External Search Engines

There are hundreds of independent scholarship search engines on the Internet, some of them are more reliable and legitimate than others. Students should not have to pay for a scholarship search or to apply for a scholarship, though they may have to “register” with an email address. Here are a few reputable search engines and a brief description of their specialty. USA does not endorse or certify the legitimacy of any search engine listed on this page.

External Search Engines

Affordable Colleges Online
Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. Affordable Colleges also helps students and parents identify colleges, degree programs, scholarship opportunities and more that fit their respective academic and financial wants and needs.

Becas M.O.B.
A resource for scholarships available to Mexican students.

Black Excel
A great resource for underrepresented students (students of color, women, first generation college students) and a list of over 200 scholarships with a variety of opportunities. This site does not require registration.

BSNedu.org was created to satisfy the growing demand for information on both pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and post-licensure RN-to-BSN bridge programs. 

College Answer
College Answer is a great resource for understanding how to fund college. It offers resources for students and parents, complete with a great scholarship database. This site requires registration

College Board
College Board (the same company that administers the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has a great database that allows students to input details for a tailored search based on gender, location, interests, and affiliations. This site does not require registration.

CollegeNET's Keyword Search allows students to enter a series of keywords to find all scholarships that contain those same words in their name or description. The Profile Search looks for scholarships that match the student's personal profile.

College Scholarships

CollegeScholarships.org allows students to browse scholarships based on minority status, degree level, academic interest, geography, student type, or athletic ability. CollegeScholarship.org also has several scholarships they sponsor. This site does not require registration.

A resource for scholarships available to Mexican students.

Disability Scholarships A-Z
We greatly simplified the scholarship search process for your students who have disabilities by creating an easy-to-use and continually up-to-date disability scholarship directory.

Educational Loans for German Students
A resource on student loans for German students.

Education Planner
Education Planner helps students from thinking about college, to choosing a college, to finding ways to pay for college. This complete resource has listings for both undergraduate and graduate students and uses a variety of filters to find scholarships that fit each student individually. This site does not require registration.

Edvisors provides insight regarding FAFSA completion, student employment, student loans, as well as applying for scholarships, fellowships, and grants. This site does not require registration.

One of the largest and widely known scholarship search engines in the United States, FastWeb offers advice on how to apply for scholarships, complete the FASFA, and search for scholarships for all types of students. This site requires registration.

FinAid Search
FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web. Access to FinAid is free for all users.

Financial Aid Finder
The management team of Financial Aid Finder has been producing top rated financial aid resources since 1993. A few years ago, they decided to bring these resources to the public for free. Financial Aid Finder believes that in today’s economic market students need all the help they can get in finding and evaluating college financial aid options to help them pay for their college and university education.

Students can use FindTuition.com to create a free provide and search for information on a variety of scholarships.

Fundacao Estudar
A resource for scholarships available to Brazilian students.

Fundacion Ramon Areces
A resource for scholarships available to Spanish students.


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Institute of International Education
IIE, which seeks to foster educational exchange, has great resources for exchange students.
Instituto Ling
A resource for scholarships available to Brazilian students.
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. 
International Research and Exchanges Board
IREX administers various fellowships for non-degree studies as well as one- and two-year graduate degree studies in the US for foreign nationals within 11 areas of study. Their international student loan program is designed to increase the opportunities for international students who wish to study at approved colleges and universities.
International Scholarships

The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

International Student
We help international students that want to study in the USA, US students that want to study abroad, and anyone interested in international education.

La Caixa
A resource for scholarships available to Spanish students.

MoneyGeeks are personal finance geeks with decades of combined experience in writing and publishing information about how individuals should manage money and credit. What drives them is the conviction that consumers can make smart money decisions but don’t have the time to become a mini-expert in finance.

NerdScholar allows students to review available scholarships based on degree level, geography, ethnicity, gender, in addition to an optional keyword search. This resource has listings for both undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships may be sorted by award amount or application deadline. This site does not require registration.

NOVA - Italian MBA Association
A resource for Italian students on how to finance an MBA.

Peterson's Scholarship Search
For 50 years, Peterson’s has provided the most accurate, dependable, high-quality school listings, scholarship listings, admissions resources, test prep, and career success resources to help students and professionals reach their goals. Peterson's scholarship search will help you find the perfect scholarship.

Scholarships.com provides several scholarships in an easy to use format where opportunities are ranked based on a personal profile. This site requires registration.

Scholarship Experts
ScholarshipExperts.com has been helping students finance their education since 2001. Their extensive database is updated regularly and has information for undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship Experts also has timelines and general information about applying for college. This site requires registration.

Scholarships and Grants
Scholarshipsandgrants.us is a great resource for students looking for additional scholarship money. This resource has an easy to use layout that divides scholarships into majors and interests. This site does not require registration.

State of Alabama Financial Aid Programs
The state of Alabama encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. This application process will determine your eligibility for federal student aid programs, such as, the Pell grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity grant (FSEOG), college work-study and student loans as well as notify the institution of your choice of your eligibility. Upon completion of the FAFSA, available state-aid programs can be found here.

StudentScholarships.org has been providing scholarship information to students and scholarship management services to companies since 2003. The scholarship database for students was built by the StudentScholarships.org staff to find new and exciting scholarships for students to apply for. The database is considered the largest and most comprehensive source for finding scholarships online and is 100% free for students to use.

With one of the largest databases of scholarships online and a speedy scholarship matching tool, StudentScholarshipSearch helps students find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

The National Data Base of Scholarships
The National Data Base of Scholarships provides a variety of scholarships ranging from the applicant's major, religion, residency, minority status, athletic involvement, and more.

The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review offers resources for taking tests, getting admitted, and finding scholarships and financial aid to help pay for college. This website has a great database that is easy to navigate. This site requires registration.