Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid for Returning Students

The Returning Students' Program of the Counseling Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, is designed for individuals aged 25 and over who have experienced a break in their formal education, and would like to return to or begin college study.

Applicants who are members of this category are eligible to apply for Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid and should refer to the Application Process for guidance on how to apply for aid. As a class of students, returning students are not subject to unique requirements for applying for aid or specific aid programs. Returning students do, however, have special eligibility for certain scholarship and aid programs intended to support the adult learner.

Scholarships are listed in order of deadline.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship: Design an advertisement against distracted driving; you will be judged based on the quality of the content, it’s usability as an ad (billboard, commercial, PSA, banner, etc) and how it effectively convinces drivers to stay focused on the road. We are looking for creative, and helpful ads with maybe a bit of humor or irony.


Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

David Ghozland, M.D. is proud to support the next generation of medical professionals by providing a $1,000 scholarship to a student showing excellent promise studying in the sciences or medical field. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in order to help support their efforts towards earning a degree.

Any student at a four-year accredited university or college is eligible to apply. Please submit an essay of up to 1,000 words (maximum) that answers the following question:

What contribution will you make to the medical world once you graduate?


Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

The law firm of Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, PC is pleased to offer the PS&R Injury Scholarship. This scholarship is available to individuals who are attending or plan to attend a regionally-accredited community college, college, or university in the United States.


Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Television has changed a lot over the last 20 years. Shows no longer are appointment viewing and with the inventions of DVR and On-Demand options has made watching television shows easier. Along with that, more people are consuming television programming with and talking about it, sometimes in real time, on various social media platforms.

Because SAT TV Depot is extremely passionate about quality television and the social viewing experience. We’ve seen an increase in better and more engaging shows. So we ask:

Have you ever been influenced to start watching a new TV show because of social media? Which show? Did it live up to the hype?


Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

Our custom writing service works hard to make your college life easier. We offer professional help with essay writing to everyone in need and are happy to reap the fruits of labour in the form of your improved grades and academic proficiency. However, we’ve decided to go even further and provide a college scholarship of $1,000 to the proud winner of our contest. Applicants must submit a 400-500 word creative narrative essay answering the questions provided.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

I founded with a single goal in mind: to help students solve academic writing troubles and start writing better essays. It’s time to check if I made any progress with that, so I invite all readers of my website to take part in a challenging writing contest. It will be fun!

You’ll get a chance to get your essay published and earn a valuable prize that will motivate you to become an even better writer. Freedom of speech is the main motto of this contest, so you can express any opinions related to the topic you choose!


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

DannyandDrew is offering an annual $1,500 scholarship as an award for the winner of an essay contest. Students interested in applying are required to write a 300-500-word essay on either the advantages of renting versus owning during college years or what real estate rental income opportunities could mean to college students


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

The Law Office of Joseph J. LoRusso P.A. understands that obtaining a college degree is often the foundation of a successful career in the modern economy. We also are well-aware that the rising costs of higher education can but a significant financial strain on both students and their families. In some cases, the costs associated with attending college may keep achieving the dream of earning a degree out of reach for some students.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Millenial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship offered by Extreme Technologies. Students interested in applying are required to write a 500-word essay or a two-minute video on how Millennials see themselves contributing to help Legacy companies gain a competitive advantage.

US Citizens currently enrolled at full-time, at an accredited American university or college with a course of study in business, technology, engineering or finance.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Narei is offering an annual $1,500 scholarship for U.S. students enrolled in an accredited American university or college. To apply, write a 300-500 word essay discussing Millennial’s aversion in real estate and why investing is important.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

The Normandie Law Firm has established the Normandie Law Firm Access-For-All Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any student pursuing a post-secondary education (community college, undergraduate or graduate degree programs, law school, or business school) who wishes to pursue a career in the legal field. Each year, the firm will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $1000.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

PritzkerLaw is offering a $3,000 annual scholarship to students who demonstrate a drive to improve food safety and protect public health. Students interested in applying are required to write a 300-500-word essay.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Scottyancey is offering an annual $1,500 scholarship to help students in their educational path. Students interested in applying are required to write a 300-word essay on how entrepreneurship changed in America.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Simpler Option is offering a $3,000 First place and $2,000 second place scholarship to support students in their educational endeavors. To enter students must submit an essay of 800-1,00 words discussing how higher education can better prepare students to take part in online trading and better utilize online trading tools.

