Free Scholarship Databases

(Provided by the San Diego Unified School District)

We have put together a list of scholarship databases you can access through the Internet. The database programs will ask you to enter information about your grade point average, interests, activities, employment and other things and will match your responses to scholarships you may apply for and send you an email periodically:

FastWeb's FREE scholarship search service helps students make the decisions that shape their lives: choosing a college, paying for college and finding jobs during and after college. For students searching for a college, FastWeb can match their background with two- and four-year colleges across the country. Within minutes, the college database gives students a list of schools matching their preferences and a complete profile of each school. Students can also find out about job opportunities near their home or school.

The College Board is a not-for-profit FREE membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program®(AP).

CollegeNET’s FREE search engine helps you quickly find the ideal college by narrowing down by region, college sports, major, tuition, and several other criteria. You can review, compare, and sort schools according to exclusive, detailed profiles provided by ACT. When applying to more than one program you save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.

College Answer is the premier "go-to-college" Internet destination. Its FREE comprehensive online resource allows for preparing, evaluating, selecting, applying for, and financing an education entirely online. This is the Web's premiere destination for getting a head start on preparing for the world of continuing education. You'll find pointers on the entire "Go-to- College" process from preparation to getting loans. College Answer also has interactive tools that enable you to analyze the affordability of schools and compare financial aid award letters.

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the nation's 34 tribal colleges. These tribal colleges play a vital role in preparing students for a brighter tomorrow, offering accredited degrees while keeping them in touch with their Indian culture. Our scholarships support American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. The money raised by the American Indian College Fund is used to support student scholarships and other developmental needs at tribal colleges across the United States. In general, the tribal colleges determine student eligibility for these scholarships and award only those students who are currently enrolled at a tribal college. However, partnerships with corporate and private donors have introduced a category of scholarships that are being offered to American Indian students attending selected mainstream four-year colleges and universities. These scholarships are administered by the Fund and are generally based upon merit and demonstrated financial need. It is free to surf the site and search for scholarships.

FastAID is the exception to the rule when it comes to scholarship searches. They have been authoring "The Scholarship Book" from Prentice Hall for 9 years, and researching scholarship sources for 20 years. Over the years they have honed their exclusive scholarship search to near perfection. The website provides students and parents with thousands of scholarship and grant opportunities. It also provides helpful tips and techniques for in-bound college students on how to survive in a college environment. The site also links to other helpful sites for additional resources. The site offers free service.

This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. FinAid has a stellar reputation in the educational community as the best Web site of its kind. It's comprehensive, it's informative, it's objective--and it's the first stop on the Web for students looking for ways to finance their education. It not only helps students but also provide information for Military Aid, different kinds of Loans, Grants and Financial Aid out there set-aside for specific people and situations that not many are aware of. Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists multinational corporations around the world in dealing with the evolving global marketplace by designing training, educational scholarships/award programs, and other services to meet the needs of host countries and corporate sponsors. IIE works closely with corporations and corporate foundations such as American International Group/Starr Foundation, GE Fund, ChevronTexaco, Levi Strauss, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, to design programs hand-tailored to their specifications, and deliver those programs through our network of 19 offices around the world. Headquartered in New York City, IIE is the nation’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting global learning. IIE works closely with private foundations to address problems of educational access and equity worldwide. For example, with support from the Ford Foundation, IIE assists the International Fellowship Fund in implementing a program to provide graduate training for future leaders throughout the developing world whose access to educational opportunities has been limited by race, gender, ethnicity, physical handicaps or other factors. Through the Regional Program of Graduate Fellowships in the Social Sciences, supported by the Ford, Hewlett, and MacArthur foundations, IIE assists social scientists from Mexico and Central America to complete graduate study in the country of their choice and return to their home country to apply their skills. The Freeman Foundation’s Awards for Study in Asia have provided funding for over a thousand American undergraduates to study in Asia, and to share their experiences with other students after returning to their home campus and home community. The website offers great service where students can search for Scholarship Programs best suited for them and use of the site is of no charge.

This website provides students and parents virtual tours of US colleges and Universities. It also provides maps, pictures and links to the school websites. is a popular free college scholarship search service and financial aid

information resource on the Internet. Students can create a personal profile and their matching engine will present you with complete and accurate info on the most relevant, attainable college scholarship awards. Their expansive scholarship database is updated regularly.

For more than twenty years, Student Loan Funding has focused solely on delivering the resources that students and families need most to affordably fund a higher education. Their informative outreach programs, interactive web tools and comprehensive financing solutions have helped over two million students achieve the dream of a college education. Free search engine.

