How to Apply for College Scholarships

Discover how to apply for college scholarships and find scholarships for free with Naviance.

Let’s face it: Being accepted to the college of your dreams is only good news if the tuition is within reach. Lots of students need some form of financial assistance to make college affordable, but navigating the options can be overwhelming. Unlike federal or state loans, scholarship money does not need to be paid back. Read on to learn more about Naviance’s tools that help make searching for scholarships easier, and tips for improving your application process.

How to Apply for College Scholarships

College is expensive and many students and families rely on scholarships to help with the financial burden. With so many other tasks on student to do lists — from writing their college essays to asking for recommendation letters— the job of researching and applying for scholarships can and does get pushed to the back burner.

According to U.S. News and World Report, college tuition prices have risen dramatically in the last 20 years. In 2021, the average cost of a private, four-year university in was roughly $41,000. For many people, scholarships are one of the only ways to offset these costs — and the good news is, there are millions of them to choose from

Scholarship Application Tips

Applying for scholarships is an important component to the process of applying to collegeHere are a few tips to help you get started: 

Identify your hobbies and interests.
When you ask yourself, “How do I find the right scholarships to apply for?,” begin by listing all of your hobbies and interests. From there, you can start searching for scholarships that overlap with those interests. 

Ask your school counselors for help.
Your school counselors have been through this before and, because they know you, they will understand what scholarships may work for you. Counselors hold a very important place in the college application process and should be well versed in application etiquette.

Check out Naviance.
When you need to find scholarships, check out Naviance’s apply for college scholarships and find out how it can help you navigate the college scholarship application process. Naviance is also a great resource for helping schools and districts get their students college ready.

Apply early and often.
As you research your scholarship options, pay close attention to deadlines and make sure not to miss them. Keep in mind that no scholarship amount is too small, and that you can continue to apply for scholarships each year that you attend college.

Naviance is dedicated to improving the college admissions process and, as always, we are here to help and support you all the way.

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