Saving for education

There are hundreds of resources available to students to find scholarships to help offset college expenses. Finding scholarships can take a tremendous amount of time and effort and it can become difficult prioritizing which scholarships you should apply for.

Many students rely on scholarship resource websites where you can register and pay a fee to get matched with scholarships that are the best match for your needs. There are also a lot of local scholarship opportunities from local non-profit organizations and member organizations.

The key is to research options, give yourself enough time to complete the scholarship information and be prepared with the correct supporting information (letters of references, etc.) to have the best success in getting those scholarship dollars.

Reach Higher Montana

Learn how to plan and pay for college and prepare your career path. Reach Higher Montana is a resource for Montana students looking for counseling. They help find scholarships and other financial aid, find colleges, etc. Visit reachhigermontana.org

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

A website run by the U.S. Department of Education provides students with access to financial resources. By filling out the free online form, FAFSA matches you with federal student aid resources. You must register to get information. Visit fafsa.ed.gov.

According to their website, they are the “leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school.” You must register to get information. Visit fastweb.com.

Scholly

According to their website, Scholly “started as a personalized scholarship search app” but has become a resource for students “at every stage of their academic journey.” The site provides matching services for scholarships, a writing assistant for essays, resumes and homework, and a math resource. You must register to get information. Visit myscholly.com.

BigFuture

Find the right college and look for careers using this online resource for students. The site has resources for grants, fellowships, scholarships and more. You must register to get information. Visit bigfuture.collegeboard.com.

College Greenlight

Another online resource is College Greenlight, which specializes in helping students find the perfect college. You must register to get information. Visit collegegreenlight.com.

Collegexpress

This website helps students find colleges, search for scholarships, and find “expert advice on financial aid, application essays, standardized tests” and more. You must register to get information. Visit collegexpress.com.

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