Scholarships generally fall into two categories - merit-based or need-based. A scholarship that has a financial need requirement is a need-based scholarship. Scholarships.com has plentiful need-based scholarship opportunities for students who can't pay the full price of college tuition and who require financial aid to attend school.
A scholarship awarded on financial need will almost always require proof of filing the FAFSA, aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Other need-based scholarships may only apply to students whose families fall within a specific income bracket, which is information you will need when completing the FAFSA. As you can see, if you're a student looking for scholarship opportunities based on financial need, filing the FAFSA is a must! Look to our FAFSA section for more information on how to file the FAFSA so you can be ready to apply for need-based scholarships.