Colleges provide a range of financial aid—including grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships—to help your college dreams become reality. Their award packages will list the cost of tuition along with the estimated price of housing, meal plans, travel expenses, books, lab fees, personal expenses, and more. However, the total amount of money needed to pay for college in a school year—often called the cost of attendance (COA)—doesn’t always account for all of the money needed for campus activities, studying abroad, or household expenses that you may have.
No matter what type of aid is available at the colleges you are considering, it’s important to research financial options from other sources. A quick web search for scholarships can reveal thousands of options, so we’ve built an interactive list to help you get started.
Here’s a list of scholarships available nationwide for students from BIPOC, first-generation to college, lower-income, undocumented, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented backgrounds.