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FREE Money for College

The Sallie Mae Fund will once again provide $2.5 million in college scholarships to roughly 1,000 deserving students pursuing higher education this fall. Applications, eligibility and deadline information are now available on

The Institute for Higher Education Policy estimates that there are billions of dollars in college scholarships available each year. Awards can range from a few hundred dollars to a full ride for all four years, and best of all, they do not need to be repaid.

The Fund offers students tips for tapping into this free money for college:

— Apply for as many awards as you qualify for. Even small awards can be helpful in covering the cost of books.
— Pay close attention to deadlines. Missing a deadline is a sure way to become disqualified.
— Look for scholarships offered by a variety of sources, including
companies, unions, foundations, community organizations, churches and more.
— Tell family, friends, teachers and others in your community that you are looking for scholarships. They may know something you do not.
– Understand the conditions of an award — such as maintaining a specific
GPA or participating on an athletic team.
— Watch for scholarship scams. You should never have to pay for scholarship advice or information.
— If you get a scholarship, be sure to write a thank you note to the
organization. You may want to reapply for the scholarship in the future so it is important to make a good impression.

In 2006, The Fund awarded $2.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 deserving students enrolled in colleges across the country. More than 14,000 completed applications were submitted by college-bound students from across the country, a significant jump from the previous year and a record for The Sallie Mae Fund’s scholarship programs. For a complete listing of 2006 scholarship recipients and the schools they attend, or for 2007-2008 scholarship information, visit

Source: The Sallie Mae Fund

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