When it comes to paying for college, scholarships offer some of the best resources for students, because scholarships, like grants, provide money that students do not need to repay. 

Though high school students might assume that scholarships are only available to high school seniors or that they are only available at a certain time of year, high school students of all ages can start applying for scholarships, and you’ll find opportunities year round!

The shortest, most direct answer to the question “When should high school students start applying for scholarships?” is: right now! 

Start Early

The most important piece of advice you’ll hear is that you should start applying for scholarships as early as possible. The earlier you start, the more scholarships you can access, and the fewer deadlines you’ll miss. Once you begin the search, you’ll likely find that opportunities seem endless.