The best things in life are free, they say. And to a college student, scholarships and grants have to rank pretty high up on the list.

This is the first place to look when considering how to pay for a college education. After all, this moneyl is referred to as gift aid, and it does not have to be paid back.

But even free money doesn’t exactly fall out of trees — you have to go looking for it, and that can entail quite a search. Start with those available in your local community through religious and civic organizations before going on to awards available at the state and federal levels.