Outside Scholarship Search
USI Financial Assistance has gathered the following financial resources from outside sources. USI does not endorse any of the outside organizations listed on this page. It is not recommended that you apply for scholarships that require the payment of a fee. Also, do not provide personal information, such as your Social Security number, to any organization unless you are certain that the information is being used for a legitimate purpose. For your
benefit a Consumer Advisory is listed below.
You can research scholarship opportunities
listed on this web page and you can use the scholarship search links to
look for other possible sources. Scholarships are categorized by
school of degree and other specificities and some may be listed in
more than one category.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, unscrupulous companies guarantee or promise
scholarships, grants or fantastic financial aid packages. Many use high
pressure sales pitches at seminars where you're required to pay
immediately or risk losing out on the "opportunity." Some unscrupulous companies
guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award them
"scholarships" in exchange for an advance fee. Most offer a "money back
guarantee"- but attach conditions that make it impossible to get the refund.
Others provide nothing for the student's advance fee - not even a list of
potential sources; still others tell students they've been selected as
"finalists" for awards that require an up-front fee. Sometimes, these companies
ask for a student's checking account to "confirm eligibility," then debit the
account without the student's consent. Other companies quote only a relatively
small "monthly" or "weekly" fee and then ask for authorization to debit your
checking account - for an undetermined length of time. The FTC cautions students to look
and listen for these tell-tale lines:
"The scholarship is guaranteed
or your money back."
"You can't get this information
"I just need your credit card or
bank account number to hold this scholarship."
"We'll do all the work."
"The scholarship will cost some
- "You've been selected" by a
"national foundation" to receive a scholarship - or "You're a finalist" in a
contest you never entered.
If you attend a seminar on financial aid or scholarships, follow these steps:
Take your time. Don't be rushed
into paying at the seminar. Avoid high-pressure sales pitches that require
you to buy now or risk losing out on the opportunity. Solid opportunities
are not sold through nerve-racking tactics.
Investigate the organization
you're considering paying for help. Talk to a guidance counselor or
financial aid advisor before spending your money. You may be able to get the
same help for free.
Be wary of "success stories" or
testimonials of extraordinary success
For more information on scholarship
FinAid - the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid.
Scholarship Search Services
These scholarship search databases list fewer than 8,000 scholarship programs
that offer portable scholarships, those that can be taken to any college. Other
databases may list 100,000 to 600,000 awards but most require attendance at a
particular college or university.
United Negro College Fund