Common sources of grants and scholarships to pay for school include the school's financial aid office, local organizations as well as state and federal governments. Before obtaining any financial aid, the student typically fills out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. One way to find a variety of scholarships is a scholarship search tool, such as the one offered by CollegeBoard.org or FastWeb.com, as of 2016.
To search for scholarships on CollegeBoard.org, visit the site's home page and click BigFuture under the More To Explore heading. On the BigFuture page, place the cursor over Pay For College, and then click Grants & Scholarships on the drop-down menu that appears. Click Scholarship Search. On the search page, click Start. Enter basic information, and then fill out any additional information you want to provide. Click on See Results at any time to view a list of scholarship results.
Local organizations that may provide scholarships include religious groups, stores and a student's employer. Larger corporations may offer national scholarships. States typically offer scholarships for residents of the state who also attend college in that state.
After a student fills out the FAFSA, it provides information on how much financial aid that student is qualified to receive. Many students who demonstrate financial aid receive grants by completing the FAFSA.