25 Excellent College Scholarship Search Engines

By Theresa Donahue
January 3rd, 2010

If you think your choice of an online education eliminates you from scholarships, think again. Many scholarships are geared toward students’ religious preferences, disabilities, ethnic backgrounds and other criteria. This type of scholarship, offered by private and public sector and not-for-profit organizations, usually does not focus on whether you’ve chosen an on-campus college or an online college. Additionally, many scholarships focus on high school test scores, grade point averages (GPA) and other eligibility requirements that have nothing to do with your college choice. Additionally, online colleges can often prove to be just as expensive as traditional universities, especially schools like George Washington University, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt University.

Therefore, almost any scholarship offered by a school or other resource usually is as valuable in an online environment as it is in the on-campus venue; however, some scholarships may ask for your college choice and may eliminate you if your choice is not accredited. Find out if your college is accredited and whether it offers and accepts scholarships first. Then, go through the list below to find even more resources for your online college education. The twenty-five excellent college scholarship search engines shown below are listed in alphabetical order to show that we do not value one resource over another.

  1. Adventures in Education: Use this quick search engine to learn about 15,000 scholarships available to a wide variety of students and college needs.
  2. Broke Scholar: You don’t need to be broke to find scholarships at this search engine, home to over 850,000 scholarship award listings. Fill out a profile that provides information about you and your goals, and you can define your search to fit your specific needs.
  3. Careers and Colleges: You can register for free to search through over seven billion dollars in college scholarships and grants at this online search engine. Careers and Colleges also offers a $2,000 monthly scholarship giveaway.
  4. CareerOneStop: This career site provides a search engine that links to more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans and other financial aid opportunities. The search is divided by award type, residence preference, study level and affiliation restrictions.
  5. College Board: Find scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match your education level, talents and background. This database contains over 2,300 sources for college funding.
  6. College Data: Find scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for your grade point average (GPA), gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study.
  7. CollegeFunds.net: Sign up to receive information about student loans, scholarships and other financial aid resources.
  8. CollegeToolkit: Enter to win one of this site’s $1,000 scholarships and search through their resources to find more scholarship opportunities.
  9. EdFed 2010: America’s top student loan provider also provides a search engine to find scholarships for your online or on-campus education.
  10. Education Planner: Search through scholarships available to graduate and undergraduate students at this site, powered by Peterson’s.
  11. FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid maintains a search engine to find scholarships. Filling out this application for aid also can help you define your answers to many scholarship questions and may provide you with many government resources for student financial aid. You must register to use this resource.
  12. FastWeb: This popular college funding resource provides information on 1.3 million scholarships worth over three billion dollars. FastWeb has been assisting students and parents for nearly fifteen years.
  13. FindTuition: Register to gain access to over 1.7 million scholarships with a free scholarship search tool that allows users to search, research, target, and manage scholarship opportunities via specific college, athletic, and major targeted searches.
  14. Fresch! This free scholarship search engine allows users to fill out a profile and create a custom search for scholarships.
  15. Mach25: Enter a series of keywords to find all scholarships that contain those same words in the name or description. You also can fill out a personal profile to find matches for your educational needs.
  16. NextStudent: This resource includes consolidated, private student, PLUS, private consolidation and Federal Stafford loans and also runs Scholarships 101, a database filled with over 5.9 million scholarships and grants from over 69,000 sources.
  17. Sallie Mae: This search engine provides access to a scholarship database that contains more than three million scholarships for all types of students. You must register to gain access to this information. Sallie Mae also provides college loans.
  18. Scholarship Experts: Register to receive information about the scholarships that might work for you as an online college student. Scholarship Experts has been helping parents and students find scholarships and free money since 2001.
  19. Scholarship Monkey 2.0: Scholarship Monkey is a free service for students and parents wishing to obtain scholarship information for any academic pursuits. Register, fill out a profile, and gain access to over one million scholarships from over 4,000 sources.
  20. Scholarships.com: Fill out a profile to find a scholarship that might fit you and your educational goals and create an application file that contains commonly requested information, save it to your computer and use it to complete future scholarship searches and applications at any Scholarship Data Standard site.
  21. ScholarSite: This site is filled with detailed and up-to-date information on approximately 600,000 financial aid opportunities, with the ability to find scholarships by institution, academic discipline and more.
  22. School Soup: This search engine will find scholarships that match your interests and profile by searching through $32 Billion worth of scholarships. Scholarships with the best matches are listed first.
  23. Student Awards: This site contains a comprehensive database of awards offered by public and private sector and not-for-profit organizations. You also can find awards that are only available to studentawards.com members.
  24. StudentScholarshipSearch: Register to search through free scholarship updates across a wide variety of requirements. The site not only focuses on national scholarships, but also includes scholarships by state and level of education. You might also visit the companion site, ScholarshipPoints to earn points for free scholarships worth up to ten thousand dollars.
  25. SuperCollege: Register to search through over two million college scholarships, grants, fellowships and contests that can help you pay for your online college education.
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