Four Easy Ways to Make Fastweb Work for You

There are five key techniques you can use to make Fastweb work for you. Try these out to simplify your paying-for-college quest!

Shawna Newman

September 27, 2022

Four Easy Ways to Make Fastweb Work for You
Check out the tools on Fastweb that were created to make your search easier.
You’ve made the first step to help you pay for college by creating your free Fastweb account—congrats. Unfortunately, far too many American students don’t get this far. We’re looking to change this! The world of scholarship hunting has drastically changed within the last decade. Gone are the days of purchasing massive, phone-booked sized scholarship lists. As you can imagine, these printed resources were outdated rather quickly and were not reliable tools for students or their families. This all changed in 1995— Fastweb’s birthday. Fastweb pioneered the online scholarship database and scholarship search engine, and continues to be the most trusted national scholarship directory for United States students and parents. Unlike other “so-called” scholarship sites, our research team vets each and every scholarship before it’s placed within our database.
And we’re not just about scholarships, we offer several exclusive tools to help students and parents, too. Below are five ways you can make Fastweb work for you:

How to Use Fastweb to Find Scholarships

  1. Visit Your Scholarship Dashboard Regularly.
  2. When you log in to the updated My Fastweb, you’ll see new scholarship matches since your last login, the total number of scholarships you have been matched to, as well as the total number of dollars you could earn if you applied to each scholarship on your matches page.
    Once you select See Matches from the dashboard, you’ll find specific scholarship deadlines and award amounts.
    You can also sort through your matched scholarships list by college, major, location, and featured scholarships or new scholarships.

  3. Keep Your Fastweb Profile Current.
  4. Login and view your Fastweb profile often. Make it a habit to reassess and update your profile monthly. For instance, when you move up another grade level—update your profile. Maybe your GPA increased or you joined a new club or extracurricular activity? If so, update it. You’ll qualify for more merit scholarships. Considering another major? Tell us about it. The trick is to ensure your profile reflects the true you. The more current your profile is, the better scholarship matches you’ll receive. This makes finding and applying for scholarships so much easier!
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    Pro Tip:

    Use the Profile Wizard to verify or update your current school year, the year you’re applying for scholarships, your major interests, career objectives, ACT/SAT test scores, memberships you’re a part of, fraternity or sorority memberships and more!

  5. Keep Track of Your Scholarship Search.
  6. The functionality of each student’s Fastweb profile was recently updated to help you stay organized.
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    Use the heart icon on your scholarship dashboard to favorite a particular scholarship opportunity.
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    From your scholarship matches list, select the green check mark icon to highlight the scholarships you have already applied for.
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    You can also help to enhance your scholarship matching algorithm by using the “More” menu drop down to boost your scholarship search experience.
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    Pro Tip:

    Keep yourself organized. Take advantage of updating the status of each scholarship from your matched list each time you visit.

  7. Check Out the National Scholarship Directory.
  8. Feel free to dig around Fastweb’s National Scholarship Directory. This massive list categorizes all vetted scholarships and grants into simple groups. Think of it as your scholarship sandbox—sift through scholarships by: • State • Heritage • Religion • School year • Other unique circumstances Use The National Scholarship Directory to find those weird scholarships to help you pay for college!

  9. NEW: Invite Your Support Team to Use Fastweb’s College Planning Tool
  10. The College Planning Tool was designed for parents and guardians of soon-to-be and current college students. This parent resource includes how-to information on the college planning process, and many FAQs that parents ask about college planning and college admissions. Parents can use the tool to prepare for college and plan for the FAFSA each year, too!

Fastweb at Your Service

We encourage you to consider these four ways to make Fastweb work for you and to try the tips suggested above. After this, create your own Fastweb process; do what works best for you! Start with visiting and playing with each of the four highlights we mentioned above. Check out our helpful scholarship lists and articles to stay up-to-date! Our goal is simple, to make it as easy as possible for you to find, apply for and hopefully win scholarships to pay for school. After all, it shouldn't be so hard being a high school or college student. See what’s happening daily by joining us on our social platforms: • TikTokInstagramFacebookTwitter

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