Want help paying for school?
The RaiseMe app describes itself as your “personal roadmap to the billions of scholarship dollars that colleges award every year” and aims to help students figure out what schools are looking for and which ones might be the best fit.
You must be under 21 years old to set up an account. Once you do, you’ll be guided through some basic questions—like where you go to high school, your expected graduation year, and a list of your activities—that help build out your portfolio and match you with scholarship offers from more than 300 schools across the country.
Bonus: It’s totally free.
You have the ability to add courses you’ve taken in high school, along with your grades and the level of the class (i.e., regular, honors, or AP) as well as test scores, community service, extracurricular activities, and jobs outside of school to round out your portfolio. Students can also follow specific colleges and universities that are of particular interest. The app pairs students with “micro-scholarships” based on their individual achievements. These are offered by colleges and universities that have partnered with RaiseMe on the initiative. Each educational institution decides which achievements they want to award money for.
One school might choose to award $50 for an A in English, for example, while another offers $500 for being a member of the math club. You can rack up funding from multiple schools, but you only receive it if you are accepted and attend that particular school. And this is only the minimum a school may give to a student. The institution may choose to offer even more scholarship dollars after seeing a student’s full application—even a possible full tuition scholarship.