I’ll keep this fairly short. There is one abolutely free method to get some money for college or graduate studies and that is to join UPromise.com.
UPromise.com donates a small percent of your purchases with their sponsors into your own private college savings account.
The program first came out when my older son was a senior in high school and I immediately signed up. I entered my grocery card savings card numbers, my CVS card number, and some credit cards so that if I used those cards at certain merchants — Mobil/Exxon, Bed Bath and Beyond, I’d get some money into my (my son’s) account. They also give you contributions to many online retailers, if you go through the Upromise.com website before you make your purchase. Note, that if you currently have a credit card, like Discover which pays you cash back, you can still get THAT cash back reward AND the Upromise contribution to your college fund.
Bottom Line: with very little effort, in the time from when my son started his senior year of high school until when he graduated, I received over $1000 from Upromise.
If you found a $1000 scholarship where “everyone is a winner,” would you apply? Sure you would, so go to UPromise.com and sign up NOW. It’s a no-brainer.