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Scholarship apps: The search for aid

By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Posted: 3 pm ET

While it's a little late in the season to apply for some scholarships and financial aid, there are plenty of scholarships remaining with application deadlines that haven't passed. What's great news for students looking for aid is that there's a smartphone app to help you.

I took a look at several scholarship apps for the Android, since that's my smartphone. ScholarshipAdvisor is one app that isn't available for Android.

ScholarshipAdvisor

This is sponsored by StudentAdvisor, a Washington Post company. I wasn't impressed with the scholarship search available on the StudentAdvisor website but can't speak to the iPhone or iPad apps.

Scholly (99 cents)

This is user friendly and well designed. I liked the user interface. Input eight parameters, and you can start your search. I was surprised that it didn't ask for standardized test scores, just your grade point average.

I'm not quite sure what the site is hoping to accomplish by offering up sample essays, but as a college professor, I don't like that feature for anything other than student inspiration since I'd expect colleges to use plagiarism software in evaluating applicant essays.

According to the site, Scholly hopes in the future to roll out an app that has the ability to apply for scholarships directly from the site.

Scholarships (free)

I had the sense that it was as concerned about lead generation for colleges as it was about finding relevant scholarships for me. Time will tell if my mailbox fills with college marketing materials.

Once I input my information, I got the scholarship results. It didn't seem all that tailored to my particulars, and site navigation made it a little difficult to figure out how to reopen my account and adjust my background information.

The site offers both a scholarship search and a college search. The college search was interesting in that it provided the size of the student body and tuition expenses.

There are several scholarship sites that focus on specialized audiences, such as veterans, or by ethnicity. I didn't focus on these sites.

What apps are you or your college-bound student using to research and apply for scholarships? What do you think of the app? Where do you see room for improvement?

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