Many private scholarships are offered each year to college students by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, government, civic, religious, social and fraternal organizations. Applying for such scholarships can be time consuming, so it's important to start as early as possible. A quick way to start a scholarship search is to utilize specialized scholarship search sites on the web. The ones listed below are among the most popular FREE scholarship search sites.
College Board's FUND FINDER
FastWeb Scholarships Search
FinAid (Financial Aid Information Page)
Several for-profit companies throughout the United States offer similar computerized search services, often charging fees. The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of Student Financial Aid does not recommend these services and suggests you thoroughly investigate them before submitting any fees to them.
The OSFA does post all notifications received regarding external scholarships on the scholarship board in our office. The board is updated as notifications are received, so it is recommended that students check the scholarship board in the OSFA periodically throughout the year. In addition, please visit the following Scholarship Information Packet for a complied list of various scholarship opportunities:
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
"This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
"You can't get this information anywhere else."
"I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
"We'll do all the work."
"This scholarship will cost some money."
"You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship."; or
"You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.
If you believe you've been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
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