Our new “College Financial Aid” section lists universities’ scholarships and grants

NOTE: When this post was originally written, the feature was called “College Scholarships” but has recently been renamed “College Financial Aid.” We have updated the  headline to reflect this but kept the rest of the post the same.

Where we came from

For two years, we’ve built a platform to allow students, counselors, and parents an easy way to find scholarships they’re eligible for, filter through the noise, and apply to their favorites—all right from our platform. Now, over 200,000 students across 10,000 high schools use Going Merry.

But external, independent scholarships are only one part of the financial equation. Universities themselves also offer financial aid packages.

Introducing: College Scholarships

So now, we’re excited to announce a new section on our website called “College Scholarships.” (Note: You have to sign up or log in to a student account to access it.)

This page will list a range of colleges we’re working with, to make their financial aid offerings clearer to students. Each college provides an overview of their financial aid program, with examples of aid packages for different household income levels. And when you choose to “Learn more” about any college, we’ll pass on your name and details. This way, the college can reach out to you directly with information tailored to your specific case.

See the introductory walk-through video below:

Which colleges do we feature? UVA and others!

So far, we’ve got 5 colleges on board, including the prestigious University of Virginia. UVA has committed to meeting students’ full financial need, for both in-state and out-of-state applicants.

College Scholarships - University of Virginia financial aid

But this is just the beginning; in the coming weeks and months, we’ll be building out this section with more colleges—all of which want to show you just how much money is on the table.

And remember: This direct aid from colleges is all in addition to whatever award money you might win from independent scholarships.

Why did we add this?

We know how difficult it is to navigate how to pay for college. 3 in 4 high school seniors we surveyed said they would change their first choice college, if they got substantial aid somewhere else.

We hope this new College Scholarships section will allow you to make more financially informed decisions about which college you apply for, and which college you choose to attend.

Stay tuned for other features too! We’re building out a range of tools to help students make more financially informed decisions about college.

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You might also be interested in:
The ultimate financial aid guide—including information like what’s FAFSA? What’s a Pell Grant? What’s the difference between a PLUS loan or a Perkins loan?
12-step guide on how to apply to scholarships – including some helpful tips to get organized, so you can win that moneys!
5 awesome scholarship essays that worked – with examples of winning essays and a breakdown of why they were good

Charlotte Lau

Charlotte remembers the anxiety of college application time, trying to get into a good university and then finding enough funds to pay for it. She joined Going Merry as Head of Growth, to help make that college process a little less stressful. Charlotte holds a BA from Stanford and a MPP from Oxford—degrees both funded by scholarships. For several years, she also tutored academic writing and edited college/fellowship applications, as a side hustle.

Ready to find scholarships that are a match for you?