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Scholarships Facts


Approximately 20,000 students each year, or roughly 0.3 percent, will receive a full-ride scholarship that will cover all their costs. Meaning that you more than likely will not get a full ride so don't bank on full-ride scholarships to cover the cost of the college experience.  In most cases, students will need to use a combination of federal aid (grants and loans), institutional awards, private scholarships and cash to help cover all their costs.

Caucasian students are 40 percent more likely to win private scholarships than minority students. 

 Students with a family income between $50,000 and $100, 000 (middle-income) are more likely to win scholarships than those who make less than $50,000. Not every scholarship program is based on need (income), so students should never assume that their family income will prevent them from winning scholarships.

Providers do not create scholarships with the intention of not disbursing the funds.  The myth about millions in unclaimed scholarship money has been around for over 30 years

 Students who wait until senior year are already behind the ball. Many scholarship programs are open to students in elementary, middle and high school (and college!).

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Where to find scholarships

College Board Scholarship Search
Scholarships.com
Chegg Scholarship Search
Niche Scholarship Search Engine

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