Monday, May 16, 2011

Need Help Paying For College, Try FastWeb.com They Will Help You Find A Scholarship


College tuition has just gotten more expensive for me. My daughter is currently starting her third year of college. She is studying Psychology and really likes it. I have been paying for it through FASFA, my money and the help from a grandparent. My problem is the grandparent has dropped out because of financial difficulties. To fill in the gap I started to look into scholarships. I never went down the road to scholarships before, but that's all changed now.


I came across a website called FastWeb.com. FastWeb.com has listings for 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion. Before you can see the list of scholarships, you need to register. You are asked a lot of questions so you won't waste your time on scholarships that don't apply to you. You give them your email address the student's age, year in school, GPA, college major among other things and more.


This FastWeb.com service is provided to you free. The way they make their money is through advertising. While you fill out the information forms you are offered advertising for many non-academic sources like credit cards and contests. Ignore all that and press on. It will take you 10 to 15 minutes to complete the profile, but this will help you get better search results.


Once you finish registration, the website presents you with a list of scholarships that match your profile. The list contains the name of the scholarship, the amount, the deadline, type(whether they are scholarships, contests or require an essay). You can save your selections or mark those you don't want. 


FastWeb.com provided me with 25 potential scholarships. Some were straight scholarships, some were contests, promotions, grants, and essay contests. 

Fastweb.com list of features are:
  • Search for local, national and college-specific scholarships.
  • Personalized matching service.
  • Search and compare your options.
  • Tools and tips to help pay for college.
  • Jobs and internships for students.
  • Resources: articles and information.
  • College search.
  • For parents, students and educators.

There is a thorough customer service section which includes a FAQ. There is also an email address for questions.


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