A degree or certificate can be a solid investment in your career, but you might be worried about how you’ll pay for it.

One popular option is to apply for scholarships, since they don’t typically need to be paid back. Thousands of organizations offer scholarship money to prospective students at any stage of life or education. Finding one that fits your criteria is as easy as a swipe right on your smartphone.

Here are four scholarship apps to kick off your search.

 

MyScholly

What it offers: Provide your financial need, academic experience, major, and more, and in just a few taps, scholarship matches start rolling in for you to see, save for later, or apply for right on the site or app.

Refer to MyScholly’s library of winning application letters, and keep all your searches, applications, and wins in one convenient spot.

Availability: Website, iOS, and Android; free download, $2.99/month for subscription

 

Scholarships.com

What it offers: With its database of over 3.7 million local, state, and national scholarships and grants, this app offers financial resources for students of all ages, backgrounds, and academic interests.

Just answer a few questions about your academic strengths, activities, skills, and attributes, and review your customized matches.

Availability: Website, iOS, and Android; free download and subscription

 

Fastweb

What it offers: Modeled after online dating apps, Fastweb offers a swipe-left-for-no/swipe-right-for-yes experience for looking through scholarship matches.

Like other apps, start by simply entering some basic personal and academic information and you’ll receive matches from among 1.5 million scholarships.

Bonus: This site offers support services like career advice, financial aid information, college search help, and more.

Availability: Website, iOS, and Android; free download and subscription

 

Apply.Me

What it offers: Similar to Fastweb, this app features a swipe function – a swipe right is all you need to do to apply!

Start by setting up a detailed profile, and in come the filtered matches. Next, swipe through to apply to the scholarships you want. You’ll get a little extra peace of mind with a high-quality security screen to protect your important personal information.

Availability: iOS and Android; free download and subscription

 

 

Check out Capella University’s financial planning checklist to help guide you through the overall financial aid process.

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