Cappex FAQs


Do you have questions about Cappex? Well, we have answers. 

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Cappex Company Questions 

Q: What is Cappex?

A: Cappex is a quick, easy-to-use resource that simplifies the discovery, application, decision, and payment process. With Cappex, you can browse an extensive database of schools, majors, and scholarships to build the perfect plan for attending college. Best of all, it’s free.

Q: Why was Cappex created?

A: Cappex was born out of a frustration with the college search and section process and an understanding of how these challenges reduce access to education. From there, Cappex was created to help every student get to day one at the right college for them. 

Q: What does the Cappex name mean?

A: The Cappex name originates from the phrase “College Application Exchange.” 

Q: How does Cappex put students needs' first?

A: At Cappex, students are at the heart of everything we do. Without our students, we wouldn’t be here. Cappex is a mission-driven company, founded in 2006 to help every single student get closer to day one at the college that’s right for them. 

So, we work hard to meet your needs while protecting your data and privacy. Cappex observes strict security measures to keep the information you provide to us safe from unauthorized access. Some other ways we work to put students first include conducting user research, interviewing students about their experiences, and continually improving algorithms to deliver timely and invaluable insight to students.  

Cappex Account Questions 

Q: Is Cappex safe?

A: Yes! Cappex is a long-standing and well-respected partner to thousands of colleges and universities across the country. We are committed to providing the latest and most extensive college search information while protecting your privacy and data. We use a rigorous screening process to review scholarships before adding them to our scholarship database. 

Q: Is Cappex free?

A: Yes! Cappex is always free. 

Q: How can I close my Cappex account?

A: If you'd like to delete your Cappex account, please complete this form. 

You can also read our privacy policy to learn how we secure your data  by clicking here. 

Q: Can I opt out of email communication?

A: Yes! You may opt-out of receiving email communication from Cappex via the unsubscribe link contained in the email message.

To opt-out of third-party communications, you must contact the applicable third party. If you have any questions about opting out, please contact us at [email protected], and we will do our best to answer them. 

You can read our complete privacy policy to learn more by clicking here. 

Q: Do I pay for Cappex?

A: Nope. You never, ever have to pay for Cappex or any of the tools associated with Cappex.  

Q: Is Cappex a scam?

A: Cappex is not a scam. Cappex is a free, quick, and easy-to-use resource that simplifies the college discovery, application, and decision process.  

Q: Is Cappex only for high school students?

A: No, Cappex can help students of all ages and stages find and pay for college. On the Cappex website you’ll see our Transfer Student portal that’s designed to help guide college students through the transfer process. Cappex can assists adult students returning to college and college graduates in finding masters and doctorate programs. 

Cappex Data Use & Privacy Questions 

Q: How does Cappex keep my data safe?

A: Cappex respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. Simply put- your information is safe with us. Cappex has security measures in place to keep the information you provide to us safe from unauthorized access. To learn more, click here.  

Q: Where does Cappex’s data come from?

Cappex works directly with colleges and universities around the world to gather, create and validate college and scholarship information. Ensuring we have the most accurate and current data is a top priority for us. You can read more about our data attribution by clicking here.  

Q: What is my data used for?

We use the information we collect to provide you with products and services and customize your experience using the Cappex Site. We also use the information we collect and receive to improve the Cappex Site.  

For example, we use data to better tailor content to user needs and preferences, such as by giving you more relevant scholarships or advertisements, by generating and analyzing statistics about your use of the Cappex Site; and by developing new products and services. 

Q: Do colleges get my information?

Our services require us to collect detailed personal information from you and, in many cases, to share your personal information with colleges, universities, counselors, scholarship administrators, EAB, employers, marketing partners, and advertisers. Read more about how this could benefit you when applying to colleges. 

Cappex respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it. You can read our complete privacy policy to learn more by clicking here. 

Cappex Scholarship Questions 

Q: What scholarships does Cappex offer?

A: Cappex offers an up-to-date database of scholarships you can filter by specific interests and personal attributes to find the financial aid you’re eligible for. Cappex also offers a monthly $1,000 Easy Money Scholarship that requires no GPA or test scores for eligibility. Just create a free Cappex account to apply. 

Q: Are Cappex scholarships legit?

A: Absolutely! Cappex uses a rigorous screening process to review scholarships before adding them to our scholarship database. Cappex also offers an Easy Money Scholarship each month that requires no GPA or essay. You simply need to create a free Cappex account to apply.  

Q: Who’s eligible for Cappex scholarships?

A: The monthly Cappex Easy Money Scholarship is open to any U.S. resident student, age 13 years or older, who creates a free Cappex account. You can read more about edibility and general terms and conditions here. Each of the other scholarships on the Cappex site has its own eligibility requirement listed.  

Cappex Match & Calculation Questions 

Q: Is Cappex accurate?

 A: Yes. Cappex uses your own data points and preferences to help match you with schools and scholarships that meet your preferred criteria. For instance, if you share your GPA and test scores, Cappex can tell you your chances of getting accepted into the colleges on your list.  

Q: Is Cappex reliable?

A: Yes. Cappex is one of the very best college research websites because we provide verified and up to date information on colleges and universities, scholarships, and majors. Cappex partners with schools themselves to ensure we have the most accurate to give students, parents, and counselors the inside track to the admissions process. 

Q: How are my chances calculated?

A: Cappex uses an algorithm based on the average data points of students admitted to each school. To estimate your acceptance probability, we consider demographic variables relevant to the college selection and admissions process, like GPA and test scores.  

Q: How is my estimated family contribution and net price calculated?

A: Cappex uses an algorithm that references the average of what students in your income bracket typically receive in financial aid to estimate your family contribution. You can access this data within our college profile pages on the Your Cost After Aid tab.  

Q: How are my matches calculated?

A: Cappex suggests personalized college matches based on your test scores, GPA, and location. As you fill out your profile, add your preferences, and begin to build a college list, Cappex will be able to recommend better matches. 

Q: How can I improve my recommendations?

A: Since Cappex uses an algorithm to calculate your matches and chances, the more accurate and comprehensive information you can provide, the better our recommendations will be. We suggest completely filling out your profile and sharing your test scores, GPA, and other relevant data points to give the algorithm a complete picture of your current position.  

Learn more about Cappex by reading our origin story.