US Citizens currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college with a major in finance or a related field.


Application Deadline: June 1, 2016 is offering a $2500 scholarship to students majoring in Pre-Law, Family Law, Law, Criminal Justice or Sociology. Students interested in applying for the scholarship are required to submit a 1000 word legal essay outlining the step-by-step process of divorce proceedings.


Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship Los-Angeles-DUI-Attorney-Diabetes-Scholorship It is our pleasure to announce the first ever Los Angeles DUI Attorney Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is intended to support one hard working, high achieving college student who lives with diabetes. is proud of the work we do connecting drivers with the top DUI lawyers in California. But we believe it’s just as important to nourish the next generation of leaders and professionals—and we want to do that where it matters most.

Many of us involved in the site have seen firsthand how diabetes can change a life. Often, it comes without warning and it can radically alter how a person lives from day to day. But we also believe that diabetes should not be an impediment to pursuing your dreams. We want to help a student with diabetes complete their college education and launch their career.

We urge all eligible students to apply, and we look forward to reading the essays and bestowing this scholarship.


Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

Safer® Brand is opening this scholarship to any student who will be enrolling in college or any other post-secondary education in their following semester. This means if you'll be in college next semester, you can apply. This scholarship is open to all areas of study or major.


Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

At X3Watch, we are known for helping people live a safe, healthy and happy life both on the internet and in their everyday interactions. As the leading accountability software online, we know that this is easier for some than it is for others and we’re dedicated to helping make a difference. That is why the X3Watch team is honored to announce the first-ever Multiple Sclerosis Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has dealt with MS either themselves or with a loved one. We are asking students to share their personal experience with MS by submitting a 500-1,000 word essay on one of our provided topics. It is our hope that through this scholarship program our team can honor the lives of those impacted by MS and assist them in pursuing their goals towards higher education.


Application Deadline: June 19, 2016

Write a 750 word essay describing what “personal service” is and ways it can be implemented in a modern accommodation businesses. Prove a thoroughness of thought, a creative approach and correct spelling and grammar. Highlight an image of hospitality service true to the values of personal contact, while supporting claims with evidence. A $500 award goes to the most proficient participant.


Application Deadline: June 25, 2016

EssaysCapital announces an international essay writing contest for everyone who's willing to showcase superb skills in creative and critical thinking. This is your best chance to get recognition for your talent.


Application Deadline: June 26, 2016

As there are so a lot of talented writers out there, we can’t miss the chance to introduce their wonderful essays to the humanity. We’ve been helping you guys to improve your skills and now it’s time to demonstrate them to the whole world. You’re more than welcome to take part in our contest! We’ve prepared some valuable prizes for the winners and also promise to publish the winner’s work on our website. You can freely express your thoughts and defend your point of view staying on the topic. Additionally, by submitting a great essay, you’ll provide the students from all over the world with a sample of a flawless paper. Remember, honesty is the main key to your readers’ hearts


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

Classic Shapewear is a proud supporter of artistic ambitions, and we’re pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity that honors creativity and imagination! If you’re a high school senior on your way to college or a current college student, this scholarship is “designed” specifically for you. Beginning on March 31st, we’re holding an open call for your design inspiration boards.


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

Awarded to any college student (graduate OR undergraduate) who aspires to live a healthy, active life while in college.


Jim Ross Law Group Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

At the Jim Ross Law Group, we understand how important it is to give back to your community. Founder Jim Ross is a former Marine and Arlington police officer. He takes pride in representing people in Arlington and surrounding areas who need help with a legal problem. Jim has also helped put on the Arlington Police Foundation's "Back the Blue Bash" for the past three years. The Bash helps fund essential equipment and programs for the Arlington Police Department.

