Helpful Links

The following are free resources for students seeking scholarships. The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina does not administer these sites and assumes no liability for information obtained from them.

Back to College - This site offers many links to scholarship help, including financial aid for adults returning to college.

College Foundation of North Carolina - Specifically for North Carolina students, the College Foundation of North Carolina's site contains tools and links to help you select a college, apply online, and pay for your education.

College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees - In addition to a page with links to scholarship search engines, this site offers tips for test preparation, an online directory of college admission & financial aid offices and links to college homepages.

College Scorecard – Information on this government site will allow students and parents to compare schools based on measurements that are important to them. For instance, you can search by cost, graduation rates and average salaries after graduation.

CollegeView - This page offers an overview of financial aid as well as several search options. - Save time by gaining access to one common application form that is accepted by many colleges and universities. Schools accepting the common application form are listed on the site.

Federal Student Aid - This office of the U.S. Department of Education is the place to start when researching financial aid options for college.

FinAid! - This general financial aid page is a great starting point for your web search. It is well organized, with lots of good links.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid - To qualify for federal financial aid (Pell grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), loans, work-study) you must file a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid." In addition, many college and independent scholarships require the "Student Aid Report," or SAR, generated by this application as documentation of financial need.

Free Test Prep - As a senior at Harvard, Jason Shah started this website offering free SAT-prep materials to help students who can't afford expensive preparatory programs.

Give US Your Poor – Horatio Alger Association - Give US Your Poor, in partnership with the Horatio Alger Association, offers college scholarships to homeless, formerly homeless, and at-risk students. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $20,000.

Golden Door Scholars - Golden Door Scholars provides scholarships for DACA students and scholarships for undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates. Preference will be given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition. 

Golden Leaf Foundation Scholarships – Scholarships are offered to North Carolina students who demonstrate financial need and reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent and/or economically distressed (click on the link to check your eligibility). Awards are renewable as long as the student’s residence remains within North Carolina.

In-State Tuition and State Residency Requirements - State residents often qualify for lower in-state tuition rates and state education grants. Most states have established residency requirements designated to prevent out-of-state students who become residents incidental to their education from qualifying.

Personal Identification Numbers - Access this site to obtain the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that serves as the electronic signature on your online FAFSA application.

Scholarships for Students – This is a great website to locate available scholarships for high school students, those already in college, minority students, students with disabilities, and many more categories.

Scholarship Scams - The Federal Trade Commission created this website to alert consumers and help them identify scholarship scams.

U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Postsecondary Education - Visit this site if you need help deciding which school is right for you and what your best loan options are. A list of scholarships is also available, including free matching options.

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