (continued)

  • If you decide to search for outside scholarships:

    • It will be a timely process

    • Personalize and narrow your search – Do I meet the criteria for this scholarship?

    • Look at local scholarships

    • Research employers (both yours and your parents) and membership organizations

    • Use recently publishes scholarship books

    • Use online scholarship search engines *

    • Look at ISAC scholarships

    • Research institutional scholarships

    • Make an organized list of where you are applying

Narrow your search

Narrow Your Search

  • Basic narrowing points include:

    • School year, citizenship, state of residence, religion, ethnic background, disability, military status, employer and membership organizations

  • Other questions to narrow your search include:

    • What do I want to study?

    • What kind of career do I want to pursue?

Good questions to ask

Good Questions to Ask

  • What is the application process?

    • Submission form

    • Interview

  • What materials are required?

    • FAFSA and/or CSS Profile information

    • Transcripts

    • Essays

    • Recommendations

  • Is the scholarship renewable?

Look locally

Look Locally

  • Scholarships for students from your high school

  • Chicago scholarships

  • Cook County scholarships

  • Illinois scholarships

Your job and your parents too

Your Job (and your parents’ too)

  • Large companies have scholarships and tuition programs for employee’s children

  • Tell your parents to ask the Human Resources Office

  • Look at your own job for possible scholarship opportunities

    • Fast food chains

    • Department stores

    • Grocery stores

Membership organizations

Membership Organizations

  • Many membership organizations offer scholarships

  • Include:

    • Alumni clubs

    • Professional organizations

    • Community service organizations

    • Religious organizations

    • Sorority and Fraternity organizations

Good books

Good Books

  • Each year, new books are published with scholarship listings.

  • Go to your local bookstore or library to find these books.

  • Make sure the publication date is recent, to be sure the scholarships are still available.

Books recommended by the sallie mae fund

Books recommended by the Sallie Mae Fund

  • How to Get Money for College, by Woodburn Press

  • Cash for College, by NASFAA

  • How to Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families, by Gen and Kelly Tanabe

  • The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships, by Anna Leider and Anna Schimke

  • The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships

  • The Scholarship Book, by National Scholarship Research Service

  • The Scholarship Advisor, by Christopher Vuturo

  • Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider's Guide

  • Peterson's College Money Handbook

  • Paying for College without Going for Broke, by KalmanChany and Geoff Martz

  • Peterson's Winning Money for College



  • scholarship books to browse

Illinois scholarship programs from isac

Illinois Scholarship Programs from ISAC

  • Scholarships administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

  • Depends on the amounts allocation the Illinois General Assembly and Governor every year

Good free scholarship search engines to try

Good & Free Scholarship Search Engines to Try








  • Can narrow the search

  • Profile includes school information to narrow it

  • Student can provide additional information


  • Scholarship finder

  • Make a profile to refine your search


  • Sign up for free

  • Fill out an extensive profile to narrow your search when you first log in

  • List scholarships by deadline dates


  • Scholarship search is currently being updated, so unavailable for now

Gates millennium scholars

Gates Millennium Scholars

Scholarships for hispanic students

Scholarships for Hispanic Students



    • Latino College Dollars

Scholarships for african american students

Scholarships for African-American Students



    • Black College Dollars

Scholarships for asian students

Scholarships for Asian Students


Scholarships for undocumented students

Scholarships for Undocumented Students


Other websites

Other Websites




Institutional scholarships

Institutional Scholarships

  • Automatic scholarships for GPA or ACT/SAT scores?

  • Usually included in your financial aid package if factors in financial need with the merit-based portion

  • Some schools have application processes

  • After investigating, ask how and where to apply.

Tips from college board

Tips from College Board

  • Start looking early

  • Read eligibility requirements carefully

  • Organize your materials

    • Transcripts

    • Test scores

    • FAFSA and/or CSS Profile

    • Parent’s tax return information and other financial info

    • Essays

    • Recommendations

    • Proof of eligibility

Tips from college board cont

Tips from College Board (cont.)

  • Proofread the application and essays

  • Leave no blanks

  • Follow all instructions

  • Make sure it is legible

  • Make copies of everything you send

  • Send it in early!

More tips for searching

More Tips for Searching

  • Start looking early

  • Use all of your resources

  • Know which scholarships you meet the eligibility requirements

  • Complete the requirements on scholarship application

  • Be confident, yet polite in your application

  • Do not pay for scholarship searches

How will outside scholarships affect your financial aid package

How will outside scholarships affect your financial aid package?

  • Talk to a financial aid office member and ask

  • Individual schools handle outside scholarships differently

  • Often, university need-based grants are reduced first

  • Other times, outside scholarships may be applied to other costs, such as room and board or books

Good luck

Good luck!

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