Consequently, Jim understands how important it is for young people to develop a sense of helping the community. That's why the Jim Ross Law Group has created a $1,000 scholarship to award to an undergraduate student who has shown a commitment to helping out his or her community.


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

The scholarship is free to apply for and the deadline for applications is June 30 2016. Applicants are asked to submit a 750-1000 word essay on why they wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field. The successful applicant will be awarded $500 which they are free to spend as they wish.


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

To qualify, all participants must be college-bound high school seniors or currently enrolled in college. We strongly encourage applicants to follow ShirtSpace on Facebook and Instagram. Each applicant must design a tee on their own — no exceptions! Our favorite T-shirt designs will be exciting, unique, and will deliver an inspiring message. Whoever shows us the most impressive and original design will be the ShirtSpace scholarship winner!


Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

We at reviewing skin lightening creams available in the United States. We are herewith providing a scholarship to help the students cover their tuition fees for the year 2016.


Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

The Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers at Knapp & Roberts are offering a $2,500 scholarship for college-bound or currently enrolled students who are pursuing a special education degree. To apply for this special education degree scholarship, please write a minimum 500-word essay sharing why you are pursuing a special education degree and how you would benefit from this scholarship.


Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

The DogVacay Scholarship is an annualscholarship designed to award the student with the best start-up idea with a $3,500 scholarship as well as a one-on-one session with our CEO to discuss their idea.


Application Deadline: July 8, 2016

Applicants must have a major declared in a science related field and enrolled or accepted for enrollment. Applicants must make a top ten list of your favorite emerging technologies and write a personal statement of 500 words or less on how you plan to use your degree to further advance science in your field of interest.


Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

In order to apply, applicants must submit a 500+ word essay on the following topic:

“Why is it important to society that males and females be given equal opportunity to participate in youth and college sports?”


Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

Prompt: In 500 to 700 words, pick any person who signed the Constitution of the United States and write a report on why you chose them.

"N.B. It cannot be George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, or Benjamin Franklin." Essays are to be attached to the dropbox at "No mail or e-mail will be accepted, Electronic Submission only.”


Application Deadline: July 16, 2016

As a student you have the position to innovate and create new opportunities in the world around you. Autonomy Technology Inc. is an electrical distributor, designer, and manufacturer of portable power equipment. Energy systems, specifically those used to power large scale temporary power operations, require constant innovation to stay competitive and efficient.

The energy industry always needs more engineers and unique thinkers willing to take risks, step out, and make a change.


Application Deadline: July 31, 2016

The Clearwater auto accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group, understand the value of education. After all, all of our attorneys have earned an undergraduate degree and successfully completed a rigorous juris doctorate program during law school. We also understand that college can place a tremendous financial strain on both students and their families.


Application Deadline: August 1, 2016

Whether it’s playing an instrument, a physical talent, or any other special skill you have, we want to hear how it’s progressed throughout your life. We want to know who has helped you grow your skills and encouraged you to keep working on your ability. Tell us about how you’ve pushed yourself to get better and why.


Application Deadline: August 1, 2016

Healthdaddy is excited to sponsor the 2016 Healthdaddy Scholarship to currently enrolled college students participating in educational programs involving Health Care, Fitness, Nutrition or Science.

Featuring a $5,000 grand prize and a runner-up $2,000 award, the Healthdaddy Scholarship will be accepting applications from current students attending an accredited college or university in the United States. Any student interested in participating should submit a copy of their current transcript as well as an answer to the essay question provided below. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits and the content of the application essay they provide.


Application Deadline: August 5, 2016

Each year, we give a $600 scholarship to students who apply to our program. To apply, you must be a enrolled student or intending to enroll at a college or university and you must provide an article that is about a Search/Internet Marketing.(AT Least 1000 words) Topics include Search Engine Optimization, Pay per click advertising, social media marketing, website development, e-commerce, video advertising, mobile advertising, mobile app advertising, digital marketing or Internet Marketing. If there is a topic you wish to write about that is not listed that will be accepted for review as well.



