9 College Scholarships with Quick and Easy Applications

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College is expensive. The average cost of public college is nearly $10,000 per year for in-state residents and more than twice that for out-of-state residents. Add that up over four years and you’ve got a pretty hefty sum of money on your hands — a sum that many students (and their parents) just don’t have the funds to cover.

Want to help offset those college costs with a little free cash? Don’t have days to spend toiling over a 10-page essay or endless application questions? 

Try one of these quick and easy college scholarship apps. Some only require a quick post on Facebook!

1. College is Power

The College is Power Scholarships offer $1,000 toward tuition, books, room, board, or anything else college-related. All you have to do is fill out a quick online form, tell CIP about your college goals in a few sentences and click enter. 

Eligibility: You must be 17 years old and currently enrolled in school. 

Deadline: August 31

2. Niche No Essay College Scholarship

Niche.com offers a $2,000 scholarship every month, and all it requires is your name, birthday, email, and a Niche account. Monthly winners are determined via a random drawing and are notified the following month.

Eligibility: You must be a high school, college, or graduate student and at least 18 years old.

Deadline: The last day of every month

3. Course Hero $1,000 Scholarships

Course Hero offers a $1,000 scholarship every month, as well as summer school scholarships. All you need is a Course Hero account and about 10 minutes to answer a few short questions. If you’re willing to upload your study documents from the year, you’re eligible for up to $5,000 in scholarships. Winners are determined on a monthly basis.

Eligibility: You must be at least 16 years old, a registered Course Hero user, and currently enrolled in a college or university.

Deadline: The last day of every month

4. SuperCollege $1,000 Scholarship

If you have two free minutes to spare, then you have time to fill out SuperCollege’s super-quick scholarship app. Just enter some basic information, select the colleges you’re interested in attending and share a little about your potential major. Once you hit submit, you’ll be entered to win $1,000 toward your education. Winners are drawn at random every month.

Eligibility: You must be currently in college or planning to go to college.

Deadline: The last day of every month

5. Do Something’s $5,000 Green Your Getaway Scholarship

Do you have a Facebook account? Are you willing to share Do Something’s Green Your Getaway Sustainable Travel Guide on your page? Do so, encourage your friends to text in your special keyword, and you’ll be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship. If you don’t have a Facebook profile, you can also share one of Do Something’s postcards (in person) to earn an entry.

Eligibility: You must share the Sustainable Travel Guide with friends.

Deadline: July 31

6. ScholarshipPoints’ $10,000 Scholarship

ScholarshipPoints gives away a $10,000 scholarship every quarter, plus two $1,000 scholarships every month. All you have to do is register for an SP account, and a quick click of the button enters you to win all three. Winners are drawn at random every quarter.

Eligibility: You must be a registered ScholarshipPoints user.

Deadline:  The last day of every month (for $1,000 scholarships) and March 31, May 31, August 31 and December 31 (for $10,000 scholarships)

7. AFSA $2,000 Scholarships

AFSA Scholarships offers $2,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors every year. All you have to do is complete a quick form, answer eight questions, and hit submit. Winners are drawn at random.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled to attend college during the fall of the year you enter.

Deadline: April 30

8. Dr. Pepper $1 Million Scholarships

Dr. Pepper gives away more than $1 million in scholarships every year. All you have to do it create a profile at DrPepper.com, describe how you plan to change the world, and then upload a quick video of yourself talking about your college goals. Dr. Pepper will choose five $100,000 winners, five $25,000 winners, and 10 $2,500 winners.

Eligibility: You must be 18 years old.

Deadline: October 17

9. U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship

U.S. Bank gives away three $5,000 scholarships, one $10,000 scholarship, and a $20,000 scholarship every year. To try your hand, you’ll need to fill out a quick registration form, and then take the bank’s online financial literacy courses. The more Financial IQ courses you complete, the more you stand to win.

Eligibility: You must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at a two- or four-year college and complete at least three Financial IQ lessons.

Deadline: October 25

Parents, You Can Help, Too

Scholarships aren’t the only way to offset rising college costs. If you own a home, you might also consider a cash-out refinance. This frees up cash for those educational expenses (sometimes without changing your monthly mortgage payment at all!) Contact a loan officer at Embrace Home Loans today to see if a cash-out refi could help your child achieve their educational goals.

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Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer focusing on real estate, mortgage, and the housing market. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bankrate, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, The Balance, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as an editor and reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She graduated from Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication with a major in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism. Connect with her at AlyJYale.com or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.