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Will I be eligible for merit-based financial aid?

Merit-based financial aid, is offered through colleges and universities, or through private organizations, typically as scholarships. Scholarships are based on a talent you have, such as grades or test scores, musical or athletic ability or leadership skills.

Many colleges and universities have their own institutional scholarship programs. Check with the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend for more information. Your high school counselor and other people you know may help you with the application process. An essay is often required as part of the application; be sure to write the essay yourself.

There are other scholarships available through private organizations, such as businesses and service clubs. You can ask your high school guidance counselor for assistance. You can also research scholarships at the library, or on the web. Several reputable websites offer scholarship searches. If you find one that charges a fee, or if you're solicited by telephone, mail, or email, be careful. You can almost always find everything you need for free. If you have additional questions regarding the different types of merit-based financial aid, contact the college to which you may apply.

Get Scholarships

Step by step:

  1. Find and save scholarship profiles in your portfolio
  2. Work to meet eligibility requirements
  3. Prepare essays and recommendations for each
  4. Apply to each