Application Deadline: August 15, 2016

Applicants must write a 750 word essay based on the following question: "What motivates you to study and ultimately practice law? What impact do you hope to have on the community around you?" Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or applying for a undergraduate degree program is eligible to apply. Enrollment must be at an accredited US college, university, or trade school.


Application Deadline: August 15, 2016

At BYLLP, we consistently look for evidence to help protect our clients from accidents or wrong-doing, and uphold their rights. In part, this requires a ethical commitment to due process and a clear focus on finding truth.

Everyone has the capacity to change the world – especially with the right education. That’s why we’re offering a $1,000 scholarship for use at the college of your choice


Application Deadline: August 15, 2016

At The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, our Louisiana personal injury attorneys value education and helping those in need. We also understand that school can be a significant expense and know how hard it can be for students and their families to make ends meet. Between housing, tuition, books, and school supplies, the cost of attending college or graduate school can easily rise into the tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. In an effort to make things a little easier for students and their families, we are pleased to be offering a yearly $2,500 scholarship to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future.


Application Deadline: August 15, 2016

The White Buffalo Club, a boutique hotel in Jackson Hole Wyoming, awards a scholarship to one student annually in the amount of $500. Challenge to prospective Scholarship winners: Write a unique, creative essay of a minimum of 800 words on Jackson Hole, Wyoming to attract tourists to visit and vacation in the area.


Application Deadline: August 16, 2016

Applicants must write a 750 word essay that highlights an original idea that makes a home more energy efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable. Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, or applying for a undergraduate degree program is eligible. Enrollment must be at an accredited US college, university, or trade school.


Application Deadline: August 23, 2016

For over 20 years, The Kaplan Group has had extensive experience solving problems and negotiating B2B transactions for clients large and small. Now, we want to give back. We see value in continuous education and helping students grow. Because of this, The Kaplan Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a business or law-oriented degree program.


Application Deadline: August 24, 2016

Albertson & Davidson,LLP is offering a 2500 College Scholarship to the winner of an essay contest. Students currently attending or planning to attend a college or a university during the fall 2015 academic year are eligible to apply.


Application Deadline: September 1, 2016

Karman Healthcare is offering two $500 scholarships for students who have a mobility disability, the entry would be an essay or poem, the next deadline the theme is to create a presentation of how disability laws can be improved in the US.


Application Deadline: September 1, 2016

Sweeney Merrigan Law is devoted to representing individuals who have suffered an unnecessary and otherwise preventable harm. For this reason, Sweeney Merrigan Law would like to honor and thank emergency responders who are at the forefront of eliminating these dangers from our community. As a small thank you for their commitment to safety, Sweeney Merrigan Law is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to aid Fire Fighters, Police Officers and EMTs who are currently enrolled in classes.


Application Deadline: September 7, 2016

Applicants must compose a 500-1000 word essay only eligible in the form of Word or PDF and send it to telling about Would you often use forms in daily life? What convenience forms have brought to you? Eligibility extends to full time students enrolled in a university, college, or technical institute with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Application Deadline: October 1, 2016

About the Future Innovators Scholarship Program: Equal access to education is one of the main pillars of StudySoup's values. To further propagate access to education for all, StudySoup recently announced a $2,000 scholarship for outstanding students enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities.


Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

As investment professionals, we recognize there is no greater investment than in the education of future generations. As part of our commitment, CIC Wealth will be providing a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to one selected student. We hope that this scholarship will contribute to the educational opportunities and future of this student.


Application Deadline: October 31, 2016

At Furnace Record Pressing, we believe there is an audiophile in each and every one of us. After all – who doesn’t love top quality sound? With the resurgence of vinyl records,, this generation is being reintroduced to the unparalleled analog experience. As sound and duplication ambassadors, we encourage all individuals to express themselves through music. That is why we have created the Music to Our Ears Scholarship.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Hard work, business savvy and a passion for traveling all across this world of ours has earned us a successful business and a means of flying in style. We know first-hand our difficult it can be to pay for the education you need for the life you want.