Search engine which helps students search for universities


ACT, Inc.     

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose: to help people achieve education and career goals by providing information for life's transitions. Their website is free to browse.
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. ED's 4,500 employees and $63.3 billion budget are dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

American Council on Education

ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Three key strategic priorities drive ACE's activities: (1) Representation: Serve as principal advocate for all of higher education, influencing the federal agenda, state policy, and public opinion; (2) Leadership Development: Enhance the diversity and capacity of American higher education leaders; and (3) Service:

Support colleges, universities, and other higher education and adult learner organizations in their efforts to serve students and society.

Association of Financial Aid Administrators

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in the effective administration of student financial aid. The Association does not provide financial aid to students; please contact the financial aid administrator at the college of your choice for specific details on available financial aid opportunities. However, with this Web Site NASFAA provides information on the financial aid process and directs you to some of the more important and helpful financial aid guidance on the Web.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary organization through which the nation's colleges and universities govern their athletics programs. It comprises more than 1,250 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals committed to the best interests, education and athletics participation of student-athletes. They also offer different kinds of scholarships for various sports for both men and women athletes.

National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

NACME is also the nation's largest private source of scholarships for minorities in engineering. More than 17,000 students (nearly 15 percent of all minority engineering graduates) have received NACME support with the support of corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals who share their vision.

California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA)

Offers scholarships to Professionals in the Education Industry to help them better serve their students and community.

California Student Aid Commission

A Government website which offers information on State grants and scholarships available to California Students.

California Youth

Offers various scholarships available for youths between the ages of 12-21, adults, and women active in the sport of bowling.

Citibank Student Loans & Financial Aid Information

Offers low rate financial aid and college loans to students. The website also gives tips and helpful financial advice.

Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America

Scholarship America is the nation’s largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Scholarship America’s mission is to expand access to educational opportunities and encourage educational achievement. Scholarship America has distributed financial aid to students through its scholarship and other student support programs

College Admissions: U.S.

A search engine that provides helpful information about going to college and also give links to various college-education related websites.

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation

As a 501(c)(3) organization, CKSF receives funding and support from a variety of sources. The administration and funding of scholarships are funded by Nova Southeastern University, private grants, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and program registration fees. Because of these generous contributions, CKSF is able to provide specific and general types of scholarship competitions. There are 5 types of scholarships.

United Negro College Fund

UNCF awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending UNCF member schools and other schools across the country. UNCF also supports faculty members through grants for research and dissertation completion. Students must have an average of 2.5 GPA, must need financial help and must request that the Student Analysis Report (SAR) be sent to the financial aid office at their college or university. There are several scholarships available on the website.

National Association for College Admissions Counseling

This website offers information, tips, counseling, and updates on important events that may help students prepare themselves for college education.

National Association of Student Aid Administrators

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) supports financial aid professionals at colleges, universities, and career schools. NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and professional development for financial aid administrators. They charge membership fees.

National Scholarship Providers Association

NSPA members work together to address scholarship issues and policies that have an impact on access and choice in higher education. They promote the highest ethical standards for all stakeholders in the scholarship process, including scholarship providers, scholarship services, scholarship donors and scholarship recipients; and work to establish formal positions on ethics, students’ rights and the scholarship industry. Students can benefit from the useful tips and information available on their website.


This website offers valuable information on student loans and financial aid for college bound students.

Hispanic Scholarships- Scholarships set aside for Hispanic students

Student Loan Funding

This website offers information on various types of loans, financial aid and financial resources.

College Bound Networks

This website offers scholarship strategies and college cash options.

Student Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources

This website offers helpful links to other scholarship websites.

The Scholarship Page

This website stores a compilation of hundreds of scholarships available in the US and abroad.

University of California Student & Financial Aid Services

This website is the University of California, Office of the President and offers information on financial aid, grants and other resources.

Additional Websites

A free search engine where it provides a huge database of colleges and universities. Students may also search for scholarships, schools, financial aid and other college related information. Parents and counselors can also access information helpful in preparing the students.

The California State University website gives information on how to apply to their university and other information like financial aid, scholarships, dormitories and school policies to name some.

This free government website provides valuable information on schools, financial aid, government grants, scholarships, programs and policies.

Kaplan offers online degrees and also provides online assistance for preparing for the SAT exams and college entrance exam.

Thomson Petersons offers online degrees and also provides online assistance for preparing for the SAT exams and college entrance exam.