Q: If I need college scholarships for 2015, when should I start looking for them? Are there any general tips on when is the best time to start looking for college scholarships?
A: If you need scholarships for this coming year, it is not too early to start thinking about which ones you would like to apply for, and finding ones you qualify for. Even though many scholarships will not allow students to apply too far out from the deadline, many scholarships are offered on a yearly schedule, and looking at the scholarship qualifications for the current year can give you a fairly good idea if you will qualify for the following year.
When it comes to finding scholarships for any year it is a good idea to start finding the ones you want to apply for early. Scholarships are competitive and time sensitive, so knowing which ones you would like to apply for, and what their deadlines are is imperative. Most larger (well known) scholarships are offered on an annual schedule, so if you find the college scholarships they offered in the previous year, there is a fairly good chance they will be offering the same scholarships for 2015. If a scholarship’s website does not have any information regarding scholarships for the 2015 school year, you can always contact the scholarship provider and ask if they will be offering the scholarships for upcoming year. If you are currently enrolled in college, you could always speak with your schools financial aid office or councilor to find out if they know about any local scholarships. The key when it comes to scholarships is to apply early, and apply to as many as you can. You can start by using our free scholarship search.