Scholarship Zone: When should I start applying for scholarships?

When should you apply for scholarships?
When should you apply for scholarships?

Scholarships are a big deal when it comes to paying for your college education. If you don’t end up getting enough financial aid from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®, scholarships can be a way to make up the difference so you don’t have to take out a ton of student loans.

As you start to plan for your college education put scholarships at the top of your to-do list. Here’s how you can get started on your scholarship search and starting winning some extra financial aid to help pay for college.

Start as Early as You Can

When you’re deciding when the best time is to start applying for scholarships, the answer is simple — start applying as soon as you can!

Scholarship money is financial aid that doesn’t need to be paid back, which makes it one of the best ways to pay for college. So, when sitting down to apply there are two important factors to keep in mind: the time of year and your current grade level.

Timing is Everything

The US Department of Education awards over $46 billion of financial aid in scholarships every year – so don’t miss out on your chance to get some of that money.

With most scholarship deadlines between September and May, it’s best to get a head start on applying. Obviously, the more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances are of winning.

With some scholarships, you have the opportunity to apply throughout the year. This makes it easier for you to apply on breaks and off time so it doesn’t interfere with homework and studying.

You Can Apply for scholarships In ANY Grade

You might think that you can only apply for scholarships during your senior year, but that’s not true! While there are many scholarships specifically for high school seniors, there are also many scholarships available for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, too!

To find out what you’re eligible for, you can build a profile on or Once your profile is built, you’ll see a list of scholarships you can apply for along with their deadlines.

Things to Remember

For many scholarships, one of the requirements is filing your FASFA® (which is also a great way to secure aid for college).

Do you really need perfect grades to get a scholarship?

The age-old myth that scholarships only go to students with the highest GPA is actually just that… a myth! Unless you are receiving an academic scholarship, straight A’s aren’t always a requirement.

Don’t get discouraged

Nothing worth having comes easy. It’s going to take time and hard work. But luckily, you don’t have to be the valedictorian or an honors student to win scholarships to help pay for college.

The more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances of getting your tuition covered at no cost to you!

Have more questions about applying for scholarships or financial aid? The Frank team is here for you. You can email us at or text us at (347)690-7886.

Good luck with your scholarship search!