There are billions of dollars in scholarship and grant money awarded each year!  Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, ethnicity, religion, and more.

You don’t need to be a valedictorian or football star to win scholarship money – there are scholarships for all types of students. But you do need to put some effort into your search.

The Five Paragraph Essay measures basic writing skills and has a guide to help you practice applying for scholarships.

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MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP: The Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students with Family Incomes up to $171,000 with scholarships to attend a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) campuses.

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SCHOLARSHIPS.COM: The free scholarship search is one of the most established and robust, tracking a reported $19 billion in scholarships. After you fill out a profile, the site will use your criteria to filter through all scholarships to generate a short list. Based on your answers, it’ll try to match the student to scholarships that may be a fit.

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BIG FUTURE: The College Board’s comprehensive BigFuture site helps students look up information about colleges and how to pay for school. Its scholarships search engine provides information on more than $6 billion in scholarships, financial aid and internships.

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CAPPEX: Cappex.com allows students to search both schools and scholarships, with a database of more than $11 billion in scholarships. A proprietary calculator also allows students to gauge their chances of getting into prospective schools with user-generated data.

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FASTWEB: Fastweb, owned by parent company Monster.com, is also a free scholarship search provider that claims to have more than 1.5 million scholarships in its database. Like scholarships.com, the site will find scholarships in its database and email you matches, deadlines and newsletters.

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MILITARY.COM: Waiver of mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University or University of California campus.

Petersons

PETERSON'SPeterson’s is a one-stop scholarship resource — not that we recommend this strategy —  with a number of great (and free!) resources. The site boasts $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more. But it’s not just a stockpile of scholarships. It also has the tools and tips you need to start your search — and its search filters make navigation simple.

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SALLIEMAE: With SallieMae.com you can find college scholarships that match your skills, activities, and interests based on the profile you create. You can also set up customized alerts to notify you when a new scholarship that matches your profile becomes available.

Unigo

UNIGO: Like Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories. Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site.

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U.S. VETERAN'S MAGAZINE: A variety of scholarships are available to veterans and their spouses and families. Please visit the individual websites for most up to date information on the various scholarships, complete eligibility requirements, and deadlines if no link is provided.