Free College Financial Aid:
7 Fantastic Sources to Check

Finding free college financial aid can really make going to school easier, and less stressful. You can work harder on your classes and get more done.

This list of resources can help you find that free money for college. Take a minute and check each one. You may find that your college tuition will be paid.

Sources to check

1. The Amazing FAFSA!

The FAFSA is the free application for federal student. You use this to ask for government aid, including Pell grants, Stafford loans, Perkins loans, PLUS loans, TEACH grants, FSEOG grants, work-study programs, as well as a few more.

It’s worth filling out. You’ll find a lot of money in those programs.

2. Your School

Go to the financial aid office at your college or university. You should be able to apply for any scholarships or grants that are directly awarded to students at your school.

3. Private Scholarships

Many organizations offer scholarships for you to go to any college or university. Some of this free college financial aid comes from large companies such as Wal-Mart, Pepsi Co, Best Buy, and many others.

You can find these scholarships and grants through a scholarship search engine, but also as you shop and spend money, you can ask companies if they offer a scholarship. Many have posters at their stores.

4. Your Employer

Yes! Many employers have programs to help you get a college degree. Why? Because it makes you a better employee, and a happier one.

You should ask your human resources department about this, and you can also ask your supervisor. These programs will usually be reimbursement for a portion of your tuition after you complete a class or two with a good grade.

These work great.

5. Your State

Many states offer their own grants and scholarships to give away free college financial aid, you just need to apply. You can search for your state’s office of higher education to see what they offer, and you can also download my free e-book that includes state programs.

6. Your City

Many large cities offer scholarship programs for residents. To take advantage of this one, just call your city offices and ask if they have any scholarships or grants for college students.

7. Your High School

Most high schools have guidance counselors to help students get into college. They also often have ideas and resource books that list free college financial aid sources, like scholarships and grants, for which you can apply.

This is a great place to start if you are still high school. The more you apply for, the more likely you are to find one!

Here's an extra hint: Apply for several. And keep applying.

Bonus: More places to look…

The Department of Energy has its own scholarship program to give away free college financial aid to deserving students. If you like space, so does NASA, for students that excel in space related work.

Did you know that sometimes foreign governments also offer financial aid? It’s true. Look up a few countries to see what they offer.

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