Financial Aid

1.3 million scholarships and

over $3.4 Billion waiting!

What are Scholarships?

Scholarships are free money or other gift aid granted to a student, because of merit, need or both to assist in paying for college.  Generally scholarships are merit-based.  Scholarships often times focus on academic achievement but some are available for a variety of talents and situations.  For example, you can receive a scholarship for pursuing a program of study, for writing a great essay, or for being a child of a veteran.  Apply to every scholarship for which you're eligible.  Don't count on a scholarship paying for your entire education.  It happens, but to the smallest percent of students. 

Where should I look for Scholarships?

Start with the obvious.  Many local communities and organizations offer scholarships that go un-awarded each year.  Try these places during your scholarship search:

  • Employers /Unions
  • Volunteer and Community Organizations
  • Churches
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local Library (Alvernia's Library has 3 great scholarship books!)
  • Financial Aid Offices


Can I find Scholarships on the Web?

This is one of the best places to look for scholarships. But, be prepared to spend a lot of time surfing the net and looking at a variety of scholarship sites. Free money doesn't come easy. There are many free membership scholarship search websites, try some these to get started:

Scholarship Essay Advice

The Office of Student Financial Planning

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1st Floor – Bernardine Hall
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Reading, PA 19607
Phone: 610.796.8356
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