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What Do I Need to Know About College Scholarships?

Today’s question: “What do I need to know about college scholarships?”

The financial aid process can be overwhelming, but never fear, our scholarship expert is here to help! In this short YouTube video, Ashley will explain some of the basics about scholarships, including what they are, who offers them, and who can apply.

The first thing you should know about scholarships is that they are considered “free money for college,” which means that you don’t have to repay the money you receive from scholarship providers.  Now, you might be wondering, “Who are these scholarship providers?”  Many organizations give away college scholarships, including colleges and universities, non-profit and for-profit businesses, philanthropic and charitable organizations, as well as local clubs in your community.  Next, you should understand that everyone should apply for scholarships.  Scholarships are not just for minorities, athletes, straight-A students, or people of a certain age. Everyone can find scholarships to fit their unique talents and skills! Next, it is important that you do not wait to apply for scholarships.  The truth is, you can find scholarships as early as elementary school, and you shouldn’t stop searching and applying for scholarships until you receive your college degree.  Finally, it is helpful to know where to find college scholarships.  That’s easy — use a free scholarship search service, like, to find free money for college today!

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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