With the rising cost of college tuition today, student loans are no joke.  However, there are several grants and scholarships that are available to help you out with the cost of college.  Some scholarships are available just by taking standardized tests, such as the PSATs, or provided by your college institution after being accepted.  Others you have to manually apply for, but be sure to take advantage of as many as possible.  Each scholarship has its own application requirements, so be sure to look through them carefully to see which ones are relevant to you.

The most important thing is to make sure that you submit a FAFSA application, regardless of your financial standing.  FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a federally run program that helps identify financial aid options for students and their families or graduate school students. 


Listed below are some financial aid options that are available to you, but feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like assistance with your financial aid search!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Scholarships for High School Juniors – A list compiled by College Greenlight of different scholarship opportunities for high school juniors.  You can also create an account to help track the scholarships to which you’ve applied.

Collegeboard Scholarship Search – A search provided by Collegeboard that lists various scholarships that lets you look by name, type of reward, or sponsor.

Scholly –  Scholly is the simple, comprehensive and accurate scholarship matching platform, that turns the long months of searching for free money for college, into minutes.  Typically, registration is $2.99; however, please come to the Mesa Counts on College Access Center, and we can provide you with a code, free of charge.

Financial Aid for Minority Groups – Accredited Schools Online, along with Maggie O’Neill, has developed a comprehensive guidebook intended to discuss the types of financial aid available for minority groups and to assist minority students with looking and applying for these aid packages. 

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library – College Depot’s mission is to expand access to higher education opportunities for underserved populations in the Phoenix community by offering free, comprehensive re-engagement and college planning services.