That’s why we’ve decided it’s time to give back to our dedicated readers who are pursuing a higher education. If you’re interested in earning a scholarship worth $1,000, keep reading to find out how you can win this prize!


Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Burning Tree presents an annual $1,000 college scholarship to deserving college and university students.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Legend compression wear is offering a $500 scholarship. In order to enter applicants must be a current College Student or incoming Freshman and must submit a 500 word minimum blog article about the topic: “What it means to Be a LEGEND in my life”


Application Deadline: December 15, 2016

This year, Berbay Marketing & PR will continue its support awarding another scholarship to a deserving student who demonstrates a high level of writing skill, academic excellence and creativity. The annual scholarship will be awarded to a single student working towards a degree in marketing, public relations or communications.

The deadline to submit is December 15th, 2016 by 5:00 p.m


Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

At the Atlanta law firm of Boling Rice, LLC, our attorneys understand the value of education as well as the often significant costs associated with obtaining one. As attorneys, we are well aware of the financial strain that tuition, books, parking, and other educational expenses can put on both students and families. We value helping people who show promise and initiative, and for this purpose are pleased to be offering a $1,000 yearly scholarship to help students meet their financial needs. In order to qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be either a current or incoming college student, and must participate in our essay competition on the legal topic detailed on our website.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

The Kenneth P. Carp college scholarship is open to individuals who are planning to attend or currently enrolled in an accredited United States college or university. In order to participate, applicants must submit a 500-word essay answering the question provided. All students who plan on pursuing a course of study at a college or university for the school year of 2015-2016 are encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

The Lakehouse Drug and Alcohol Treatment center is taking applications for its 2016 annual scholarship giveaway. As a place of sanctuary for those suffering in the grip of addiction and alcoholism, The Lakehouse Recovery Center is focused on not only helping people overcome addiction, but also giving them a second chance to pursue their dreams.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

Consideration for this scholarship will be based on many factors, including GPA, participation in extra-curricular activities, school organizations, community service, and mainly, the writing of a 500 to 1000 word essay.

Open to everyone except orthopedic surgeons.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

Golden Meadows Kennel is offering a $1,000 Annual College Scholarship! We are dedicated to helping students interested in general animal husbandry and/or pre-veterinary studies.


Application Deadline: January 1, 2017

Affording college and accompanying expenses can be tough (we’ve been there). With the continual increases in tuition costs, books, and cost of living, college students need all of the assistance they can get. Our scholarship fund was created to help qualifying students offset some of the expenses associated with improving their education.


Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

This award is only available to students that are currently enrolled at a college, university, high school or trade school. Applicants must be a citizen of the United states. To apply, write an informative and creative essay on one of your chosen questions between 350-600 words


Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, a personal injury law firm in San Diego, CA, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring law student throughout the United States.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Vantage Point Recovery is offering our inaugural General Education and Mental Health Education Scholarship! We are dedicated to helping to support education specific to mental health.


Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

SaveBee Scholarship Program helps exceptionally talented and motivated students from developing the world and to overcome the biggest obstacles to education. We are glad to inform you that we are herewith conducting a scholarship program for the graduate students of the United States of America, so that the prize money of this scholarship program can be helpful for their financial assistance. All you need to do is, participate in this scholarship program and get the financial assistance you need.


Application Deadline: January 1, 2020

It's possible to offset some of the costs of earning a public health degree by tapping into a variety of available public health scholarships. Application processes and award amounts vary from program to program, but students may apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously. This website provides various scholarship opportunities for students to be able to browse through and apply for.


Application Deadline: December 15, 2020 will award two $1,000 scholarships annually in each of the fall and spring semesters to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs at any accredited United States college or university.

Deadlines are Dec. 15th and May 15th of each year


Application Deadline: December 31, 2099 was created to help meet the demand for qualified computer scientists in the workforce. We provide an in-depth overview of the field – including education – and serve as an introduction for the next generation of programmers, engineers and developers.