Unlike student loans, scholarships for college don’t have to be paid back. They’re gifts awarded to individuals based on financial need or personal achievements in different areas of life, such as:
- Exceptional athletic ability
- Outstanding academic performance
- Dedication to a cause or public service work
Your current employer may even offer a scholarship for your education. Although you may qualify financially for federal and state grants, you can also apply for scholarships as long as the total amount of your scholarships and grants does not exceed the cost of your education.
Finding scholarships for an online or on-campus education isn’t difficult, but it does take time. It’s best to start your search 1 year before the date you plan to begin your degree program, as you’ll have a better chance of receiving a scholarship if you apply for scholarships from multiple sources. Scholarship programs have strict application deadlines, so be sure to submit yours on time.
Never Pay for Information About Scholarships
Don’t be fooled if you see an ad offering an “exclusive” list of scholarships in exchange for a fee. All scholarship information is readily available for free, so there’s no reason to pay for it.
Start your search by contacting admission advisors at the universities or colleges you are considering. You’ll discover that they provide a variety of scholarships for online students (whether graduate students or undergraduates) and international students.
And don’t stop there—continue exploring your options through other sources, such as:
- A local library’s reference section.
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, and civic groups.
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest.
- Culturally based organizations such as those focused on race, religion, or nationality.
- Your employer.
Scholarships for International Students
Many universities and colleges offer scholarships for college tuition specifically for international students. Eligibility requirements may vary among different programs; for example, some U.S.-based schools require a certain TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or grade point average, while others provide scholarships for students from specific countries. Just like domestic students, it’s important for international students to begin their research early, complete applications carefully, and submit them on time.
Abundant Scholarships for Online Education
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the total amount of scholarship funds available: nearly $6 billion every year.* For example, Walden University, an accredited institution, awarded more than $8.5 million in online college scholarships and grants for social change-makers in 2015. Scholarship recipients came from cities and towns around the world and were selected because they exhibited a sense of social responsibility by advancing positive social change in the lives of others in their community.
Explore Walden University's financial aid options such as scholarships, education grants, and loans. Get the help you need to continue your education and advance your career goals. Earn your degree in a convenient online format that fits your busy life.
*Big Future by the College Board, Scholarship Search, on the Internet at www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search#!welcome.
Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.