Search Engines & Databases
The Baylor University Student Financial Aid Office, located in Suite 150 of the Clifton Robinson Tower, is thoroughly prepared and expertly staffed to help students discover options for funding their undergraduate education. While finding financial aid to help pay for your Baylor education is outside the purview of the Office of National & International Scholarships, we do understand and appreciate the necessity of this effort. Collected here are national financial aid databases and scholarship search engines.
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid. It was created by Mark Kantrowitz, author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students, and is sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
The Student Guide is an online edition of the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the federal Student Financial Assistance Program. Updated each award year, the Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
Washington Post - Paying for College: This article from the Washington Post discusses, in general terms, how to obtain financial aid.
CollegeNet MACH25 provides free access to the Wintergreen/Orchard House Scholarship Finder database. The CollegeNET MACH25 database contains listings of more than 500,000 private sector awards (including school-specific awards) from 1,570 sponsors, an estimated $1 billion in scholarship money. MACH25 uses residential, personal, academic, organizational affiliation, and general criteria to match the student's profile against the award listings. The student can view the results in brief or detailed formats, save individual awards in their profile, and generate letters to request additional information. The database is updated annually.
College Board's Scholarship Search contains listings of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources.
FastWeb! (Financial Aid Search Through the Web) is a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 10,000 sources worth more than $775 million. To use fastWEB, a student fills out a detailed profile through a series of online forms. After the forms are complete, fastWEB responds within 15 minutes with a list of matching award programs. Each entry in this list includes a deadline, a list of required majors, the amount of the award, a short description, and contact information.
The Free Scholarship Search Service provides a large database of scholarships available to search or browse at no cost. Also included is information on: Tips on Applying; Internships; Contests; Student Loans; International Students; Discussion Forums; Frequently Asked Questions;and Success Stories.
Sallie Mae's Online Scholarship Service (CASHE) provides free access to the College Aid Sources for Higher Education (CASHE) database of numerous scholarships, fellowships, grants, loans, internships, competitions, and work-study programs sponsored by more than 3,600 organizations. Sallie Mae, which services one in three outstanding federal student loans, is the nation's largest source of funding and servicing support for education loans for students and their parents.
Scholarship and Fellowship Databases, maintained on the Financial Aid Information web site, provide links to a variety of general scholarship and fellowship databases which have been organized by the following categories: Scholarships and Fellowships; Scholarships Only; Fellowships Only; Study Abroad; Canadian Students; Minority Students; Female Students; and Field Specific Databases (Journalism, Computer Science, Nursing and Health Physics, Art, and Conferences and Field-Specific Aid).
SRN Express is the free web version of the Scholarship Resource Network (SRN) database. The SRN database contains listings of scholarships, fellowships, and grants for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education. The SRN database lists mostly portable, private-sector, non-need-based aid. A few awards (less than 20%) list financial need as a criterion. The database does not list institutional awards. The award listings in the SRN database contain more detailed information than can be found in most scholarship databases and scholarship listing books. The database contains more than 7,000 portable awards offered by more than 1,500 organizations worth a total of more than $23 million. New, verified scholarship information is being added to the SRN database continuously. Every program listed in the database is verified every year.
Financial Aid Calculators
Mark's Financial Aid Calculators provides access to the following types of "calculators" designed by Mark Kantrowitz: Costs (College Cost Projector); Savings (Savings Growth Projector, Savings Plan Designer, Annual Yield Calculator, Compound Interest Calculator, and a Savings Plan Yield Calculator); Insurance (Life Insurance Needs Calculator); Need Analysis (Financial Aid Estimation Form, Family Contribution and Financial Need, and a Federal Housing Index Calculator); Loans (Student Loan Advisor, Undergraduate, Parent Loan Advisor, Loan Payment Calculator, Loan Analyzer, Loan Comparison Calculator, Cost of Interest Capitalization Calculator, and a Loan Discounts Calculator)
Scholarship Scam Alert provides advice on identifying scams and includes a list of suspicious scholarship opportunities.
Scholarship Scams, provided by the Federal Trade Commission, offers information on how to avoid scholarship scams.