Find Scholarships Using FastWeb

There are literally thousands of charitable organizations as well as private parties who are ready and willing to give financial aid to students who show even the slightest degree of commitment and drive.  The challenge is taking the time to sort through all of the possibilities to successfully identify the legitimate opportunities.

That’s where FastWeb comes into play.  FastWeb is the most complete source of local, national, and college-specific scholarships.  According to their website, they have access or over 1.3 million scholarships that are worth over $3 billion dollars!  Do I have your attention yet?  Good.

How do I use

Good question.  First, you have to go to to set up an account.  Initially, the site requires you to fill out some general information, like name, address, etc.  Next, you’ll be asked for very specific information, like income, nationality, hobbies, etc.  These targeted questions are designed to identify which specific scholarships and grants you could be eligible for.

Be cautious.  There may be some questions that seem insignificant, but fill it out anyway!  Sometimes the very information that you decide to skip will end up being necessary in obtaining certain scholarships.  For example, including your nationality may open up an opportunity to apply for a scholarship aimed specifically at minorities or tribal groups.

Why is the “survey” so important?

Based on the “survey” or specific questions that you answer, you will receive additional information on how you can apply for scholarships that you personally qualify for.  Some scholarships will require that you write an essay or provide letters of recommendations, others will simply ask you to provide proof of income or other supporting documentation to confirm the information you provided.

After this initial survey, you will routinely receive e-mails, notifying you of new scholarships that you may qualify for.  Keep in mind that there is no limit to the amount of scholarships or grants that you can apply for.  As you learn the system, you will become more efficient at applying for certain scholarships, thus being able to increase the number that you apply to.

There is no guarantee of receiving funding, but the more you apply for, the better the odds.  There are hundreds of thousands of students that receive scholarship and grant money each year by utilizing the FastWeb website.  For more information, visit

Happy Scholarship Hunting!


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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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